Edinburgh

In January 2014 I decided to visit Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, one of the cities that surprised me the most in Europe. It is a city that has something special that hooks and surprises. One of the great unknown cities of Europe. The minimum stay is 2 days, I consider the perfect city to spend a weekend from Friday to Sunday.

It is a city with the perfect size to visit it walking, it has a tram and bus lines but I do not consider it necessary to visit all the city.

The best time to visit Edinburgh is in the summer months when the temperatures are highest and you can walk along the street in a pleasant way, the rains are present throughout the year so the umbrella can not miss.

These are the main places to visit in Edinburgh:

Edinburgh Castle

Located at the end of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle is the symbol of the city.

Built on the hill of Castle Hill, the only access road is along the Royal Mile as it is built on a cliff.

Every day at one in the afternoon a cannon is fired as a tradition and tourist attraction.

You can visit the interior for £ 16.

Calton Hill

Calton Hill is a hill from which you get the best views of Edinburgh.

In the highest part we find different monuments such as the Monument to Nelson, Admiral who died in the Battle of Trafalgar and the National Monument, built to honor the fallen in the Napoleonic Wars.

A good time to visit is at sunset to see the city both day and night.

St Giles Cathedral

Located in the middle of the Royal Mile, the Cathedral of St Giles, known as the Cathedral of Edinburgh, does not have the title of Cathedral but Church.

Since its construction in the ninth century it has been renovated on numerous occasions so it presents different styles.

You can visit the interior for free.

The Elephant House


Famous pub for being the place where J.K. Rowling wrote the famous Harry Potter saga.

Located in the old part of the city, you can have a coffee for about € 2 and sit at the tables where this literary phenomenon was created.

Scottish parliament


Opened in 2004 by Queen Elizabeth II and located near the residence of the same in Edinburgh in the Holyrood area.

Note that it was designed by the Spanish architect Enric Miralles.

You can visit it free of charge from Monday to Saturday.

Scott Monument

Gothic monument raised in honor of Walter Scott, a Scottish writer, has a height of 61 meters and a blackened appearance that takes away some attractiveness.

You can climb to the top of the monument through a spiral staircase with 287 steps and walls that become narrower the higher you climb.

You get one of the best views of the city so the small effort is well rewarded.

The price to go up is £ 5.

National Museum of Scotland

Opened in 1998 the museum is composed of two museums, the Royal Museum and the old Museum of Scotland.

The Museum can be visited for free and is one of the essentials of the city, since it has a large number of works from different periods.

One of the curiosities of the museum is that it houses the stuffed Dolly sheep inside.

Royal Mile


Located in the heart of Edinburgh's old town, this is the most important street in the city.

It connects the Castle of Edinburgh with the Palace of Holyrood, along its 1.8 km there are numerous alleys and courtyards that are one of the characteristics of this city.


Holyrood Palace


At the end of the Royal Mile we find the most important Palace of the city, residence during his trips to Scotland of Queen Elizabeth II.

You can visit the interior for a price of £ 12 provided that the Royal Family is not at that time and is recommended to visit thanks to its great interior decoration.


Greyfriars Bobby


Bobby was a dog that became famous in the city in the nineteenth century by staying next to the tomb of its owner for 14 years.

He has written novels and filmed movies with his story and has a statue, his tomb and objects like his necklace in the National Museum of Scotland.


Princes Street Gardens

Gardens located next to the most important and commercial street in the New Town.

They are the most important gardens of Edinburgh and separate the New City from the Old City.

They occupy what for many years was the most important lake in the city that served as a defense of it.

The Usher Hall


Concert hall opened in 1914, is the official venue of the Edinburgh Festival, the most important festival in Scotland that is held every summer and is mainly oriented to music and theater.

The city becomes the month of August in a space where you can enjoy shows on every corner.

Sports section

The main sport in Scotland is rugby in which they have one of the best teams on the world. Football and golf, invented in this country, are also very popular sports

Murrayfield


Murrayfield is the home of the Scottish rugby team and one of the rugby cathedrals.

In him the Rugby Worlds of the years 1991, 1999 and 2007 have been disputed.