Places of Interest
With many attractions throughout the year, and host to the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festival in August each year, Edinburgh is the ideal place for a short break. City tours are many and varied from open top bus rides to midnight ghost hunts.
The Park View Villa Guest House commands a prime position for watching the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks and is within walking distance to the Port of Leith, where many Bistros and Fish restaurants have appeared over the years. Leith is home to the former Royal Yacht Britannia which, after extensive refurbishment, is now open to visitors.
Edinburgh has a network of walkways and cycle tracks which can be accessed directly opposite the guest house and provide an alternative route into the city away from busy roads.
Nearby, is the Royal Botanic Garden. The largest section of the garden is the Arboretum where visitors can wander or rest in the shade of trees and shrubs from all over the world. Some of the most brilliant flowering is in the nearby Rhododendron Walk.
Edinburgh Castle is worth a day out by itself and contains a wealth of history. The castle is at the top end of the Royal Mile which is full of interesting architecture and places to visit, such as the Cathedral, John Knox's House and Mary King's Close.
Near the castle you can learn about Tartan weaving and go on to sample a whole range of whiskies in the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre.
At the bottom of the Royal Mile is the Palace
of Holyrood - the Queen's official residence when on state
visits, as well as the Scottish Parliament and the Dynamic
Nearby is Arthur's Seat which is worth a climb on a clear day for the wonderful views it affords over the city and over to Fife. If the weather is good you can see the peaks of the highlands in the far north.
Shopping in Edinburgh
Princes Street, George Street, Rose Street and the Princes Mall provide the visitor with a wide choice of international and local traders and the souvenir shops on the Royal Mile should keep the most avid shopper busy for hours!
As with the Port of Leith, Edinburgh can provide cuisine from all corners of the globe. The choice is yours.
There's a good selection of cinemas and theatres in the city centre as well as a large number of pubs and clubs that stay open into the wee small hours. Several pubs offer live music many nights of the week, or, if you're after something calmer, there are plenty of places catering for those looking for a quiet drink in cosy surroundings.