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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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