Edinburgh and the Lothians Travel Guide


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Plan Your Edinburgh and the Lothians Vacation

Edinburgh is to London as poetry is to prose, as Charlotte Brontë once wrote. One of the world's stateliest cities and proudest capitals, it's built—like Rome—on seven hills, making it a striking backdrop for the ancient pageant of history. In a skyline of sheer drama, Edinburgh Castle watches over the capital city, frowning down on Princes Street’s glamour and glitz. But despite its rich past, the city’s famous festivals, excellent museums and galleries, as well as the modern Scottish Parliament, are reminders that Edinburgh has its feet firmly in the 21st century.


Edinburgh and the Lothians Hotels

From stylish boutique hotels to homey B&Bs, Edinburgh has a world-class array of accommodations to suit every taste. Its status as one of Britain's...read more


Edinburgh and the Lothians Restaurants

Edinburgh's eclectic restaurant scene has attracted a brigade of well-known chefs, including the award-winning trio of Martin Wishart, Tom Kitchin, and...read more


Edinburgh and the Lothians Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Edinburgh

    Kaleidoscope of culture: Edinburgh covers it all, from floor-stomping ceilidhs to avant-garde modern dance, from traditional painting and sculpture... Read more

  • Edinburgh's Castle Fit for a King

    Archaeological investigations have established that the rock on which Edinburgh Castle stands was inhabited as far back as 1000 BC, in the latter... Read more

  • Ancestor Hunting

    Are you a Cameron or a Campbell, Mackenzie or Macdonald? If so, you may be one of the more than 25 million people of Scottish descent around... Read more

  • Leith, Edinburgh's Seaport

    On the south shore of the Firth of Forth, Leith was a separate town until it merged with the city in 1920. After World War II and up until the... Read more

  • Festivals in Edinburgh

    Walking around Edinburgh in late July, you'll likely feel the first vibrations of the earthquake that is festival time, which shakes the city... Read more

  • Hogmanay: Hello, New Year

    In Scotland, New Year's Eve is called Hogmanay. Around Scotland celebrations continue the next day with customs such as "first-footing"—visiting... Read more


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