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Edinburgh


Edinburgh is the capital and second largest city (after Glasgow) of Scotland, in the UK. Edinburgh has in fact been the Scottish capital since 1437, and seat of the revived Scottish Parliament since it first met in 1999. As of the 2001 census, Edinburgh had a population of 448,624.

Perhaps the best known building in Edinburgh is Edinburgh Castle which overlooks the city from Castle Rock. There is archaeological evidence of human habitation on the site since at least the 9th century BCE, but most of the castle buildings actually date to the 16th century - the exception is St. Margaret's Chapel which was built in the early 12th century, and is in fact the oldest building in the whole of Edinburgh.

Other noteworthy sites in Edinburgh include the highly distinctive Nelson's Monument (on Calton Hill), and Arthur's Seat, the latter being an unusual geological formation created from an ancient extinct volcano eroded by glaciers during the ice ages.

Edinburgh is home to many festivals and events, especially during the Summer months. Many people have heard of the Edinburgh Fringe (the world's largest arts festival), the Edinburgh Festival (arts and culture) and Edinburgh International Festival (performing arts). There are also several other excellent but slightly lower profile festivals: the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Additionally, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a show involving military bands, pipers, and fireworks takes place nightly for around 3 weeks at the Castle Esplanade during the summer (buy tickets in advance if you want to attend, all tickets sell out quickly in advance of the tattoo).

Edinburgh


Key Facts about Edinburgh


Edinburgh Castle:
Here are some facts about Edinburgh:
  1. Edinburgh is the capital and second largest city (after Glasgow of Scotland.

  2. As capital of the country, Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament, which is located in the Holyrood area of the city.

  3. The city is located on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth.

  4. Edinburgh has the second strongest economy of any city in the UK after London:

    • 43% of the population of Edinburgh hold a degree or professional economy.

    • The gross value added per employee is the second highest of any city in the UK (after London).

  5. Edinburgh is also known for its university, which is considered to be one of the top 20 universities in the world.

  6. Edinburgh Airport is the busiest and biggest airport in Scotland. It handles both international and domestic flights.

  7. Rail links to Edinburgh mainly go through Edinburgh Waverley station, which is in the city center, and is one of the main stations on the East Coast Main Line which connects London to Aberdeen.

  8. Edinburgh also has a small suburban rail network, the core of which is Edinburgh Crossrail which has been operating since 2002.

  9. Edinburgh's roads tended to be congested. This has been ameliorated somewhat by the suburban rail system, and a very extensive bus network (including six park and ride sites). Residents of Edinburgh however rejected introducing a congestion charge in a referendum in 2005.

  10. A controversial tram scheme is currently under construction, with initial operations expected now to begin in 2014. The controversy has mainly arisen because of spiralling costs, and because the scope of the project has been significantly curtailed as the costs rose.


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Books about Edinburgh


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Lonely Planet Pocket Edinburgh (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

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Lonely Planet's Pocket Edinburgh is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Take in the views and the history from Edinburgh Castle, shop, visit the queen's bedchamber at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, or stroll the ordered elegance of New Town; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Edinburgh and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Pocket Edinburgh

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out Edinburgh map (included in print version), plus over 15 colour neighbourhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers the Old Town, New Town, West End, Dean Village, Stockbridge, Leith, South Edinburgh, Holyrood, Arthur's Seat, Rosslyn Chapel and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's Pocket Edinburgh, a colourful, easy-to-use, and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, provides on-the-go assistance for those seeking only the can't-miss experiences to maximize a quick trip experience.

Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Scotland guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Rick Steves Snapshot Edinburgh

By Rick Steves

Avalon Travel Pub
Released: 2016-05-31
Paperback (144 pages)

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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Edinburgh.

In this compact guide, Rick Steves covers the essentials of Edinburgh, including. Take in the gorgeous and ancient architecture, or visit during the world's biggest arts festival. You'll get firsthand advice on the best sights, eating, sleeping, and nightlife, and the maps and self-guided tours will ensure you make the most of your experience. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves Snapshot guide is a tour guide in your pocket.

Rick Steves' Snapshot guides consist of excerpted chapters from Rick Steves' European country guidebooks. Snapshot guides are a great choice for travelers visiting a specific city or region, rather than multiple European destinations. These slim guides offer all of Rick's up-to-date advice on what sights are worth your time and money. They include good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations, with no introductory information (such as overall trip planning, when to go, and travel practicalities).

Fodor's Scotland (Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor Guides
Released: 2016-04-19
Paperback (536 pages)

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Scotland offers astonishing variety: its iconic lochs and mountains, as well as lively cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow, have strong allure. Visitors from North America increased 28% in 2014, to over 500,000. St. Andrews is a pilgrimage for golfers; castles dot the country; and whisky distilleries are gaining popularity. Scotland's customs and products--from tartans to tweeds--are known worldwide, but there's nothing like experiencing them firsthand.

Fodor's Edinburgh 25 Best (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2015-05-12
Paperback (128 pages)

Fodor s Edinburgh 25 Best (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Compact and affordable, Fodor's Edinburgh's 25 Best is a great travel companion for travelers who want a light, easy-to-pack guidebook to one of Europe's most exciting cities.

Lonely Planet Make My Day Edinburgh (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

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Lonely Planet Make My Day Edinburgh is a unique guide that allows you to effortlessly plan your perfect day. Flip through the sections and mix and match your itinerary for morning, afternoon and evening. Start the day at Edinburgh Castle, climb aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in the afternoon before downing an ale at Sandy Bell's in the evening; all with your trusted travel companion. Planning your city adventure has never been so easy and fun.

Inside Lonely Planet Make My Day Edinburgh:

  • Build your own day from more than 2000 itinerary combinations
  • Insider tips get you to the heart of the city's must-see sights and experiences
  • Maps and transport planner help you get your bearings and navigate between sights
  • Restaurants and cafes close to your chosen destinations
  • Full colour images of every sight and activity
  • Essential need-to-know info about the city
  • Free, convenient pull-out Edinburgh map

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Make My Day Edinburgh, a fun, interactive way to plan your perfect day.

Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Scotland guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer, or try Pocket Edinburgh, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

DK Eyewitness Pocket Map and Guide Edinburgh

By DK

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Discover Edinburgh's essential sights with DK Eyewitness Pocket Map and Guide Edinburgh. The compact format means you can slip it in your pocket on a day trip or short stay in Scotland's elegant capital. The guide is packed with ideas for things to do in Edinburgh, from enjoying the Fringe Festival to climbing Arthur's Seat. Also included are suggestions for day trips from Edinburgh and a visit to Glasgow. Concise descriptions and practical information for the city's top sights are complemented with vivid photography and illustrations, plus recommendations on where to eat, drink and shop. The sturdy pull-out map shows Central Edinburgh in detail, plus maps of Glasgow and Southern Scotland. Winner of the Top Guidebook Series in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2017.

Edinburgh: The Best Of Edinburgh For Short Stay Travel

By Gary Jones

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Learn Everything You Need to Know for Your Short Stay in Edinburgh!

You’re about to discover the best Edinburgh has to offer in a unique guide that will give you an overview of the best Edinburgh has to offer.

If you are looking for a long academic text describing everything in Edinburgh,then don't buy this book.This book is for the short stay traveler looking for the best in Edinburgh .

Edinburgh is one of the best-kept secrets in the Great Britain.Most people tend to go to London or Dublin.Many people ignore this fantastic city.Edinburgh has an awesome atmosphere, and you will experience the fantastic food, nightlife, art, and culture.


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  • Background and History of Edinburgh
  • How to get around Edinburgh
  • The Best Museums and Art Galleries
  • Where to find the Best Restaurants
  • Famous Landmarks
  • Special Things you can only do in Edinburgh
  • Best Coffee Shops
  • The Best Pubs and clubs
  • The Scotish Whisky Experience
  • Your 3 day Itinerary
  • Much, much more!
(Please note that paperback version of this book only has black and white pictures.If you prefer color pictures, then I recommend you buy the Kindle edition of this book.)


Scotland: Scotland Travel Guide: 101 Coolest Things to Do in Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Dundee, Backpacking Scotland, Travel to Scotland, Scotland Holidays, Scotland Tours)

By 101 Coolest Things

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Scotland: Scotland Travel Guide: 101 Coolest Things to Do in Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Dundee, Backpacking Scotland, Travel to Scotland, Scotland Holidays, Scotland Tours)
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You are super lucky to be going to Scotland, and this guide will let you know all of the coolest things to do, see, and eat around the country, including popular destinations like Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Highlands, the Shetlands, Dundee, and Inverness.

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  • the coolest historical and cultural sights that you simply cannot afford to miss, from prehistoric ruins through to medieval cathedrals
  • unmissable festivals, ehether you want to chow down at a food festival or party all night under the stars
  • where to party like a local person and make Scottish friends
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Lonely Planet Edinburgh City Map (Travel Guide)

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Durable and waterproof, with a handy slipcase and an easy-fold format, Lonely Planet Edinburgh City Map is your conveniently-sized passport to traveling with ease. Get more from your map and your trip with images and information about top city attractions,transport maps, itinerary suggestions, extensive street and site index, and practical travel tips and directory. With this easy-to-use, full colour navigation tool in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of Edinburgh, so begin your journey now!

  • Durable and waterproof
  • Easy-fold format and convenient size
  • Handy slipcase
  • Full colour and easy-to-use
  • Extensive street and site index
  • Images and information about top city attractions
  • Handy transport maps
  • Practical travel tips and directory
  • Itinerary suggestions
  • Covers Old Town, Holyrood, New Town, West End, Dean Village, Stockbridge, Leith, South Edinburgh

Check out Lonely Planet Pocket Edinburgh, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss experiences for a quick trip.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, gift and lifestyle books and stationery, as well as an award-winning website, magazines, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. The world awaits!

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Edinburgh in 3 Days - A Perfect Plan with the Best Things to Do in Edinburgh (Travel Guide 2017): 3-Days Itinerary,Where to Go Out,Best Pubs,Shops,Restaurants,Things to See in Edinburgh, Online Maps

By Guidora Team

Released: 2016-01-27
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Edinburgh in 3 Days - A Perfect Plan with the Best Things to Do in Edinburgh (Travel Guide 2017): 3-Days Itinerary,Where to Go Out,Best Pubs,Shops,Restaurants,Things to See in Edinburgh, Online Maps
 
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