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Edinburgh Introduction


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Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, draws on its history to appeal to visitors—with good reason. The Old Town of Edinburgh reverberates with the history of Scottish royalty and romantic literary figures. Crossing Princes Street and glimpsing Edinburgh Castle towering over the New Town is like passing through a time warp to the late 1700s.   Click here to see the full Edinburgh travel guide on Travel42 »

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Edinburgh Geography


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From its location on the banks of the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh enjoys one of the most dramatic settings of any European city. The most distinctive natural landmark, Arthur's Seat, is an extinct volcano around which the oldest parts of town, from Castle Rock down the Royal Mile, cluster on a narrow, rocky ridge surrounded by bare moorland.  Click here to see the full Edinburgh travel guide on Travel42 »

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Edinburgh History


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Castle Rock has been inhabited since the early seventh century, when the Celtic tribe Gododdin named it Dunedin (Dun Eideann). Dun means "hill fort." Allthough it had long been the residence of the King of Scots, it did not become the capital city until the 15th century, a position it still retains.   Click here to see the full Edinburgh travel guide on Travel42 »

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Edinburgh Sightseeing & Things to Do


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There are two "towns" in Edinburgh, the Old Town and the New Town, which are divided by the greenery and floral displays of Princes Street Gardens. Most travelers will want to start their tour in the Old Town, which is dominated by dramatic Edinburgh Castle. It's still headquarters of the Scottish Division of the British Army, and you'll see kilted soldiers performing their duties.  Click here to see the full Edinburgh travel guide on Travel42 »

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Edinburgh Nightlife


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There's a growing trend to reshape Edinburgh into a center for chic cafe culture, and the nightlife choices are wider than ever: vodka bars, theme pubs and semipalatial bars and bistros in converted banks. However, the traditional pub still dominates. Some of the finest pubs Edinburgh has to offer are old-fashioned, with wood paneling and fires in their grates. These time-honored drinking establishments are redolent of Edinburgh's history and culture in a way that museums or historic monuments can never hope to equal. Keep in mind that there is a ban on smoking in both bars and restaurants.  Click here to see the full Edinburgh travel guide on Travel42 »

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Edinburgh Restaurants & Dining


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Edinburgh has seen an explosion in the number and variety of restaurants in recent years.   Click here to see the full Edinburgh travel guide on Travel42 »

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