Edinburgh and the Royal Walk

Out of all our guilty pleasures, most of you would surely agree that travelling is one of the best things we can do to escape our busy and sometimes, cruel world. After long days of work and stress, it is always refreshing to know that the world offers us with a lot of ways to pamper ourselves and just forget that we have obligations and responsibilities at home.

Now, if you are still undecided on where to travel, let me be of valuable help. I’ve always loved travelling and one of the places I could not forget is Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Aside from the fact that you would feel like a royalty when you visit this place, there are so many activities you can do to truly experience an exquisite get-away.

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I’ll bet my hundred years that you will surely enjoy Edinburgh’s various landmarks. The city is well-known for the Edinburgh castle, which is located atop a volcanic rock. This castle has witnessed a lot of the major Scottish historical events and the good thing about it is that its outer structure has been genuinely reserved by the locals. Aside from this, you may also tour the city’s other architectural structures such as the Scottish Storytelling Centre, the John Knox House and the Scottish Poetry Library.

Eat Your Heart Out

Experiencing Scotland would never be complete without savoring the town’s notorious cuisine. To do this, I assume that you need to know which restaurant to visit. Stac Polly and DubhPrais both offer tourists and locals the town’s local and home-made delicacies. Aside from a guaranteed happy tummy, spending time in these restaurants is also a good way for you to blend in with the locals.

Be Festive

Aside from Edinburgh’s major tourist attractions, the town also holds a yearly festival. There is no better way of experiencing their culture than planning your visit on this day. You can enjoy varying performances of music, dance and opera at their theatre.

Be an Active Traveler

Nothing is more beautiful than the town’s exquisite volcano. If you are up for the thrill, climbing Arthur’s Seat will truly pleasure you as it would give you the chance to enjoy nature and its many wonders.

Walk It Off

Walking will not only save you money, but it will surely give you the chance to know more locals and to appreciate the beauty of Scotland. Built on hilly roads, Edinburgh was magnificently designed and curved for walking. A good idea would also be for you to join the City of the Dead Tours and the Mercat Walking Tours.

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A stroll down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile…

If you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh for your next getaway, you’ve made a great choice. Not only does it boast an excellent location on the shores of the Forth of Firth, but the city itself is arguably one of the most beautiful and historically alluring in the UK. With so many different areas to explore it can be difficult to know where to start, so why not take the logical approach and begin your journey on the Royal Mile which extends right through the heart of the city.

Explore the past in Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Since its foundation almost 900 years ago, the majestic palace has played a pivotal role in the history of Scotland, particularly in housing Scottish royalty since the 15th century. Head to the State Apartments and observe rooms that are still in use today, including the Throne Room, the Great Gallery and the Morning Drawing Room, which are each decked with paintings and works of art spanning centuries of occupation. At the Historical Apartments, accessible only via a set of 25 stone steps, see the chambers of Mary, Queen of Scots which are filled with the memories of passion, jealousy and murder in the midst of a troubled reign.

Dine: There are a huge range of restaurants to enjoy on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile but probably the most famous is The Witchery, located by the gates of Edinburgh Castle. Popular not only with visitors, but with locals and celebrities too, it offers a delicious menu of Scottish fare and an interesting historical reminder to boot: The Witchery is named after the hundreds of women who were burned at the stake on Castlehill during the 16th and 17th centuries. Inside the restaurant the decoration is lavish and theatrical – perfect for an evening with friends or loved ones.

Drink - not at a bar but at the Whiskey Heritage Centre, where you can learn about more than 300 years of history relating to Scotland’s national tipple. Ride a barrel through a replica distillery on the introductory tour; you’ll hear all about the different colours and flavours a whiskey can have. Then, join the guided tour where experienced staff members will help you find your perfect single malt whiskey with a few tasters, depending on which experience you choose.  And if you’ve got children with you there are characters and themes throughout to help keep them entertained.

Reminisce at the Museum of Childhood which is bursting with collections of toys, books, teddy bears, pedal cars, computer games and more. The first museum in the world dedicated to the history of our youth, it aims to explore all aspects of growing up from play time to health and education. Get involved with interactive exhibits designed to spark creativity and learning in visitors of all ages, and observe the evolution of objects that have entertained us and generations before. Entry is free, but you might want to leave a donation to aid the continuing enjoyment of others for years to come.

Brave Mary King’s Close, the spooky network of long disused streets that lies hidden beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. It’s hard to believe that, in the 17th century, these were once some of the city’s busiest and most exciting streets; sealed off from the world for many years, the close became shrouded in dark mysteries which, even today, remain speculative. If that hasn’t got your spine tingling, the guided tour will certainly test your courage with tales of ghosts, gruesome murders and plague victims who were walled up and left to die. At just £12.95 per adult and £7.45 per child, Mary King’s Close is one of Edinburgh’s favourite and best value attractions.

Discover the secrets of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s most visited paid tourist attraction. This iconic fortress sits atop Castle Rock and looks down on the city as though still protecting it from unseen enemy advances. Steeped in history spanning hundreds of years, the castle has been used as a royal residence, a military base, a war prison and, today, stands as a proud monument and museum dedicated to preserving this magnificent piece of Scottish heritage. Even if you think you’ve seen your fair share of castles already, this is one you’ll definitely regret missing if you avoid it on your visit to Edinburgh.

With so many things to see and do, you’d be forgiven for spending your whole holiday wandering down this central stretch. However, the city’s compact size means that venturing to other areas like the West End, Haymarket and Leith is easy to do, and there’s a myriad of hotels and serviced accommodation on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile that will allow you to explore the city to its fullest.