Edinburgh is to London as poetry is to prose, as Charlotte Brontë once wrote. One of the world's stateliest cities and proudest capitals, it's built—like Rome—on seven hills, making it a striking backdrop for the ancient pageant of history. In a skyline of sheer drama, Edinburgh Castle watches over the capital city, frowning down on Princes Street as if disapproving of its modern razzmatazz. Its ramparts still echo with gunfire each day when the traditional one-o'clock gun booms out over the city, startling unwary shoppers.
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Staying in Old Town means every street you turn down reveals yet another treasure. It also allows morning, mist-filled hikes up to Arthur’s Seat.
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Plan your visit around one rousing, ear-ringing performance. No hearing aid needed to enjoy the spectacle of hundreds of bagpiping, kilt-wearing men.
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It’s hard to resist a pub decorated with loving portraits and statues of dogs. If only there were one under the table to feed your haggis to.
Alcohol and seat pockets are not your friends. Use this advice to avoid getting sick on a plane.
Majestic Edinburgh Castle perches above the renowned Royal Mile. With crown jewels and an ancient stone throne, it’s Scotland’s top paid attraction.
Air travel rules vary by airline, but follow these common standards to avoid being prohibited from flying.
Castle-lovers go crazy in Edinburgh. The Palace of Holyroodhouse, with art-filled state apartments, has hosted Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth II.
Travel insurance can help in case you must cancel your trip or disaster strikes, but there are some considerations before you invest in it.
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