My visit to Scotland was short and to be exact I had about nine days to relax and explore this country, historic cities and fairy-tale like locations such as Loch Ness.
With limited time and the desire to see as much as possible, I decided to start out my vacation with a visit to Edinburgh the capital city of Scotland. Proved to be a wise choice and a perfect location to learn about the history of Scotland, see the historic architecture, visit the famous kilt shops and of course purchase one as a souvenir (because god knows when I’ll be back on this island, but I do hope it will be soon).
While in Edinburg I mainly decided to explore the Old Town and not the Georgian New Town, full of fancy gardens and well-preserved 18th and 19th-century buildings, giving you a glimpse of the upscale life a few centuries back. With only two days in Edinburg, I just had enough time to explore the Old Town, a lively area paved with old gray stones, narrow alleyways, and centuries-old structures. However, what attracts crowds of tourists to this part of the city is the castle, located on top of an extinct volcano.
Most medieval forts seemed to be located on the highest point of the city, back then it was a military strategy, and now tourists are provided with the best city views. To no surprise, Edinburg castle has that prime location and excellent outlook. Besides the location, this castle has a few museums (entrance fee is included in the general admission), a whisky shop (with whisky tasting), The Redcoat Café and the Tea Rooms in the Queen Anne building.
Admission fee for the Castle including all the museums featured inside the castle grounds:
• Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
• Adult: £17.00
• Child aged 5–15: £10.20
• Child under 5: FREE
• Concession: £13.60