Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland Edinburgh has fantabulous and craggy scenery. The picturesque city is adorned with vast collection of Medieval and Georgian architecture, including numerous stone houses.

Edinburgh is popularly nicknamed the Athens of the North. The annual four weeks Edinburgh Festival is held from early August attracts number of visitors to Edinburgh. The most famous of the events are the Edinburgh Fringe which is the largest performing arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Hogmanay street party (31 December), Burns Night (25 January), St. Andrew's Day (30 November), and the Beltane Fire Festival (30 April).

The city is the second most visited tourist destination in the United Kingdom, after London. According to 2009 YouGov poll, Edinburgh was the "most desirable city to live in UK".

Many talents and ideas were cultivated in the city, thus making Edinburgh a major noticeable cultural centre.

Edinburgh’s contribution to literature

The literary tradition has been carried out since very long right from Scottish Enlightenment. The pioneers of literature in Edinburgh were well known philosopher David Hume and the political economist, Adam Smith. Edinburgh has given many gems to the world. Authors like James Boswell, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alexander McCall Smith, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Sir Walter Scott all lived and worked in Edinburgh. The Harry Potter famed writer J K Rowling, is also a bequest of Edinburgh. Edinburgh contributed as a background to many crime novels of Ian Rankin, and the work of Irvine Welsh. For the city’s contribution to literature UNESCO has declared Edinburgh as the first UNESCO City of Literature.

Edinburgh Castle

The architecture of Edinburgh is what should be cherished about. Visitors come Edinburgh to see and appreciate its fine architecture.

The sky scape historic Edinburgh Castle atop the extinct volcanic cliff built around 12th century houses the Scottish National War Memorial, and National War Museum of Scotland. The fortress is the backdrop of annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The castle is surrounded by many financial, housing insurance and banking buildings. Most noticeable among all is a circular sandstone structure - Edinburgh International Conference Centre which is an ideal venue for organizing every event; conferences, meetings, exhibitions, functions etc.

Edinburgh Zoo

The zoological park, Edinburgh Zoo located on Corstorphine Hill was built in 1913. Thousands of visitors come here every year and are enthralled by the enchanting view of the city from here. Edinburgh zoo is only next to Edinburgh Castle in terms of popularity from Scotland's tourist attraction. Many scientific activities are also conducted besides serving as a tourist destination. Captive breeding of endangered species and study on animal behaviour are some of its prominent activities. Edinburgh zoo is the not only a single zoo in Britain to keep polar bears and koalas, but also it is the first zoo in the world to house and breed penguins.

Museums and libraries

Edinburgh also has a large number of museums and libraries. These contain antique scripts and articles. Major ones include the Museum of Scotland, the Royal Museum, the National Library of Scotland, National War Museum of Scotland, the Museum of Edinburgh, Museum of Childhood and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.