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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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Rick Steves Snapshot Edinburgh

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Released: 2018-05-22
Paperback (120 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. 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).

Lonely Planet Pocket Edinburgh (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet
Released: 2019-04-16
Paperback (176 pages)

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Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*

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, go whisky tasting, visit the Queen’s official residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and stroll the ordered elegance of New Town – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart 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, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out map (included in print version), plus over 16 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 is our colourful, easy to use and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, providing on-the-go assistance for those seeking the best sights and experiences on a short visit or weekend away.

Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet’s Scotland guide for an in-depth look at all the country has to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times

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Pocket Rough Guide Edinburgh (Travel Guide) (Pocket Rough guides)

By Rough Guides

Rough Guides
Released: 2018-10-01
Paperback (160 pages)

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Discover this exciting city with the most incisive and entertaining travel guide on the market. You can take this handy, pocket-sized book out with you anywhere, any time. Whether you plan to catch a performance at the Fringe, summit Arthur's Seat or explore Edinburgh Castle, Pocket Rough Guide Edinburgh will show you the ideal places to sleep, eat, drink, shop and visit along the way.



- Perfect for short trips - compact and concise, with all the practical info you'll need for a few days' stay.

- Free pull-out map, as well as full-colour maps throughout - navigate the cobbled street of the Old Town or wander along the Water of Leith Walkway without needing to get online.

- Things not to miss - our rundown of Edinburgh's unmissable sights and experiences.

- Itineraries - carefully planned days/routes to help you organize your visit.

- Independent, trusted reviews written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and insight, with options to suit every budget.

- Stunning images - a rich collection of inspiring colour photography.

- Day-trips - venture further afield to Rosslyn Chapel; South Queensferry; Pentland Hills; Melrose; North Berwick; Tantallon Castle; Dunbar

- Accommodation - our unbiased selection of the top places to stay, to suit every budget.

- Essentials - crucial pre-departure practical information including getting there, local transport, tourist information, festivals, events and more.

- Background information - an easy-to-use chronology, plus a handy glossary.



Make the Most of Your Time on Earth with Pocket Rough Guide Edinburgh.



About Rough Guides: Escape the everyday with Rough Guides. We are a leading travel publisher known for our "tell it like it is" attitude, up-to-date content and great writing. Since 1982, we've published books covering more than 120 destinations around the globe, with an ever-growing series of ebooks, a range of beautiful, inspirational reference titles, and an award-winning website. We pride ourselves on our accurate, honest and informed travel guides.

Eyewitness Travel Edinburgh

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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Scotland (Pocket Travel Guide)

By DK Eyewitness

DK Eyewitness Travel
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Newly revised, updated, and redesigned for 2016.

True to its name, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Scotland covers all the country's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use "top 10" lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.

This newly updated pocket travel guide for Scotland will lead you straight to the best attractions the country has to offer, from the streets of Edinburgh and the windswept highlands and lochs to golf trips and whisky tours to impromptu ceilidhs in cozy pubs.

Expert travel writers have fully revised this edition of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Scotland.

   • Brand-new itineraries help you plan your trip to Scotland.
   • Expanded and far more comprehensive, new laminated pull-out map now includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes to make it even easier to use.
   • Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
   • New Top 10 lists feature off-the-beaten-track ideas, along with standbys like the top attractions, shopping, dining options, and more.
   • Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on inside cover flaps, with selected street index and metro map.
   • New typography and fresh layout throughout.

You'll still find DK's famous full-color photography and museum floor plans, along with just the right amount of coverage of the country's history and culture. A free pull-out city map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index and a metro map.

The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Scotland.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

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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. The world awaits!

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

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' -- Fairfax Media

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

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

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Michelin
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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 Scotland

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Released: 2018-04-03
Paperback (520 pages)

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Whether you take the high road or the low road, with Rick Steves on your side, Scotland can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Scotland you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Scotland
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from the wild beauty of Orkney Islands and the Hebrides to cozy corner pubs in Edinburgh
  • How to connect with local culture: Chat with experts on the Speyside Whisky Trail, attend a small-town Highland Games, or join the search for Nessie
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax with a dram of Scotch
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and historic sites
  • Detailed neighborhood maps and a fold-out city map for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, a phrase book of Scottish slang, a historical overview, and recommended reading
  • Over 400 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
  • Complete, up-to-date information on Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, St. Andrews, the Scottish Highlands, Oban, Mull, Iona, Staffa, Glencoe, Fort William, Inverness, Loch Ness, Pitiochry, Balmoral Castle, the Isle of Skye, Wester Ross, the Orkney Islands, and more

Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Scotland.

Insight Guides Great Breaks Edinburgh (Travel Guide with Free eBook) (Insight Great Breaks)

By Insight Guides

Insight Guides
Released: 2019-04-01
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Insight Guides Great Breaks Edinburgh

Travel made easy. Ask local experts.
Inspirational travel guide making the most of the British Isles through clearly laid-out walks and tours, now with free eBook.

Explore the best of Edinburgh with this unique travel guide, packed full of insider information and stunning images. From making sure you don't miss out on must-see, top attractions like Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Parliament and the palace of Holyroodhouse , to discovering cultural gems, including a historical walk down the Royal Mile, unrivalled panoramic views atop Calton Hill, and the world-famous Royal Botanic Garden, dating back to 1670, the easy-to-follow, ready-made walking routes will save you time, and help you plan and enhance your great break in Edinburgh.

Features of this travel guide to Edinburgh:
- 12 walks and tours: detailed itineraries feature all the best places to visit, including where to eat along the way
- Local highlights: discover the area's top sights and unique attractions, and be inspired by stunning imagery
- Historical and cultural insights: learn more about Edinburgh's rich history with fascinating cultural insights throughout
- Insider recommendations: where to stay and what to do, from active pursuits to themed trips
- Rainy day recommendations: uncover plenty of options, whatever the weather throws at you
- Practical full-colour maps: with every major sight and listing highlighted, the full-colour maps make on-the-ground navigation easy
- Key tips and essential information: from transport to hours of operation, we've got you covered
- The ultimate travel tool: download the free app and eBook to access all this and more from your phone or tablet
- Covers: Old Town and Edinburgh Castle; Royal Mile and Scottish Parliament; Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur's Seat; South Side Museums and University; East Princes Street and Calton Hill; West Princes Street and New Town; Water of Leith to Stockbridge and Dean; Leith; Excursion to Firth of Forth; Excursion to Edinburgh Zoo, Linlithgow and Falkirk; Excursion South to Roslin and Pentland Hills; Excursion East along the Coast

Looking for a comprehensive guide to Scotland? Check out Insight Guides Scotland for a detailed and entertaining look at all the country has to offer.

About Insight Guides: Insight Guides is a pioneer of full-colour guide books, with almost 50 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides with user-friendly, modern design. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps, as well as phrase books, picture-packed eBooks and apps to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

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

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Updated for 2018. 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.

  • 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.
  • ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's travel guide is researched and written by local experts.



     
     
     

     
     
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