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It’s never a bad choice to hit Edinburgh.

Scotland’s capital city has a wealth of top notch tourist destinations whether you’re looking for history, monuments, or even just a plain old glass of scotch.

Throw in some of urban Europe’s best scenery and we’ve got a great city escape just waiting to happen.

Here are 10 reasons to visit Edinburgh.

It’s Two Towns for the Price of One

The distinct contrast between the narrow, winding, cobblestone streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town and the more boulevard heavy neo classical New Town might just make you feel you’ve been on two separate city breaks.

a man plays the bagpipes in front of the scott monument edinburgh
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The Fringe Festival

The biggest arts festival in the world featured over 50,000 performances in 313 venues in 2015. The festival’s open access policy allows anyone to participate and the shows range from comedy to dance to theater to music and much more.

street performers battle during the fringe festival in edinburgh
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The Scott Monument

This towering Gothic structure stands on famous Princes Street and was built in the memory of famous author Sir Walter Scott. Climb to the top up the narrow staircase and grab a great view of the city for just £4.

the scott monument lit up at night edinburgh scotland
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Edinburgh Castle

This historic 12th Century fortress is easily the most famous building in the city and keeps watch over the city from Castle Rock. Check out the amazing panoramic view from here and make sure you go inside to check out the Crown Jewels.

edinburgh castle from below castle rock
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The Scotch Whisky Experience

Just a stumble from Edinburgh Castle you’ll find the world’s foremost whisky museum. It’s home to the world’s largest private collection of Scotch whisky not to mention a great tour to explain just how the ‘golden nectar’ comes to be – just don’t duck out before the tasting 😉

the largest private whiskey collection in the world behind glass at the scotch whiskey experience edinburgh
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The View from Arthur’s Seat

The main peak of Edinburgh’s hills rises to 250.5 meters and offers a great, if fairly easy hiking opportunity. It’s a great place to grab some fresh air and another outstanding panoramic view of the city.

a man stands on a cliff overlooking edinburgh from arthur's seat
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The Royal Mile

This main thoroughfare of Edinburgh’s Old Town is the city’s busiest due to tourists heading to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.

a tourist packed royal mile in edinburgh
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The Cuisine

Believe it or not Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most award winning cities from a culinary standpoint. You may not be brave enough to try haggis but an afternoon tea at luxurious Georgian Tea Room The Dome is a good place to start.

For more savory endeavors try the Douglas Fir cured salmon and a Scottish beef fillet at Wedgwood.

luxurious chocolate desserts served with tea at the dome edinburgh
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Rose Street

This narrow New Town street is famous for the shopping options but mostly for it’s huge list of bars and public houses. You’ll find humorously named pubs like Dirty Dicks and Filthy McNasty’s – but are you and your drinking buddies up for the Rose Street Challenge?

an outside view of dirty dick's pub in edinburgh
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The National Museum

To understand the history of Scotland look no further. The collections relating to Scottish culture, history, and antiquities are long but if that’s not your cuppa there’s plenty of science, natural history, and world culture to go around.

a wolf an a polar bear stuffed at the national museum of scotland edinburgh
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That’ll do me just fine! Let’s strap on our kilts and get to the airport.

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