Planning A Weekend In Edinburgh, Scotland
Situated in the southeast of Scotland, Edinburgh houses the Scottish Government. Though this capital is only second to size of its neighbor Glasgow, the city doubles its population size each year during the International Edinburgh Festival which covers the whole four weeks of August.
Dubbed as the “Athens of the North”, Edinburgh offers dramatic landscapes, fascinating architectures, and history filled with science, art and philosophy from the 18th century. The city is divided into parts, the Old Town and New Town. The New Town contains fine Georgian architecture while the Old Town is dominated by the Edinburgh Castle.
Whether you spend the weekend in the either of the towns, you should try these fun things while in Edinburgh.
Walk the Royal Mile – The Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh is not to be missed. Stretching one full mile, it’s the procession to the Edinburgh Castle. On this strip you’ll find countless tourist shops, restaurants and pubs.
Visit Our Dynamic Earth. A paradise for the kids and the kids-at-heart. This place offers you 14 interactive galleries that bring you back to the creation of the universe 14 billion years ago, and then bring you forward to the present. You can squeal during an earthquake simulation, touch a real mini-iceberg, and gaze curiously at bubbling prehistoric ‘soup’.
Join the Mary King’s Close Tour. Immerse yourself in that historic vibe when the city was closed when a plague broke in the 17th century. To add authenticity, the tour guides dress in the guise of actual dwellers from the age and tell dark tales in an entertaining yet informative manner.
Make arts and crafts at The Imagination Workshop. Be in for a real treat and hours and hours of creative play. You can make your own Halloween mask, pumpkins, or even a customized Holiday present. All the materials you need are available inside the shop and there will always be a helping hand when you get stuck.
Be part of the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. Witness the impressive fireworks display that indicates the start of a 3-day event. You can also buy a torch and join the procession or dance all night long with a beautiful backdrop of the Edinburgh Castle.
Experience the Self-Catering Accommodation. Edinburgh defines Self-catering as providing tourists a full-equipped place such as cottages complete with amenities, has a rural appeal but is close to the heart of the city. You can always opt to choose a 5-star hotel but you are assured you will be pampered in either of the two options.
Be never alone in a pub. Popular to have a long brewing history, the city has numerous bars and inns that will give you a warm welcome. There are cool and funky pubs that cater mainly to the student population; some are specialist jazz and piano bars; and several popular comedy clubs that never fail to make you smile before the night ends.
Delight in the pleasure of eating out. The cafes and restaurants are abundant and offer a wide range of flavors and environment. Children are welcomed and all of your requests will be met. Some serve Italian, Chinese and Indian cuisines, and there are also ones that cater to vegans. If there are festivals during the time of your visit, you can enjoy your food in the outdoor seating and marvel as the world goes by.
Take a day exploring the boutiques. The city offers a paradise for the shopaholics at heart. Whether you need gorgeous lingerie, a set of gemmed earrings for party, or just want a pair of Jimmy Choos for sightseeing, Edinburgh has it for you.
Escape the hustle and bustle. Book a thrilling trip and see the charming islands, coastlines, and bridges with Edinburgh Boat Charters. You will be briefed over a cup of coffee which allows you to meet your fellow sailors. They accommodate up to groups of 8 people. Don’t worry if you’re sailing alone because you’re welcome to join groups. They also provide quality waterproof outfits and life vests for comfort and safety.
Indulge the archeologist in you. Mr. Woods Fossils is a store and resource for a variety of plants and animals that once graced the earth. Small fossils can be used in jewelries and big ones can serve as excellent ornamental pieces. The shop also offers precious stones like the amethyst, lapis lazuli, aquamarine and other crystals and minerals that take on beautiful and interesting forms.
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