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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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Lonely Planet Pocket Edinburgh (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

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!

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  • 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.

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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. The world awaits!

Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

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Streetwise Edinburgh Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Edinburgh, Scotland (Michelin Streetwise Maps)

By Michelin

Michelin
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REVISED 2018

Streetwise Edinburgh Map is a laminated city center map of Edinburgh, Scotland in an accordion-fold pocket size format.

Coverage includes:
Main Edinburgh Map 1:11,000
Edinburgh Regional Map 1:200,000
Edinburgh Area Map 1:120,000
Scotland Map 1:2,200,000

Dimensions: 4" x 8.5" folded, 8.5" x 36" unfolded

Few cities match Edinburgh's city centre: Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile with its medieval blocks of flats; the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and the elegant Georgian architecture of New Town. The best way to visit Edinburgh, particularly the Old Town, is by foot using the STREETWISE® Edinburgh map. One of the best vantage points to view the city is from Edinburgh Castle high up on castle rock, which is the city's dominant physical feature and from where impressive views are available from all sides. Walk down the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Then head back up Princess Street to New Town and Charlotte Square. Spend the afternoon at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

With the STREETWISE® Edinburgh Map new discoveries will open up to you for an unforgettable experience of Edinburgh and its regions. The main Edinburgh city map pulls all important sites together to help organize and navigate your tour of Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Region map will help navigate your departure from Edinburgh for day trips to West Lothian, Midlothian, and East Lothian, regions studded with castles and wonderful country roads. The complete country map of Scotland will enable you to locate all important towns and regions in Scotland for adventures within the country or as part of a trip even further afield in Great Britain.

Our pocket size map of Edinburgh is laminated for durability and accordion folding for effortless use.

Rick Steves Snapshot Edinburgh

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Released: 2018-05-22
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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. 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 Edinburgh 25 Best (Full-color Travel Guide)

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Fodor's Travel
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  • DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS:Fodor's Edinburgh's 25 Best offers savvy advice and recommendations to help travelers make the most of their visit, providing great places to shop, eat, sleep, and drink for every budget.
  • PULLOUT MAP: A handy, weather-resistant pullout city map provides essential information.
  • GORGEOUS PHOTOS AND MAPS: Full-color pictures and full-size street maps cover the best Edinburgh has to offer, all in an easy-to-use package.
  • INDISPENSABLE TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Save time and space by having Edinburgh's top 25 sights and experiences in one convenient guidebook. Neighborhood walks show off the best of the city with self-guided tour ideas. Plan excursions outside the city with the Farther Afield section.
  • PRACTICAL TIPS AND PHRASES: Travel like a local with our Need to Know section, filled with useful travel tips and essential colloquial Scots phrases.
  • COVERS: Arthur's Seat, Calton Hill, Canongate Tolbooth, Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Georgian architecture, Greyfriars Kirk, Leith, Museum of Childhood, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Royal Mile, Royal Yacht Britannia, Scottish National Gallery, Scottish Parliament.
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    Eyewitness Travel Edinburgh

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    Edinburgh in 3 Days (Travel Guide 2018) - A Perfect Plan with the Best Things to Do in Edinburgh : 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: Picturesque Notes

    By Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Secret Edinburgh An unusual guide

    By Hannah Robinson

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    Insight Guides Pocket Edinburgh (Insight Pocket Guides)

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    · Offers an insightful overview of landscape, history and culture
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