1 The Old Town

The evocative heart of the historic city, with its tenements, closes, courtyards, ghosts and catacombs cheek-by-jowl with many of Scotland’s most important buildings.

2 Edinburgh Castle

Perched on an imposing volcanic crag, the castle dominates Scotland’s capital, its ancient battlements protecting the Crown Jewels.

3 Scottish Parliament

Enric Miralles’ quirky design is a dynamic modern presence in Holyrood’s historic royal precinct.

4 Holyrood Park

Wild moors, rocky crags and an 800ft peak (Arthur’s Seat), all slap in the middle of the city.

5 National Museum of Scotland

The treasures of Scotland’s past housed in a dynamic and superbly conceived building.

6 The Edinburgh Festival

In August and early September, around a million visitors flock to the world’s biggest arts festival, which is in fact a series of separate festivals: bewildering, inspiring, exhausting and endlessly entertaining.

7 Café Royal Circle Bar

There are few finer pubs in which to sample a pint of local 80 shilling beer, accompanied by six oysters (once the city’s staple food).

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