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Areas and Squares

The Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is the main thoroughfare through Edinburgh's Old Town and probably the oldest street in Edinburgh. The mile long stretch of cobble stones runs from the Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and is divided into four sections; Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate.

Calton Hill
Calton Hill sits on one of Edinburgh's main hills in the city centre. It’s grassy slopes sport two observatories and the famous if unfinished replica of the Parthenon in Athens. Visiting the park is a welcome break from the busy streets of the city and it offers beguiling views over Edinburgh.

Guided Tours

Edinburgh Architecture Tour
Walking Tours of the city's architecture with separate tours through the Old Town, Lothian Road, New Road, Leith, Edinburgh Park, modern buildings and historical sites.
Tel: +44 01620 829 739
Email: mail@edinburgharchitecture.co.uk
Website: Edinburgh Architecture

Mercat Tours
Award winning Mercat Tours is organised and conducted by university-trained historians who offer tours called; Secrets of the Royal Mile, Ghouls and Ghosts, and Hidden Underground Vaults.
Tel: +44 0131 557 6464
Website: Mercat Tours

Saints & Sinners Walking & Jogging Tours
Provide tours that entertain and inform in a way that
brings the history and characters of this ancient city
alive.
Tel: +44 (0)7803 475688
Email: Phamrun@aol.com
Website: Saints & Sinners Walking & Jogging Tours

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre visitor attraction brings 300 years of Scotch Whisky history to life. Discover the history of whisky, how it is made and take part in tastings.
354 Castlehill
Royal Mile
Tel: +44 0131 220 0441
Email: info@whisky-heritage.co.uk
Website:
Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre

Witchery Tours
As you might guess from the name Witchery Tours offer tours like "Ghost and Gore" and "Murder and Mystery". Booking essential.
Tel: +44 0131 225 6745
Website:
Witchery Tours

Walkabout Scotland

Daily guided hill walking tours from Edinburgh to show visitors the beautiful mountainous countryside of the Scottish Highlands - all within two and a half hours from Edinburgh.
2 Rossie Place
Edinburgh EH7 5SG
Tel: +44 0131 661 7168



Historical Buildings


Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh's history is inextricably intertwined with the imposing castle which watches over the modern city from Castle Rock. The vantage point has been inhabited since 800 BC and the Castle which was built upon it has become a symbol of Scotland's nationhood.
Castlehill
Tel: +44 0131 225 9846
Fax: +44 0131 220 4733

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Situated at the opposite end of the Royal Mile from the Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is just as closely associated with Scotland's history. Holyrood Abbey, historic apartments, state rooms and Mary Queen of Scots chambers are open to visitors but check opening hours before going.
Canongate
Royal Mile EH8 8DX
Tel: +44 0131 556 7371
Fax: +44 0131 557 5256


Lauriston Castle

16th Century tower house with 19th century extensions, standing in tranquil grounds overlooking the Firth of Forth. Rich collections of furniture and decorative art give a peek at Edwardian life in a Scottish country house. Visits by guided tour only.
Cramond Road South
Davidson's Mains
Edinburgh EH4 5GD
Tel: +44 0131 336 2060
Fax: +44 0131 312 7165


Monuments

The Scott Monument
Built in the memory of the Scottish writer, Sir Walter Scott, the Scott Monument has an internal spiral staircase of nearly 300 steps. From the top you can enjoy a splendid view of Edinburgh. The monument has 64 niches, each of which houses a statuette of a character from
the works of Scott.
Princes Street
Edinburgh EH2 2EJ
Tel: +44 01315 294 068

Rosslyn Chapel
Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair. The Chapel is a stunning example of 15th century gothic architecture. Famous for the beauty of its unusual carvings and masonic symbolism.
Roslin
Midlothian EH25 9PU

Parks and Gardens

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Established in 1670 and known locally as the 'Botanics', Scotland's Premier Garden is one of the UK's favourite attractions. Originally founded as a physic garden in Holyrood, the Garden finally settled and developed in Inverleith in 1820. Today the gardens are home to over 6% of all known plants and the garden is acknowledged to be one of the finest in the world.
Inverleith Row & Arboretum Place
20A Inverleith Row
Edinburgh EH3 5LR
Tel: +44 0131 552 7171
Fax: +44 0131 248 2901
E-mail: info@rbge.org.uk

Malleny Garden
Three acre walled garden dominated by four 400 year old yew trees. Fine herbaceous borders, large collection of roses. Houses the national bonsai collection for Scotland. Appointments required for groups.
Balerno
Edinburgh EH14 7AF
Tel: +44 0131 449 2283

Holyrood Park
Visiting Holyrood Park is like visiting the Highlands, even though it is just a little out of the city centre. T
he park covers 650 acres and contains two of Edinburgh's most impressive natural features, Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crag's. Arthur's seat is the remains of an ancient (and extinct) volcano 823 feet above sea level. It commands an inspiring view over Edinburgh and, on a good day, along the Firth of Forth.


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