About the city:
Capital City of Scotland, situated in Lothians is the city of Edinburgh. With beautiful hills and magnificent landscapes all around, this dynamic city serves as an official place for the Scotland’s Parliament. Well-known for its industrial development, rich historic culture, and business connections with the whole world, Edinburgh is definitely one of the most visited destinations of UK.
City of Edinburgh was the home to the royal families with sites like Edinburgh Castle where the history of this capital city started in 79 A.D. With its rich history that dates back to the eleventh century, it also houses certain cherished attractions like Holyrood Palace which was the residence of the Queen of Scotland. Edinburgh is one of the best historically preserved cities in whole Europe.
Along with its historic culture, Edinburgh also supports modern outlook and feel with varied restaurants and bars offering an ideal base for exploration and relaxation. Edinburgh is blessed with Gulf Stream on the north and west coasts that keep its temperatures livable even in the chilling winter months.
If there is any place on earth, which gives a chance to relive history, it’s indeed the city of Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle gives an authentic feel of Scottish history; Museum of Scotland provides a look in history and culture of Scotland from the Stone Age till today; Holyrood house Palace is the residence of the Queen and the Royal Family whereas, Writer’s Museum pays tribute to three major Scottish writers.
Certain other old landmarks to be visited includes St. Giles Cathedral--the main Church of Scotland, Greyfriars Kirkyard--the famous cemetery known for a loyal terrier (dog) keeping a watch for 14year over his master’s grave. For those who would like to spend a day amidst beauties of nature, Royal Botanic Garden with 70acres of beautiful landscapes and flowers is the perfect place.
Spending evening time in bar and clubs is the exclusive leisure in Edinburgh with so much happenings at its clubs. Places to swing and groove-in include Massa, a stylish and popular dance club; Bow Bar with large selection of whisky; Lizard Lounge which is funky and city’s most happening spot; Ensign Ewart and Traverse are other popular and friendly pubs.
Neighborhoods of Edinburgh are equally loaded with sites and places to explore. New Town is a modern face of Edinburgh with lots of restaurants, pubs and galleries and old Town that is city’s oldest neighborhood, that dates back to medieval times and have small streets with shops and pubs and monuments.
Also worth visiting near by place in Scotland is the Golfing Destination, Fife. Few miles from Edinburgh is the city of Fife, where golf game and history of the game could be enjoyed. St. Andrews Bay is the golf resort providing wonderful locales and St. Andrews Links, which is the most celebrated golf club in the world. Also, worth visiting is Cathedral of St. Andrews which was damaged during reformation protests in medieval times.
Edinburgh airport is just 20 minutes from the city center. Getting to Edinburgh could be booked over the internet or at a travel agents office. All major airlines operate their flights to this city. From India, Airlines like North West airways, British Airways, Air France and Delta Airlines fly to Edinburgh. Flight times may vary between 12hours to 18hours depending on the airline.
Edinburgh is well connected with other neighboring cities as well as with in the city transportation is highly convenient and comfortable. By road, getting around by cars and taxis can be a simple choice. To travel though city’s streets by taking red and white buses that are operated by Lothian Transport would be a good choice. Also rail and water connections are provided by Scotrails and city’s ferry service.
Finding an accommodation in Edinburgh may be challenging not because choices are less but because there many options to confuse you. Choices could be made easy by selecting an accommodation on the basis of location whether to be in Greater Edinburgh or near the airport or in the city center; also on the basis of class of accommodation like three stars or five stars. Another distinct lodging option is provided by cottages and serviced apartments located all over the city.
Hotel Rates and charges:
For staying in services apartments, it could be arranged according to the number of people availing the service. For studio or 1 bedroom apartment which accommodates 1-4 people price range could be £70 to £150, whereas for 2bedroom apartment which can accommodate 6-8 people could be in the range of £115 to £320. For Edinburgh hotels rates could be in the range of £60 to £90 for three star hotels, £91 to £150 for four star accommodations and £115 to £300 for a five star hotel stay.
Hotels and all different kind of lodging options in Edinburgh provides contemporary yet a comfortable accommodation to visitors for business or leisure purposes. Room Amenities include spacious rooms with comfortable bed, TV with cable connection, big and spacious bathrooms, tea and coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, telephone and fax machines and mini bar with refrigerator. Other than these, hotels provide different elite facilities like express check in and out, valet and dry cleaning services, 24hours concierge, health club and gym, business center and meeting room.
Apartments located across Edinburgh offer various services to its lodgers too. Living rooms are fully equipped with arm chairs, TV with DVD player, Hi-Fi stereo, ironing board, leather sofas and dining table with chairs. Bedrooms have comfortable beds with reading lamps and tables and kitchen is fully stocked with modern style equipments, microwave, eating and cooking utensils and dishwasher.
Amusing and amazing Facts about the city:
Mary King’s Close, an old medieval alleyway in Edinburgh is reportedly haunted by its inhabitants who died there in 1645 as they suffered from a contagious disease and were forced to stay indoors till they died.
Edinburgh is a wonderful destination for holiday and an excellent place to explore history or to just put your hair down and relax.