Whether you like culture or prefer breathtaking views: Edinburgh has it all. The Scottish capital, which is called Auld Reekie by locals, has managed to retain its charm over the years. And a good thing too, because now everyone can continue to enjoy the beauty that the city has to offer.
Edinburgh: city of history and culture
In Edinburgh, history enthusiasts will hardly be able to take it all in. In fact, it’s difficult to decide where to begin. A popular starting point is Edinburgh Castle, which sits on a rocky outcrop in Edinburgh’s Old Town. The ancient building offers multiple sights, including the Stone of Scone: the stone on which medieval Scottish kings were crowned. Additionally, Edinburgh has numerous other historic buildings, such as St Giles’ Cathedral and Gladstone's Land.
Besides exploring the city’s historic buildings, a visit to Arthur's Seat is an absolute must when visiting Edinburgh. The volcanic hill, which is 251 metres high, offers a breathtaking view of the Scottish capital. Several trails lead to the peak and the climb is also suitable for those less experienced at hill walking. Arthur's Seat boasts an impressive view that’s hard to forget!
Experience Hogmanay and other events in Edinburgh
Edinburgh and Scottish culture go hand in hand. You’ll especially notice this when one of the traditional events takes place during your stay. New Year’s Eve is a good example of a unique experience in Edinburgh. You can help kick off the festivities on the 30th of December by participating in the traditional Torchlight Procession, which is accompanied by bagpipes and drums. New Year's Eve is called Hogmanay by the Scots. It’s collectively celebrated in Princes Street with live music and entertainment ushering in the new year. New Year's Day is all about Loony Dook – the traditional New Year's Day Swim – which is preceded by Dookers Parade. One thing is certain: the turn of the year in Edinburgh is an event you will never forget.
Culture and sports are combined in the traditional Highland Games, to the delight of many a Scotsman. If you fly to Edinburgh between May and September, chances are that you will catch the Highland Games fever. Watch the athletes perform in traditional Scottish kilt, while enjoying the bagpipe music of hundreds of musicians. It’s an experience not to be missed during your visit to Edinburgh!
Fun guaranteed in Edinburgh nightlife
The Scots love the good things in life. This trait clearly shows in Edinburgh with its 700 nightlife venues. Those who wish to enjoy the traditional nightlife can visit the Royal Mile, Grassmarket or Hunter Square in the Old Town, or Rose Street in the New Town. Savour an authentic Scotch whisky and join the friendly atmosphere for which the Scots are known. If you prefer to end the day in a club, then Cowgate is the place to be.
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Looking for a fast and comfortable flight to Edinburgh? Then Eindhoven Airport is the place to be. Your flight to Edinburgh starts with excellent service, including ample parking facilities and a friendly welcome. Without any worries, you will touch down on Scottish soil within an hour and a half. Eindhoven Airport guarantees the best start of your trip to Edinburgh!