Capital of Scotland and its second largest city built on extinct volcanoes atop an inlet from the North Sea (the Firth of Forth), Edinburgh is a must visit for the people looking for relaxation amidst the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings of nature. The city's picturesque landscape of rolling hills, lakes (lochs), crags and forests is complimented by elegant streets, cobbled alleys, and incomparable sunsets.
Visitors cannot but admire the historic houses of the Royal Mile, the elegant Georgian terraces and crescents of the New Town of this vibrant city. Explore the shallow valley housing the lovely Princes Street Gardens. Above the gardens is Princes Street, which is an ideal vantage point from which to view the castle and Old Edinburgh.
The impressive castle rising high above everything else on its sheer granite cliffs offers incredible panoramic views from the upper stories of the castle, including a clear view of the distant sea.
Most of the city's sights are contained within The Old Town and New Town. The Old Town is crowded with multistoried tenements dating from the 15th century and has ancient winding streets dotted with closes (entrances) and wynds (alleyways) on either side. The New Town, on the other hand, houses Georgian buildings and a symmetrical grid of streets.
No visit to Edinburgh can be complete without sampling some of its fine malts such as Highland malts, Lowland malts, Campeltown malts, Islay malts, to name a few.
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