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local attractions

Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, is a historic, cosmopolitan and cultured city. The setting is wonderfully striking; the city is perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags which rise from the generally flat landscape of the Lothians, with the sheltered shoreline of the Firth of Forth to the north.

Edinburgh Castle dominates the city-centre skyline and from its ramparts you can look down on medieval lanes and elegant, sweeping terraces that hold over a thousand years of history, mystery and tradition. Yet you will also see a modern, dynamic capital where international festivals attract the world's leading performers, galleries display cutting-edge art, and bars, restaurants and clubs create a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere with a distinctly Scottish twist.

'Edinburgh' said writer Robert Louis Stevenson, 'is what Paris ought to be'. For more details about visiting Scotland, its beautiful scenery and attractions visit and
Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is worth a day out by itself and contains a wealth of history. The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.

The castle is at the top end of the Royal Mile which is full of interesting architecture and places to visit, such as St. Giles Cathedral, John Knox's House and Mary King's Close.
Edinburgh's Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh's Royal Botanical Gardens
Whilst staying at the victoria park house hotel, why not experience the wonders of the plant kingdom in Scotland’s Premier Garden. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh offers visitors peace and tranquillity amongst 72 acres of stunning scenery. Founded in 1670, the Garden is acknowledged to be one of the finest in the world where unusual and beautiful plants can be found.

The garden is alive with opportunities for discovery, from an eco-tour of the world in the magnificent Glasshouses, featuring Britain 's tallest Palm House, to the award-winning art gallery at Inverleith House. Enjoy the serenity of Chinese Hillside, explore the world-famous Rock Garden or stroll amongst the magnificent giant Redwood trees in the Woodland Garden .

Open all year, the garden hosts a popular programme of events, exhibitions and guided tours. Admission to the garden is FREE.
Palace of Holyroodhouse Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is most strongly associated with the tragic yet romantic story of Mary, Queen of Scots. It was here that a pregnant Mary witnessed the murder of her Italian secretary, David Rizzio.

A tour also allows you a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of royal life today as the palace is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. And afterwards you can always pop across the road to check out the new Scottish Parliament.
Royal Yacht Britannia Royal Yacht Britannia
After touring the world and welcoming the titled and privileged aboard, the Royal Yacht Britannia has now settled into its permanent home in the port of Leith. From the State Dining Room and private royal bedchambers to the interpretation centre in Ocean Terminal, this truly is a five-star attraction.
National Museum of Scotland National Museum of Scotland
The collections tell the story of Scotland : its land, people and culture. What influence has the world had on Scotland, and Scotland on the world?

All the collections have tales to tell; Viking brooches, Pictish stones, ancient chessmen and Queen Mary's clarsach. Connect with Dolly the sheep, design a robot, test drive a Formula One car or blast off into outer space. Part of the Victorian Royal Museum is now closed untill 2011 while 16 new galleries, a learning centre, two hands-on discovery areas and better visitor facilities are installed. Free admission. Charge for some temporary exhibitions
Golf Courses

Golf Courses
Scotland is the home of golf and Edinburgh has over 20 golf courses within a few miles of the city. There are some excellent courses throughout the Lothian region, including Dunbar, North Berwick, Musselburgh, Gullane and The Open Championship course at Muirfield.

Muirfield, venue for the 2002 Open Championship, is simply one of the best courses in the world and is only 20 miles from Edinburgh. For more details on Golf in Edinburgh and surrounding area visit

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edinburgh's hogmanay

Edinburgh fireworks Edinburgh's Hogmanay is a fantastic four-day festival of events, music, street theatre, outdoor activities and of course, the best New Year party in the world.

six nations rugby

Six Nations Rugby fan The highlight of the rugby union calendar - the leading countries in Europe prepare to battle it out in the RBS Six Nations Championship.

Six Nations at Murrayfield 2011
Scotland v Wales - Sat 12th February 2011
Scotland v Ireland - Sun 27th February 2011
Scotland v Italy - Sat 19th March 2011

Murrayfield - the home of Scottish Rugby since 1922 and one of the oldest stadiums in the six nations championships, it also had a facelift in 1994 and today has a capacity of 67,000.

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edinburgh's festivals

Edinburgh Festival Juggler The Edinburgh International Festival, International Film Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe, Book Festival and the Jazz Festival are hosted in Edinburgh around August.

Edinburgh International Festival
12th August - 4th September 2011

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
5th - 29th August 2011

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
5th - 27th August 2011

Many visitors come from all around the world to take part in the Edinburgh Festivals or to watch the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Tattoo is, a spectacle really worth seeing, and seems to get better each year.

On the final night (around the 4/5th of September) there is an unforgettable fireworks display.

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