See & Do

Edinburgh Castle

The castle sits on a volcanic crater carved by a glacier -- quite a dramatic location -- and endured battle after battle with the English until the 2 crowns finally united.

Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG, UK

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The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile begins at Edinburgh Castle and ends at Holyrood Palace. This famed road takes you through Edinburgh's Old Town and is the main tourist hub, loaded with shops, museums and pubs celebrating all things Scottish.

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse

It was always cold and rainy at Edinburgh Castle, so the royals built other residences, including the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Canongate, The Royal Mile, EH8 8DX, UK

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Calton Hill

Calton Hill is home to some of the most interesting and eccentric monuments in Great Britain and offers some of the most panoramic views of the city.

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Princes Street Gardens

The Scottish love a good walk, and in Edinburgh, one of the best places to do that is at Princes Street Gardens, a gorgeous, lush park.

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Old Town Closes

A favorite activity in Edinburgh is to explore Old Town's closes. These steep, narrow alleyways, which run off the Royal Mile, got their name because they used to be closed off at night.

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Edinburgh Festival

Every August, the Edinburgh Festival takes place featuring the International Festival, Jazz and Blues Festival, International Book Festival, and The Fringe -- a festival celebrating avant-garde arts.

Sleep

Glasshouse

The Glasshouse is considered one of the top hotels in the world. This boutique hotel features rooms that wrap around a 2-acre rooftop terrace.

2 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA, UK

Eat

Bow Bar

Just off the Royal Mile, you'll find the Bow Bar. With its huge selection of whiskies and beers, it's a local favorite.

80 West Bow, Edinburgh, UK