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Country rank: 1 out of 2 Places To Visit In Scotland

Sub-Region: Southern Shore of the Firth of Forth


Ideal duration: 3 days

Best time: May (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Edinburgh (Check Flights)


"Edinburgh: The Athens of the North"

Edinburgh Tourism

The capital city of Scotland, Edinburg is located in the Central Belt region of the country. The city is a combination of both ancient and modern atmosphere and is divided into two segments: the Old town and the Georgian New City. Edinburgh is now a city of festivals and entertainment. It is also a great place for education.

If you are seeking the flavour of old town of Scotland, Edinburgh is the city to be in. It is a perfect mix of the old flavours of the town along with the new and modern styles. One may either get lost in the alleyways of the Old Town and the castle or admire the Georgian Splendour of the New town and the Calton Hill. Food lovers, this is a paradise for you all. You can get the best modern food cooked using the finest Scottish Ingredients. The backdrop of the city is the Arthur's Seat and the Pentland hills and it makes the city look even more beautiful.

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The pound is the basic unit of currency in Scotland. Pennies are also used here and it stands for the plural term of pence. 100 pence makes one pound. The currency is more of coins and less of notes as there are coins of even 5 pounds. The pound is generally referred to as a "quid".

The rate of exchange of money will be varying as one travels and in major tourist areas, one can find traders who specialise in converting currency including American Dollars and Euro into British Pounds. The best option is exchanging cash at a bank or using an ATM for this. ATMs are pretty common in Edinburgh and one can use their debit or credit card to withdraw cash in pounds from any ATM. There are three major banks in Scotland: The Royal Bank of Scotland, The Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank. They print their own paper money which are legal in Scotland.

Leaving aside the accommodation the average budget of a day in Edinburgh ranges from 55 GBP to 70 GBP. The costs for attractions may sum up to 15-20 GBP while the daily cost for food maybe 25-35 GBP. Travelling by tram saves a lot of money whereas cabs are expensive.

Christianity is the most important religion in Edinburgh, Islam comes second.

There is a traditional dress of Scotland, but no particular dress code is mandatory for the tourists in Edinburgh. People must dress up decently in order to make a good impression. Smoking is not allowed in public places so please refrain from doing so. If you are visiting a local, make sure to buy gifts for them as that is a common etiquette there. In most restaurants, the tips are included in the bill, so you need not pay extra for that.

The common language spoken here is English.

According to evidence, it is said that humans have inhabited in Edinburgh for millenia. It says that humans lived here during 8500. One of the first forts in the city was erected around 600AD. In the seventh century, the English invaded it and named it Eiden's Burgh, where Burgh referes to a fort. A few years later, the Scots got their land bank and then built a castle. A small town was established by 12th century and soon it became a thriving community. The English again began to push their way into the lands of the Socttish, but the Scot leaders resisted in a good way. The Battle of Bannockburn was fought in 1314, when the English were defeated ad Scots remained free for over 400 years. In 1707, Scotland had to become a part of the United Kingdom under pressure, but it had its own church policies as well as legal systems. The new parliament was constituted in Edinburgh in 1999.

There are a lot of traditional pubs across the city. The atmosphere of these pubs are less like pub and are bit quiet in nature. All the pubs in Edinburgh have a large range of Scotch Whiskey on offer. Most of the traditional pubs are in Grassmarket area of the Old Town. There are also many modern clubs and bars coming up these days like Base, George street, Shanghai, Bacaro, Octopussy and Why not.

The most common items to shop for while in Edinburg are the kilts or whiskey. There are also a large number of retailers who supply everything from clothes to art. The Princes street in New Town is the best place for shopping. Luxury shoppers can visit Multrees Walk in New Town. If you are looking for some traditional souvenir shops, try searching them at The Royal Mile.

Edinburgh can be considered as one of those cities which has more restaurants per person than any other town in UK. There are a variety of eateries ranging from fine dining establishments to small pubs and restaurants. Apart from the traditional Scottish dishes, one can also find different types of seafoods, Indian cuisine, Mediterranean cuisine or Chinese cuisine. Normally, a Scottish breakfast consists of a bowl of porridge. Special meat dishes here include Haggis, Black pudding and Scotch Pie. The must try desserts here are Tablet, Cranachan, Shortbread and Clootie dumpling. Never forget to try out the Scotch whiskey here.

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