Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most captivating cities with incredible architecture clinging to craggy hillsides overlooking the ocean. Wander through the city from your holiday cottage in Edinburgh and you will discover Medieval tenements, graceful Georgian streets and a maze of cobbled lanes and crooked steps. There are so many fascinating landmarks in the city that visiting them all may be unrealistic, but a trip to the castle is a must. Perched on top of an extinct volcano, this magnificent 7th century fortress provides breathtaking views across the city. A walk along Edinburgh’s oldest and most famous street, the Golden Mile, is also essential. Running from the castle to the Palace of Holyrood, it is packed with cafes, bars, historic buildings and posters for the week’s shows. The biggest event in Edinburgh’s busy calendar is the Fringe Festival in August but the city’s comedy clubs, theatres and music venues provide world-class entertainment throughout the year.
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Underneath the Old Town, you can take a tour of Mary King’s Close, a warren of hidden streets that has been frozen in time since the 17th century. Arthur’s Seat is the biggest of the volcanic hills surrounding the city. Follow one of the paths to the summit from Holyrood Park and you will be rewarded with incredible views of up to 60 miles on a clear day. Another classic walk is the Water of Leith Walkway, a 12-mile route out of the city with statues, bridges and unspoiled countryside along the way. Scotland is famous for its 100 whisky distilleries and there’s no better place to enjoy a dram or two than Edinburgh. Book a whisky tour or pop into a pub and ask for a recommendation. Just a few miles from holiday cottages in Edinburgh, Portobello is a lovely spot for a day by the sea with a Victorian esplanade overlooking a white sand beach, penny arcades, fish and chips and one of the UK’s last remaining Turkish baths. Self-catering holidays in Edinburgh are also popular among visitors who want to explore the Highlands. Travel north from the city and you will soon be surrounded by misty lochs and snowy mountains where deer and golden eagles can be spotted.