Scotland it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I say so and the results of some surveys that have been carried out in recent years say so. Not only can you visit spectacular lakes and mountains throughout its geography, but you can also soak up the atmosphere that is breathed in cities like Edinburgh, which is one of the 10 most fascinating capitals in Europe.
So that you can make the most of your stay there, I want to recommend five plans that I could experience in first person. I enjoyed them so much that I couldn't keep them for myself without sharing them in Hard Hobbit To Break.
Walk on the Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is the most important street from the capital of Scotland. It is the one that connects Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which incidentally remains one of the official residences of the Queen of England.
Normally it is quite full, although in no case will you get overwhelmed because you can walk without problems, without having to dodge people every two by three. You can stop to have a drink or to buy some souvenir, such as a kilt, which is the name of the typical kilt.
If you visit the city in August you will be lucky to enjoy the Fringe Festival, which this year is celebrated between the 3 and the 27 of the mentioned month. It is an alternative festival in which all kinds of shows have a place, many of them free for the simple fact of being done on the street. The one that caught my attention the most when I was there was a kind of concert held in a church.
Visit to Edinburgh Castle
It is the jewel in the crown, one of those must-see visits in Edinburgh that are well worth it. It is where the Royal Mile begins and offers some spectacular views of the city. Admission costs £ 16.50, although children between the ages of 5 and 15 pay £ 9.90 and those over 60 pay £ 13.20.
During your visit you will not be bored. The most recommended is to see the Crown Chamber, the Mons Meg (a huge 15th century cannon), the War Prison (the first prison in Edinburgh), the Chapel of Saint Margaret, the Royal Palace and the National War Museum, where they exhibit very important pieces that summarize some 400 years of military history.
Between April and September you can visit from 09:30 to 18:00. Between October and March visits start at the same time, but end at 5:00 p.m.
Night Ghost Tour
Scotland is a country full of myths and legends that arouse your curiosity since you got there. Beyond the Loch Ness monster, which without a doubt is the one that monopolizes the majority of visits, it should be borne in mind that in Edinburgh many paranormal events that is still talked about in its streets.
To get to know them, and to discover interesting facts about their history that are not boring at all, I recommend signing up for Night Ghost Tour, which a few years ago began at 9:30 p.m. and cost £ 5 per person. There is also a very similar free tour, but I don't know if it's as interesting as the one I did.
They will talk to you about ghostsThey will take you near a cemetery and tell you stories that are unlikely to let you sleep. Whether you believe it more or less depends on how open-minded you are. I got into the stories and the truth is that I really enjoyed it.
Arthur’s Seat, the best viewpoint in Edinburgh
If you want to get away from the city a little without having the feeling that you have gone to the outskirts, the best thing to do is go to Arhtur’s Seat, a hill It is located on the opposite side of the Royal Mile if we take Edinburgh Castle as a reference.
Arhtur’s Seat, which incidentally is of volcanic origin, is the highest peak in a group of mountains known as Holyrood park. From its 250 meters high you will see fantastic views of the city. Arriving does not imply any difficulty, especially if you access it from a path that connects to a car park next to the Dunsapie Loch lake. It is a 25 minute walk that becomes very pleasant, although going on other trails the views are better.
Listen to live music in a pub
Few things are so genuine about United Kingdom like listening to live music in a pub. In Edinburgh it is quite common to have the possibility of having a beer at night while a singer or a music group delights you with their songs. I know it is something that can also be done in cities like Barcelona or Madrid, but it is worth experiencing it first-hand there, since everything is much more authentic.
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