“The Scots think of it as their capital; they’re too possessive, Edinburgh belongs to the world.”-Richard Demarco
Last month I had the delightful opportunity to visit the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. In my opinion, it is a must-visit city for anyone for many reasons: it has a rich culture, an amazing architecture, entertaining festivals and of course a fascinating history!
I had the chance to discover some of the must-visit places in Edinburgh and I will share them with you shortly. If you are a blogger or a photographer you will find in this post the most instagrammable places of the beautiful capital of Scotland.
Of course this is the first one on the list and of course you must visit the Castle. It is the icon of Edinburgh which dominates the skyline of the city.
*Interesting fact: Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age (2nd century AD)
2.The Ross Fountain
If you visit the castle, don’t miss the Ross Fountain. It is situated just near the castle and its colours and design will surely steal your heart. Plus, it has a great view of the Castle.
*Interesting fact: Water was turned off in 2008 and it was closed again from July 2017 for further restoration work undertaken by Lost Art Limited of Wigan on behalf of The Ross Development Trust, costing 1.9 million pounds.
3.The Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is “the historic art of Edinburgh”. It is, in my opinion, the most entertaining place in Edinburgh with plethora of shops (if you want to buy some souvenirs or traditional scottish clothes this is the best place to go), restaurants, museums, hidden games and amazing views. As a fan of traditional scottish music, I was delighted to see people on the street in traditional scottish costumes and playing bagpipes.
*Interesting fact: The Royal Mile certainly has history: when you walk down the street you start at an extinct volcano and continue down a slope that was formed by the retreat of an ice age over 325 million years ago. By the 12th century, this had become the main street of the adjoining burghs of Edinburgh and Canongate. (source: www.edinburgh.org)
Are you a fan of Harry Potter? If yes, then don’t miss Victoria Street which is the most photographed street in Edinburgh and for a good reason! Or..two reasons 😀 : 1.the beautiful colors and shape of the street and 2. (and more important in my opinion) it is believed to be J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for Diagon Valley-which is why this street is full of Harry Potter shops and magic shops.
*Interesting fact: Today the street is a charming corner of the Old Town, but recent speculation suggests that a relic of its darker past may still exist. This was the location of Major Weir’s house, a man notorious as ‘the Wizard of the West Bow’, who was executed for witchcraft in 1670. (source: www.ewh.org.uk)
5.Royal Botanic Garden
To be honest, I didn’t even want to visit this garden in the first place because I thought it’s pointless, but I am SO glad I did as it became my favourite place in Edinburgh. It is one of the finest botanic gardens in the world and offers amazing views to the public.
*Interesting fact: The Glasshouse visit is a particular highlight, starting at the Victorian Temperate Palm House dating back to 1858 and one of the tallest traditional palm houses ever built. The Garden’s 10 magnificent Glasshouses each has a different climatic zone, from steamy tropics to arid desert, and are home to 3,000 exotic plants from around the world including a 200-year-old palm tree. (source: www.visitscotland.com)
Easy to access, the Calton Hill is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset and a beautiful view of the city. It is usually quiet and after a long day of visiting and running around the city, I promise this is the place where you will want to relax.
*Interesting fact: Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh’s main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline.
The acropolis is in fact an unfinished monument – originally called the “National Monument”. Initiated in 1816, a year after Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo, it was meant to be a replica of the Parthenon in Athens, as a memorial to those who had died in the Napoleonic Wars.
Building began in 1822, but funds ran dry and celebrated Edinburgh architect William Playfair only saw a facade of his building completed. It was dubbed “Edinburgh’s shame”, but it’s now a popular landmark and it’s a lot of fun crawling up and down its giant steps. (source: www.edinburghguide.com)
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