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Edinburgh has something for everybody. It is one of the cultural hotspots of Europe and welcomes over 1 million overseas visitors each year. Set against the backdrop of Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh boasts some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. As you explore the city, you will lose yourself amongst the alley and passageways of Old Town, home to Edinburgh Castle which dominates the city’s skyline. Sitting proudly at the top of the Royal Mile, it looks out over the city and towards the Firth of Forth and beyond to the North Sea.
But Edinburgh isn’t just about the Castle; it has many beautiful and historical buildings which are waiting for you to discover. If it’s shopping you enjoy then Edinburgh has plenty to offer! Princes Street runs along the bottom of Castle Rock (the volcanic plug which houses the Castle) and is home to many of the world’s best brands and famous department stores. Once you’re shopped out, then it’s time to hit the bars and restaurants, both Old and New Town have too many to choose from and offer a wide variety. George Street is home to the wine bars and chic bistros perfect for happy hours and fine dining, while the castle area and the Grassmarket are home to many bars and restaurants popular with overseas visitors.
Edinburgh is home to Scotland’s five national galleries and also houses many large museums and libraries many of which are national institutions. If it’s sport you’re interested in, then check and see if one of Edinburgh’s two Scottish Premier League teams are in town. Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian both play football in the city and an afternoon “at the match” would be a great way to experience the local passion. If you’re lucky enough to be in town for Rugby International, and even if you don’t get to the game, the atmosphere in the City is incredible when the National Teams are playing.
For more information and on is going on during your stay, visit www.edinburgh.org.
- Date: 29 June, 2014
- Distances: Half Marathon & 10K
- Start line (both distances): Meadowbank Stadium
- Start time: 9:00am
- Half Marathon Finish Line: Meadowbank Stadium
- 10K Finish Line: Holyrood Park