Landscapes that leave you breathless, history hidden in numerous castles, dynamic cities rich in cultural contents are just a few things you think about when some mention Scotland. Great cuisine, the taste of the most famous drink – scotch whisky and the pleasant people proud of their tradition will fulfill your experience in this romantic country.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and it is located in southeast Scotland, on the east coast of the middle belt near the bay Firth of Forth, close to the North Sea. Thanks to its spectacular rocks, rustic buildings and a huge collection of medieval and classic architecture, including numerous stone decorations, it is often considered one of the most lively cities in Europe. Scottish people called it Auld Reekie, Edina, Athens of the North and the Britain’s Other Eye.
Edinburgh is not only one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it is a city with a fantastic position. The view falls on all sides – green hills, the hint of the blue sea, the silhouettes of the buildings and the red cliffs. It is a city that calls you to explore it by foot – narrow streets, passageways, stairs and hidden church yards on every step will pull you away from the main streets.
No matter how you go to Edinburgh – by train, bus or cab from the airport – Edinburgh Castle is a must go destination. You don’t need to be a good strategist to know why the castle is located at that spot – the volcanic hill with the sharp cliffs that have been cut by glaciers is the main reason Edinburgh is located there. From that spot it is most easy to defend the rest of the middle and northern Scotland from an attack from the south.
Edinburgh Castle has changed its owners many times; it was captured by the English and Scottish, and that for a few times. When you are there, visit St. Margaret’s chapel – the oldest part in the castles complex and it is likely the oldest building that can be found in Edinburgh; it was built presumably around 1130. in the honor of queen Margaret that lived in the 11th century and it has two beautiful rustic chandeliers that date respectively from 1695 and 1735. Edinburgh Castle is one of the attractions that you simply must see. It is the most visited tourist attraction in Scotland. Since Edinburgh is the birthplace of golf (but if you are a golfer you already know that) you will surely enjoy this sport here. Head to the north towards the oldest University in Scotland – St. Andrews or ask the locals for a recommendation, you will surely receive a lot of tips which is the best place for your activity.
Edinburgh and culture
Edinburgh is a city of literature – it was the first city to be called the UNESCO city of Literature. Visit the National Library of Scotland, the Museum of Writers, the Scottish Center of Story Telling, the Library of Poetry and many other libraries. The list of famous Scottish authors is very long, just choose your favorite one and enjoy researching everything linked to that person: Arthur Conan Doyle, J.K. Rowling, Robert Fergusson, Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Allan Ramsay, Alexander McCall Smith, Ian Rankin, Liz Lochhead, James Kelman, Alasdair Grey, Dorothy Dunnett, Muriel Spark, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Neil M. Gunn, John Buchan, Hugh MacDiarmid…
The Edinburgh festival is more than a festival. It is an international festival, that offers you various artist performances (classical music, opera, ballet, drama). The Summer Edinburgh Festival traditionally is held during three weeks in August every year, and Edinburgh attract visitors from all around the world. You can also plan a visit during the Fringe Festival, where you will see comedy performances, drama and artists. Also you can visit the Book Festival, Jazz Festival and TV Festival, as well as others. Yup, Scottish folks love a good festival!
Also, you need to visit the most famous Scottish loch 38,5 kilometers long – Loch Ness, famous because of the Nessie monster. This is the second biggest loch in Scotland, and by volume it is the biggest, it has more freshwater than all the lakes in England and Wales together.
The town Fort William lies in the foothills of the Scottish mountain Ben Nevis. This area is the natural setting of the movies Braveheart, Rob Roy, Highlander. Scotland is also called the land of Harry Potter. Many films have been filmed in the magical landscaped of Scotland so any location that is linked to the young wizard has an increased number of visits in the last few years.
Glencoe, also called the “valley of tears“ is the most dramatic and by many the most beautiful part of Scotland. It is named by the river Coe. The scenery of the mountain tops and waterfalls and the beauty of the nature of this pass will leave you breathless.
Scotland is full of beautiful destinations and interesting things. The ones described here are just some of them. You are simply invited to visit and enjoy all of its beauties and seek more!
Milan Budimkic is a creative freelance writer for industries that include but are not limited to the travel, sport, entertainment, internet marketing, and much more. When not blogging, Milan likes to travel and read a lot.