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  • EdinburghAmbassadorPro 2014
    Katie Pierce
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    5 Jun 30, 2014

    I thought Edinburgh was adorable! It is a city with a lot of culture to offer and is very tourist-friendly. Edinburgh has all the chic European style with cobblestones, traditional houses and plentiful gardens with a young and engaged population. I would love to return for fun festivals like Fringe! Additionally, it is quite affordable and a great city to use as a home base for exploring more of Scotland.

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  • EdinburghPro 2014
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    5 Apr 22, 2014

    Scotland's capital is charming, beautiful, & eclectic. You can spend days wandering the Old & New Towns. The definite must see is Edinburgh Castle, as with many major cities in the UK, there are great free museums should you encounter rain.

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  • EdinburghPro 2014
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    4 Apr 21, 2014

    Capital of Scotland and well worth a week's visit. Old Edinburgh is crowded in high season, but retains a certain charm throughout the year. Best seen during Fringe.

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  • EdinburghPro 2014
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    5 May 17, 2014

    A great city which is easy to visit and not like any other city in the United Kingdom. Full of history, the contrasting New Town and Old Town, excellent museums and great although sometimes expensive food. A trip to Edinburgh is well worth it.

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  • EdinburghPro 2014
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    5 Jan 19, 2014

    Edinburgh is a beautiful city with no shortage of things to do. It's always lively and always interesting with a mixture of history, art and the huge student population gives it a thriving bar scene. The only downside is probably the weather, but come prepared and you'll never be bored.

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  • Edinburgh
    Robert van Tol
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    5 Dec 23, 2013

    Stunning city, world heritage centre and capital of Scotland. Edinburgh is a festival city, with high art, fringe comedy and theater, jazz, TV, and film festivals; and amazing New Year celebrations. Yet, its modest size gives it a very human scale. The "old town" is the medieval heart of the city, stretching from the castle down the Royal Mile towards the royal palace. The "new town" is the late 18th and 19th century additions. While down on the shore of the Forth is the colourful port of Leith. Stacked to the brim with history, galleries, cultural events and national monuments there is always something to see and do in Edinburgh.

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    Scott McGaraghan
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    4 May 05, 2014

    We just spent a few days here with friends in from the states, and it was well worth it. For starters, the train from London, while long, is a beautiful one which winds along the coast for the last hour or so after Newcastle. The city itself is full of history, incredible architecture, and good food and drink. We spent a morning in the Castle, did a tour of the vaults underneath the city, wandered around the graveyard behind Greyfriar's Bobby (and found the grave of Tom Riddle - the inspiration for JK Rowling), and hiked up to Arthur's seat. Between all that, we managed to squeeze in some pubs and scotch sampling as well.

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  • Edinburgh
    Donna Umali
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    5 Nov 01, 2013

    Beautiful city with amazing architecture. There's a feeling of history as you meander over cobble stone streets and imagine the bustle of people in the streets. There's plenty to see and do as many things are within walking distance of each other. The restaurants selection is plenty and diverse. When I visited Edinburgh there was a lot of construction since they've been renovating the subway for years now. Don't let that stop you from enjoying the sites. Just avoid the congested areas and you will be fine.

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  • Edinburgh
    Alison Kjeldgaard
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    5 Oct 19, 2013

    I have never met a people more proud of their history than the Scots, and Edinburgh is the center of it all. Here, jabs at the English are spoken freely on the streets, as are tales of their defeat (one of the best being a 1950s attempt to smuggle the Stone of Destiny out of Westminster Abbey and back to its rightful place in Edinburgh Castle). Music can be heard on almost every block, coming from a bag piper on the streets or from the depths of a tiny pub tucked away in the basement. Make sure to try haggis at some point to get a taste of the local flavor - but don't ask what's in it. You don't want to know.

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    übermatze
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    5 Sep 30, 2013

    I love this city!
    It's not that there would be so many sights or something it's just the atmosphere! Maybe it's the castle or Arthurs Seat but something's special here.
    PS: Head to the "pommegranate" for awesome middle eastern food, I couldn't find it on gogobot though..

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  • EdinburghPro 2014
    Thomas Beard
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    4 Jul 28, 2013

    Unfortunately, I didn't get much of a look around here on my trip up to Dundee, but from what I saw of it, this was a very nice city indeed!!

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  • EdinburghPro 2014
    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Apr 14, 2013

    I love this town. It's small enough to be walkable and it's incredibly dense. If you find stairs ("close"), explore them.

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    Yen Phan
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    5 May 18, 2014

    I love Edinburgh! I now understand why everyone says it's their favorite city. The city centre is full of old world charm. I love how the buildings still retain the original form outside. It's like being in the medieval times. There's so much to see and do year round. People are fun and friendly. I definitely want to visit again and again!

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  • EdinburghPro 2014
    Alex L
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    5 Mar 17, 2013

    Hypothetically, let's say your mom was of Scottish heritage. And then, for fun, let's add in that she was a lifelong Scottish country dancer, named her firstborn son Scott, had a Scottish terrier, and played bagpipe music, at high volume, often, and with gusto. You might think you would hate all things Scottish for life, or you might, eventually, allow the Kool-Aid to settle and fall in love with the real thing.

    I'll admit it, I'm not a huge fan of Scotland (I much prefer the green rolling hills, music and sheep of Ireland), but I love me some Edinburgh. The military tattoo and Edinburgh Festival (and fringe festival) of the summer, Hogmanay in winter (New Year's Eve -- it seriously rocks). I spent a Beltane (April 30) in Edinburgh, and considered converting to neo-paganism after witnessing the fire and ice spectacle.

    And Edinburgh itself isn't too shabby. Edinburgh Castle is frickin' cool. You can find adorable old-skool-style tea shops serving up high tea, or tattooed and pierced waitresses serving up vegetarian haggis in hip bars. The art and music scene is among some of the best in the UK. Once you head north, I find Scotland a bit desolate for my taste, but if you're into the lunar landscape, mythic sea monster, fluffy cow, fried Mars bar kind of thing, it could be well worth your while.

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    Edward Kennedy
    5 Mar 14, 2013

    A beautiful city worth the visit. Enjoy the Castle, Holyroodhouse and the Royal Mile in between

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    Claire Malibu Kellerman
    5 Jan 18, 2013

    Edinburgh is where my father was raised and is now buried, so I love to visit my family there, to see the castle and feel some history in the cobblestones. Edinburgh has gardens to walk and great views, and shops to explore. Worth visiting! My aunt used to live on Belgrave Crescent, that was a sweet place!

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  • Edinburgh
    Jim Barton
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    5 Jan 08, 2013

    A top class cosmopolitan city. Edinburgh is one of the best cities in Europe. Bars and restaurants galore. Plenty of museums and interesting sites (most for free). Some beautiful little neighborhoods and of course Edinburgh Castle which is a must. Also try going up Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill. In my opinion Scotland has the best pubs in the world and Edinburgh has it's fair share. I must admit that I have not been to Ireland so that could change. Still I highly recommend Edinburgh as a destination if you are in the UK or traveling around Europe. CNN Travel rated Scotland the #!1 travel destination in 2013!

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    LJ
    4 Jan 04, 2013

    Edinburgh for Hogmanay, no better place to be. There is so much to do and see during the Edinburgh Hogmanay 3 day New Years celebrations. Some highlights are, the torchlight procession on day one (book early, online, to get a torch) with fireworks at the end, day 2 the hourly fireworks and Princes Street street party and incredible fireworks then day 3 the Loony Dook. Then during the celebrations there is the highland wonderland, ice rink, eye and various other things to see and do. The atmosphere is amazing and the people very friendly indeed.

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    Carl Walker
    5 Dec 15, 2012

    Underrated? Well, let's just say it has a certain charm in both atmosphere and locations that is a nice break from, say, London.

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    5 Nov 15, 2012

    Beautiful city, with plenty of great architecture and history. The capital of Scotland, and a center of the Scottish enlightenment. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to walk around and explore the old town

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Saying the Scottish capital is proud of its history just doesn’t quite do it justice. A staunch city built on seven hills, Edinburgh is the political and cultural capital of Scotland. As the winter gray skies clear, the city blossoms with one of the world's most impressive array of summer festivals. If you like hundreds of Scottish country dancers, regal bagpipers and exploding cannons, make sure ... read more
to visit the Edinburgh Castle's Military Tattoo (buy your tickets today!). How about the arts? The Edinburgh International Festival and its quirky offshoot Edinburgh Fringe Festival (overtaking its parent to become the world's largest arts festival) dominates the city every August with performances in dance, theatre, music and even stand-up comedy. But don't stay away if you arrive off-season, as there's plenty of things to do year-round. The Edinburgh Castle, home to the Tattoo, is a stately hilltop fortress that offers breathtaking views and a quick Scottish history lesson. Keep up with history at the National Museum of Scotland, where you can hear the Millennium Clock chime and see Roman-era weaponry. Scots love their signature haggis so much, they even offer it in a vegetarian option for squeamish visitors.

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