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Beneath a dreamlike canopy of Gothic and Georgian steeples, spires, towers and turrets, Edinburgh’s cobblestoned streets wind uphill en route to a magnificent medieval fortress. Long hailed the “Athens of the North,” Scotland’s misty, collegiate capital is a profoundly lettered and storied city, from Hume to Harry Potter.

  • Perfect for
    Art Lovers | Families | Intellectuals | Romantics
  • When to go
    June-August | September-November
  • Ideal length of stay
    3-5 Nights

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    3 Days: Essential Edinburgh

    In Edinburgh, there seems to be an ancient cathedral or cutting-edge exhibit around every cobblestoned corner, but the air is so fraught with history that much of it seeps in by osmosis. You can almost breathe it in with the fog. The best itineraries include customized, special access and private guided touring. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.

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      Day One: Castles and Tea

      With its sweeping panoramic views of the  city, Edinburgh Castle  is  the perfect place  to  orient oneself shortly  after arrival in Edinburgh  and an ideal point of departure for a first  day  of sightseeing. Climb to the summit of Castle Rock to savor the panoramic views of the city; on the way back down, descend slowly to admire the medieval architecture along the scenic upper stretches of the Royal Mile. Take a break with scones and Champagne at the Balmoral Hotel’s classic afternoon tea.

    • Day Two: Old and New Towns

      Spend the day with a private guide exploring the more historical sites in Edinburgh, including Old and New Town, The Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace (the Queen’s Edinburgh residence), the Scottish National Gallery and Princes Street Gardens. Arthur’s Seat, the large hill just outside of the center of town, requires some hiking, but afford magnificent city views.

    • Day Three: Day Trip

      A one-hour drive from Edinburgh, set among the cluster of fishing villages that make up the Kingdom of Fife, sits the charming town of St Andrews. History runs deep here, as the home of both golf and Scotland’s oldest university. (Both the sport and the college were started in the 15th century.) A day trip here should include seeing the Old Course golf course, St Andrews castle, the cathedral, university squares and the two beaches, including West Sands, setting of the Chariots of Fire running scene.

Indagare's Ried Stelly
“Scotland's Edinburgh is like a smaller, yet equally charming Paris. Unlike bigger cities like London and Glasgow, it has maintained a classic aesthetic that makes wandering its tree-lined, cobblestone streets feel like stepping back in time.”
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