Up until the 17th century, Edinburgh’s walled defences confined the city to just 140 acres (57 hectares). With threats lurking beyond the walls, the city’s growing population had only one option; build up. The result was a city choc-a-bloc with fickle housing and narrow alleyways. The walls may be long gone, but the city’s higgledy-piggeldy roots are still evident today, giving Edinburgh a unique charm that’s all it’s own. Divided in two, Edinburgh’s Old Town and the Georgian-era New Town are symbolic of this city’s dual personality, a history-laden site that enjoys the trims and trappings of modern life too. It may have a dark and brooding appearance, but Edinburgh’s luxury hotels, bars and award-winning restaurants ensures this party town is as vibrant as they come. Huddled atop the city’s Old Town, Edinburgh Castle overlooks it all, serving as a potent reminder that Scottish heritage is never too far away in this city.
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