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Edinburgh, Scotland


Edinburgh Castle
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Princes Street Gardens and Scott Monument
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Edinburgh (Gaelic: Dùn Èideann) is the capital of Scotland. The city has a population of just under 478,000.

Situated in pleasant coastal and rural scenery, it is considered one of the most attractive of European cities. To the north is the estuary of the River Forth; east is the stretch of the North Sea known as the Firth of Forth; south are the Pentland Hills; and to the west lies the most densely-populated area of Scotland, known as the Central Belt.

Because of its distinctive architecture, rich history and vibrant cultural life, Edinburgh is an extremely popular tourist destination. Attractions include Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyrood House, Princes Street, St. Giles' Cathedral, and the Scott Monument.

It is also the location of many important Scottish institutions, including the Scottish Parliament Building, the National Gallery of Scotland, the National Museum of Scotland, and three universities.

Amongst its most popular cultural attractions are the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, both of which take place annually in August.

Further out, Edinburgh has a number of distinctive and intriguingly named districts. These include: Gogarloch, Craiglockhart, Corstorphine, Burdiehouse and Joppa.

Listen on Spotify to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo


Holyrood Palace
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National Gallery of Scotland
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McEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeMcEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh - Credit: Paul Stainthorpe, Flickr