A magic city
There’s a magic to Edinburgh that makes it quite unlike any other British city. Add some fine Georgian architecture to a medieval heart, mix-in some truly stunning natural beauty – not to mention some particularly welcoming pubs and bars - and you’ll soon discover why Auld Reekie changed its nickname and became the Athens of the North.
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Rainfall: 664.5mm a year
The Royal Mile, the spine of the Old Town running between the Castle and Holyrood House, is a must-walk mile for every visitor to the town... but it’s easier done downhill!
Must eat at:
Give your wallet a workout and walk up the Royal Mile to the Witchery, possibly Edinburgh’s most romantic (and atmospheric) gastrodome – it’s small, perfectly formed, and beautifully candlelit. And the food is excellent.
Must be there for:
The Edinburgh Festival, and its associated Fringe, Jazz and Blues Festival, Book Festival and TV Festival are, for three weeks in August, a cultural high, with thousands of performances encompassing raucous stand-up comedy to the highest forms of art.
If you fancy a break from the artsy stuff, head south to Hillend for a quick scoot down one of Europe’s largest artificial ski slopes.
In a city full of atmospheric pubs, try the legendary Canny Man’s in genteel Morningside for hand-pumped ales and a choice of around 100 open sandwiches.
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