A trip to Edinburgh is a delightful mixture of culture, food and drink - not to mention the stunning scenery and architecture which gives Scotland's capital its memorable backdrop.
Edinburgh commands spectacular views of the Firth of Forth Estuary, and tourists regularly visit the city to soak up the history and culture inherent in its buildings. Edinburgh Castle is perhaps the most famous of the city's landmarks and sits above Edinburgh like a picturesque guardian. People who enjoy getting out and about will particularly like a trip to Edinburgh as there are all manner of things to see and do.
One of the most popular ways to experience Edinburgh and its history is to join an organized walking tour. There are hundreds of fascinating buildings in Edinburgh that the tourist would need several weeks to really see and enjoy them all! However the best-known architecture is located close to the city centre and is easily accessible on foot. Arthur's Seat is a famous tourist attraction while Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood House are also taken in by walking tours.
No visit to Scotland's capital would be complete without sampling some of the Scottish water of life, Scotch whisky. Whether you are a fan of simple blended whiskies such as Bell's or Teacher's or prefer the more expensive single malt varieties like Talisker and Oban, you will find something to your taste. One great way to sample the delights of Scotch is to take a tour of one of the local distilleries. Edinburgh city centre hotels typically carry plenty of information on the various tours available.
Edinburgh is also renewed for the quality of its shopping these days, with downtown Prince's Street home to all manner of boutiques, tourist shops and department stores. Anyone visiting Edinburgh who wants to take a few souvenirs of their trip home with them could be well advised to head to the city's Royal Mile, which contains many independent specialist shops as well as several galleries. For those on the lookout for something a bit upmarket, Edinburgh also boasts a Harvey Nichols department store.
Another thing for which Scotland is world-famous is golf, and the country boasts several of the most famous golf courses in the world. Tourists and travellers who visit Edinburgh quite often use it as a base for enjoying a few rounds on the courses at St Andrew's, Carnoustie, Muirfield and Troon. Club hire is an easy process for those who don't want to carry their clubs with them on the airplanes while your hotel will be only too happy to help you arrange transfer to a course for an early tee-off time.
Edinburgh is home to some outstanding restaurants today too, and the visitor can dine out in style if they fancy a quality meal out. One of the best-known restaurants in Edinburgh today is run by famous Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart. The city centre is home to hundreds of gourmet quality restaurants where people can enjoy fine dining or should their palates be adventurous, tuck into some haggis, neeps and tatties.
Festival time is another great time of year to visit Edinburgh, particularly around the Edinburgh Festival itself in August. The city is abuzz with visitors throughout August and the streets are filled with theatre, music, comedy and all manner of other great entertainment.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Edinburgh City Centre Hotels content.