City breaks: Edinburgh

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City breaks: Edinburgh

The latest in our series of short city breaks blogs sees local blogger and student Mehrnaz Karimi explore Edinburgh. 

Edinburgh is a city with endless sights and activities to do that will be sure to keep you busy no matter how long you decide to stay for. There is so much to do it’s difficult to know where to begin, but why not start by having a view at just how beautiful the city is from Arthur's Seat. It is the main peak of the group of hills in Scotland with a height of 822ft which you can get a panoramic view of the city from. It was described by Robert Louis Stevenson as “a hill of magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design.”

If you’re the outdoorsy type and enjoy nature, then you may also like the Princes Street Gardens, which is a public park located in the centre of Edinburgh and in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. You can go straight from the Princes Street Gardens to Edinburgh Castle itself; this historic fortress is Scotland’s most visited paid tourist attraction with over 1.4 million visitors in 2013. A great place to learn more about the heritage of Scotland, enjoy spectacular views from the Castle. It’s not difficult to find either, you can get there just from the high street.  This is a must see for any tourist, after all, how can a million people be wrong?

If you go between the end of July and early September, you may be lucky enough to experience one of the many festivals that take place in Edinburgh, from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to the annual Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
If you fancy visiting Scotland’s capital, you can fly directly from Southampton Airport at a very reasonable price.  What are you waiting for?