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From the 13th century in particular the community really began to flourish, and in 1492 James IV declared Edinburgh Scotland's capital. Whilst Edinburgh grew in the industrial age, it was surpassed in size by Glasgow, but it still continued to prosper.

Until the late 18th century Edinburgh consisted mainly of what is now known as the Old Town, including the Royal Mile and Grass Market. Construction of the New Town was designed to attract the wealthy back to Edinburgh. The heart of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its medieval Old Town, Georgian New Town, and the award-winning modern architecture continuing the contrast between traditional and contemporary. It is easy to see why Edinburgh was once regarded to be the "Athens of the North".

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4 days from
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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A Scottish Christmas
2021Dec
7 days from
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  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise - Lord of the Glens
4.6 stars(5 reviews)
2021Oct
7 days from
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  • DestinationScotland
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
Small Group
4.4 stars(114 reviews)
2022MarAprMayJunJul...
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  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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Grand Tour of the UK
Small Group
4.6 stars(5 reviews)
2022MaySep
12 days
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
  • Starts / EndsYork / London
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  • DestinationEngland, Scotland
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Our customers love our Edinburgh tours
Orkney, Shetland and the Highlands
14 Oct 2019
Mr P Allen
5 stars
“An excellent tour, Sandra our tour manager was really efficient and the tour itself was very well thought out
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Western Highlands and Hebrides
03 Aug 2019
Mr P Johnson
5 stars
“Thoroughly enjoyed the round of experiences in this holiday. A bit spoilt by the weather.
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
3/Jul
J Wheatley
4 stars
“Good choice of places, experiences etc. Covid restrictions adhered to without affecting the trip.
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Scottish Islands and Lochs Cruise
03 Nov 2018
Miss S Perry
4 stars
“Overall good cruise and food
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Grand Tour of the UK
05 Oct 2018
Mrs L Janse
4 stars
“There was just a little too much UK in 14 days. I looked forward to visitng Glasgow, but arriving n the evenimg and departing the next mornng diddn't give much time to do that.
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Northern Belle & The Edinburgh Tattoo
31 Aug 2017
Mr A Hadwick
4 stars
“The travel document was not adhere to Going from London it stated breakfast in hotel lunch on train dinner in hotel.we had breakfast in hotel then when we boarded train we had a large brunch then 7 course dinner followed by lunch. and then expected to have another dinner in the hotel. Also there was no Entertainment as the document stated..Coming home we again did not get the advised meals there were less on this trip.
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Places to visit in Edinburgh

Holyrood Palace
Home to the royal residence of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the seat of Scotland's new Parliament. The Palace is well worth a visit with access to the royal apartments, the throne room and the great gallery, housing over eighty 17th century portraits of Scottish Monarchs.

Edinburgh Castle
Set overlooking the city, the Edinburgh Castle offers fantastic views of the surrounding area and over to the Firth of Forth. The assemblage of buildings dating from the 12th to 20th century, reflect the castle's changing role as fortress, royal palace, military garrison and state prison. Here, you can view the Scottish Crown Jewels, and the city's oldest building, the 11th century St Margaret's Chapel, lies within the castle grounds.

Arthur's Seat
If you're feeling energetic, Arthur's Seat provides spectacular panoramic views of the city. The extinct volcano erupted around 340 million years ago and having eroded over time, today less than half the volcano remains. Set in Holyrood Park, to the east of the castle, Arthur's Seat rises 823 feet (251m) above the city.

Scott Monument
Located at the west end of Princes Street on the south side, Scott Monument is one of the most important figures in Scottish literature. The monument was constructed in 1840 as a tribute to novelist Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832). If you feel like a challenge, inside the huge structure, 287 steps provide access to the top of the monument offering stunning views across the Forth of Fife.

The Royal Yacht Britannia
Home to the British Royal Family for over forty years, the Royal Yacht Britannia is permanently berthed next to Ocean Terminal in Leith. Embark the floating palace and discover the royal residence as you stroll around the decks exploring the lavish apartments, the charming Royal Deck Tea Room, the cramped crew quarters and the gleaming Engine Room. Alongside the Royal Yacht Britannia is the elegant 1930s Racing Yacht Bloodhound, once owned by the Queen.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Take a journey through time and unveil Scotland's unique history, displayed visually through portraits of those who influenced and inspired it. Explore the lives and achievements of many Scots, past and present from Robbie Burns to Robbie Coltrane.

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