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Is Edinburgh still a World Class Destination?

Posted by Barry Burton on April 5, 2024
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Introduction

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, has always held a unique charm that transcends time and trends. Its rich history, stunning architecture, vibrant cultural scene, and breathtaking landscapes continue to captivate visitors from around the globe. Despite the evolving travel landscape, Edinburgh remains a world-class destination of choice, offering an unforgettable experience to all who venture within its ancient walls. Edinburgh holds an instant appeal to many, and in this blog we will look at what makes it such a special place in so many people’s hearts.

Historical Riches

One cannot speak of Edinburgh without delving into its historical riches. From the imposing Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock to the cobbled streets of the Old Town, history seeps from every corner. The Royal Mile, with its iconic landmarks such as the Palace of Holyroodhouse and St. Giles’ Cathedral, serves as a living testament to the city’s royal heritage. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, annually transforms the city into a vibrant stage where creativity knows no bounds. Although the city has recently lost the Stone of Destiny (Stone of Scone) to Perthshire, the castle still houses Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Edinburgh, throughout history, has always punched above its weight; whether it is for learning, banking, literature, finance or medicine, Edinburgh has been at the forefront of many things.

Architectural Marvels

Edinburgh boasts a stunning juxtaposition of architectural styles, seamlessly blending medieval grandeur with Georgian elegance and Victorian splendour. The New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcases neoclassical Georgian townhouses and wide avenues, while the Old Town’s labyrinthine alleys lead to hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Lesser-known areas, such as Marchmont or the trendy Stockbridge are fantastic examples of the elegance of Victorian town planning. It seems the planners of Edinburgh have always had in mind the appeal of a vista – most roads entering Edinburgh, at some point, are affording an arresting view of the Castle. The Scott Monument, inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s literary legacy, stands tall amidst the Princes Street Gardens, offering panoramic views of the cityscape. The Skyline has changed this decade with the introduction of the W Hotel based at the fabulous St James’ Quarter. Locals often deride it and have christened with the unflattering moniker “The Golden Jobbie” due to it likeness to the poo emoji! However, these critics are missing one vital thing – the viewing deck at the top affords people the most spectacular views of Edinburgh’s main sites – The Castle, The Balmoral, Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags and more. Without what they would consider an eyesore blighting their views.

 

 

Cultural Kaleidoscope

As a hub of culture and creativity, Edinburgh leaves a lasting impression on its visitors. The city’s museums, galleries, and theatres celebrate its artistic heritage while embracing contemporary innovation. From the National Museum of Scotland, showcasing millennia of history and innovation, to the Scottish National Galleries of Art (we have 4), housing works spanning the centuries from around the world, Edinburgh invites exploration and enlightenment. The Edinburgh International Festival, alongside its Fringe counterpart, showcases a diverse array of performances, from classical concerts to avant-garde theatre, attracting artists and audiences from every corner of the globe. The Fringe (both reviled and adored by the local population) is the biggest Art festival in the World with nearly 2.5 million tickets sold last year. In 2019 (before Covid), the record year saw over 3 million tickets sold – it is hoped that the Fringe of 2024 will challenge this!

You can book your tickets by clicking on the Fringe Logo below.

Natural Wonders

Beyond its urban allure, Edinburgh offers access to some of Scotland’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano, provides a panoramic vantage point over the city and the surrounding landscapes. The Water of Leith Walkway offers a tranquil escape from the bustling streets, winding through wooded valleys and past picturesque villages. For those seeking coastal vistas, a short journey takes visitors to the quaint fishing villages of the East Lothian coast or the rugged beauty of the Fife coastline. Like Rome, Edinburgh was said to be built on 7 hills – all afford magnificent views but can anyone name them?

 

Sports

With two Scottish Premiership football teams and Edinburgh Rugby, Edinburgh holds enough allure for sports fans. And with Murrayfield holding concerts, as well as several home games for the Scottish Rugby team, there is a feast for sports fans too.

Conclusion

In an ever-changing world, Edinburgh stands as a timeless beacon of history, culture, and natural beauty. Despite, what seems to be the Council’s desire to destroy the city and lose it World Heritage status, Its allure transcends fleeting trends, offering visitors an immersive experience that leaves an indelible mark on the soul. Whether wandering the cobblestone streets of the Old Town or savouring the panoramic views from Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh continues to reign as a world-class destination of choice, beckoning travellers to discover its treasures anew with each passing year.

 

Evergreen Property invites guests of the city, tenants and all readers of this blog to see Edinburgh in the light we see it – not the dreich, dreary weather addled one we have today – but as a beacon of cultural, architectural and historical riches. We urge you to spend a day as a tourist in your own city to re-discover one of the world’s great cities.

 

And if you are reading this from afar, please be aware that we manage nearly 70 short stay properties in and around the city centre and we reserve our best rates for direct bookers!

 

Slàinte Mhath

 

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