Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Top 50 Places I Want To Visit #44: Edinburgh, Scotland

Not many cities combine the ancient and the modern better than Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Often referred to as "the Athens of the North," Edinburgh is a pleasant combination of modern architecture, gothic churches, hopping nightlife, and thriving cultural festivals.

Edinburgh Castle
The Edinburgh castle is one of the more recognizable landmarks. It was used by David I in the 12th century as a royal castle but by the 17th century it had lost its residential role and served primarily as a military base.

Arthur's Seat
For those looking to get out of the city and experience some of the natural beauty Edinburgh has to offer, Arthur's seat, a huge rock formation located a mile east of the Edinburgh castle, provides a panoramic view of the surrounding city and hills.

Hogmanay Celebrations
Edinburgh is also widely known for Hogmanay, a New Year celebration that kicks off a whole season of cultural festivals. Complete with dancing, parades, concerts, and copious amounts of haggis, this seems like my kind of party and an excellent reason to set aside some time for travel during a future winter break...

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