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Destination Spotlight - Edinburgh

27TH MAY 2021

Scotland's capital, and inspiration for JK Rowling's famous Harry Potter series, Edinburgh is a magical city that enchants everyone who visits. From the world-renowned Edinburgh Castle, home to the Stone of Destiny and the Scottish Crown Jewels, to the Royal Mile, and Scotland's Parliament Building, Edinburgh is steeped in history. But with 112 parks and scenic spots such as Arthurs Seat, it's also a peaceful place to sit back and watch the world go by.

It's a small enough city to explore by foot, so pack a pair of comfortable shoes and follow some of our top tips to make it a really memorable trip. It has a good tram and bus system and taxis are always handy, if by mid-afternoon you are feeling a bit weary. You’ll be enchanted by the Georgian architecture and medieval heritage and we guarantee you’ll be back for more!

Where to Stay – Bonham Hotel

Situated in the stunning west end of Edinburgh, The Bonham offers a range of facilities with beautiful views looking over the tranquil Drumsheugh Gardens and north of the city, over the New Town and beyond. The hotel’s beautiful interiors of the original houses provide guests with luxurious rooms and suites, a stylish restaurant and bar, comforting lounge areas and more.

Each of the 49 guest rooms and suites boast complimentary Wi-Fi, sumptuous Hypnos beds, luxurious bed linens, mini fridges stocked with complimentary water & fresh milk, tea and coffee making facilities, and bathrobes & slippers.

The hotel's stylish west end location offers guests the opportunity to discover the city's intricate network of Georgian streets, some of the city's best independent retailers and a vast array of bars and restaurants.

Top 5 Things To Do In Edinburgh

1. Edinburgh Castle

Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Edinburgh Castle is alive with exciting tales of its time as a military fortress, royal residence and prison of war. When you climb Castle Hill, you will walk in the footsteps of soldiers, kings and queens – and even the odd pirate or two. Beautiful views over the city and surrounding area.

2. Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat is an ancient volcano which is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, which form most of Holyrood Park. Climb to the top for unforgettable views of Edinburgh and the surrounding area. It's located opposite to the Scottish Parliament and the Royal Palace of Holyrood House so add these two sites onto you must see list.

3. Edinburgh Old Town

The medieval streets surrounding Edinburgh Castle are a bustling area of centuries-old buildings and narrow alleys. The Royal Mile, a steep street lined with traditional pubs, casual eateries, souvenir shops and small museums, runs from the castle to the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s Scottish residence. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and not to be missed for taking all those selfies!

4. Calton Hill

Edinburgh's Acropolis, Calton Hill is home to historic monuments like the National Monument, inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Intended to commemorate the Scottish servicemen who died in the Napoleonic Wars, it was never completed leaving just the twelve columns you see today. Also look out for the Nelson Monument, shaped like an up-turned telescope. Completed in 1816 the monument commemorates the death of Admiral Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

5. National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland houses national collections of Scottish archaeological finds and medieval objects, the stuffed body of Dolly the Sheep - the first successful cloning of a mammal from an adult cell and one of Elton John's extravagant suits!

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