A Guide To Edinburgh’s Most Important Landmarks

Edinburgh is one of Scotland’s most beautiful cities. Rich in culture and history plus a majority of the world’s best restaurants and bars, this Scottish city has been entertaining and wowing tourists for years. It gives utmost importance to it’s historical landmarks, making it a place that should be visited and be proud of. A 2 night’s stay won’t be enough for you to see the wonders of Edinburgh, so I suggest that you visit these 5 important landmarks first before going to its other famous places.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a well preserved landmark that stands between the Old Town area. The curve of massive artillery, known as the Half Moon Battery is the castle’s main feature. It was built to defend the eastern side of the fortress which was prone to attack. The castle is also famous for the Palace, which is now used as a popular museum, the statues of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, which were famous historical figures during Scotland’s fight for freedom, the Mill’s Mount Battery and the Witch’s Memorial, a place were over 300 women were burned in order to punish them for practicing witch craft. It also gives a spectacular view of the town’s key areas such as Old Town and New Town.

Calton Hill

Calton Hill is home to the Nelson and the National Monument of Scotland. It is famous for it’s historical significance and the amazing views it gives. It has a reproduction of the Athens’ Parthenon, a greek historical structure, that was built into detail but was never finished due to lack of finances. It gives a full and beautiful view of Edinburgh, including the Firth of Forth and other places. CaltonHillalso hosts to the Beltane Festival, which is celebrated and attended by hundreds of people.

Nelson Monument

As a tribute to Admiral Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, the Nelson Monument has provided much attractions to tourists since it was built in 1816. It was designed to be in the shape of Admiral Nelson’s telescope and has a total of 143 steps leading to its highest area. Tourists can enjoy the view of the city’s luscious green fields and other famous places and is indeed worth the effort.

The Royal Mile

As the oldest part of the city, the Royal Mile marks the road running from Edinburgh castle down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is an important landmark that has reminded the city of it’s history for years as well as it’s past events and status. It also famous for its specialty shops and market that include craft shops, tartan clothing outlets and woolen mills.

West Register House

A beautiful townhouse themed residence, West Register House is indeed an eye catcher for tourists because of its complexity and beauty. It is located between Randolph Place and Charlotte Square and was restored to further emanate it’s historical importance. This building housed the West Search Room of the National Archive of Scotland which contained maps.records, plans and other important government documents and microfilm catalogues. It also displays an interesting exhibition of how the region has been shaped by its citizens over the centuries.

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