Our capital city is steeped in history and there is much to see, do and discover. Edinburgh Castle, fortified and magnificent, has revealed evidence of human habitation dating back to the 2nd century AD, in the Iron Age.

Explore her underground streets, long abandoned. Investigate the crooked Deacon Brodie – city councillor and cabinetmaker by day, a burglar and gambler by night. Or Burke and Hare, the fearful body snatchers who eventually met a grisly fate of their own. If you want something more uplifting, there’s Greyfriar’s Bobby, a terrier who spent fourteen loyal years guarding the grave of his owner in the 19th century. After all that history, you might want to stop for a coffee in the cafe where JK Rowling wrote her first Harry Potter book. Or leave the culture for another day and shop until you can shop no more.

Edinburgh has it all: exquisite silversmiths, jewellers, designer clothing, art galleries, specialist foods, spas, theatres and so much more.

Edinburgh from Calton Hill