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Insider Travel Guide to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a bonny place. Towering spires give way to cobbled streets, winding down lamplit alleys flanked by townhouses. With the arrival of summer the city bursts to life, culminating in the popular Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It’s even pretty when it rains, warmed by laughter ringing from centuries-old pubs. What truly makes Edinburgh beautiful are the people. Warm, quick-witted and fiercely proud, they bring passion to their city’s culture. Get swept away by the rugby crowds at Murrayfield Stadium or the boom of bagpipes at the Edinburgh Tattoo. You may come to Scotland’s capital a tourist, but you’ll leave a friend.

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The city’s grandest building is the 12th-century Edinburgh Castle, perched on a sheer cliff atop the Royal Mile. A wander through Old Town’s charming Grassmarket will take you past colourful Victoria Street, where you can stop for a dram of whisky. When the sun’s out, head for stunning Holyrood Palace before conquering the summit of Arthur’s Seat. Back in town, don’t skip the National Museum of Scotland or numerous art galleries. Next, sink down to the Edinburgh Dungeon or Blair Street Underground Vaults, where body snatchers Burke and Hare did their dastardly deeds. Last, it wouldn’t be Edinburgh without a touch of magic – apparate yourself to the Witches’ Well to ruminate on the city that inspired Harry Potter.

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