Edinburgh is the Capital City of Scotland. Naturally it is steeped in history on all sides. I would be foolish to start as you could find better writings on the internet than i can attempt here !! I shall just try to give you a few brief pointers to places I enjoy and hope you shall also.
I love walking in “The New Town”. It has such an essence and sentiment for the period when it came in to being. Proposals for it were first published in 1752.
The New Town was described by Robert Louis Stevenson as “windy parallelograms” Robert Burns called it “Heavenly Hanoverianism”
Shopping fanatics should have a walk along George Street or, if you prefer less fashion and more quirk, take a stroll down Broughton Street. While in that area visit the Printmakers Studio and Gallery in Union Street.
Other galleries in the New Town are the Open Eye Gallery, The Scottish Gallery and The Bourne Fine Arts Gallery – among others in the same area. There are a few antique shops also in this same part of town. – Unicorn Antiques and The Thrie Estaits Antiques being two of the more interesting.
For tourist preoccupations go and visit the Georgian House in Charlotte Square which has been restored to look as it originally might have been. The volunteer attendants are well versed in how things were and are more than willing to share their knowledge.
Art lovers can go to the Scottish National Galleries on Princes Street where you can see a wide selection of wonderful paintings, sculpture and furniture. It covers all the main European Schools of painting as well as an in depth collection of the Scottish School although not incorporating the present day. To see that you need to go to The Museum of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery – both on the edges of the New Town but well within walking distance.
The Old Town has many fascinating things to see – The Castle, Holyrood Palace and St Giles Cathedral. Walk down The Royal Mile for a feast of medieval architecture. Walk into some of the ‘closes’ and ‘pends’ and see what is lurking there to surprise and delight you ! Take a side step down to The Grassmarket. For a breath of fresh air , make a climb up Arthur’s Seat then visit Scotland’s New Parliament building complex.
Don’t forget to book for some theatrical performances at the Lyceum, an 1883 Victorian delight or the Kings Theatre for an Edwardian sensation. built in 1906. They both have great theatrical delights on their stages.
The Usher Hall has newly been renovated and holds orchestral recitals and occasional more popular concerts.
If you want a more intimate recital experience, go to The Queen’s Hall.
To be in Edinburgh at Festival time in August is a life enhancing thrill.
There is a winter version slowly developing with a major firework concert and New Year party as its central feature.