A place as charming as it is old, Edinburgh is a hub of culture, history, food and fun.

With the city neatly split down the middle separating the ‘old’ town and ‘new’ town, Edinburgh has something for everyone to enjoy, no matter your tastes.

It may come as a shock, but haggis doesn’t actually feature on every menu. We know, crazy right? It’s delicious with tatties, neeps and whiskey sauce but, hey, guess you can have too much of a good thing. Anyway…

Scotland’s capital city is the greenest in the UK, where they have more trees per resident than any other city in the UK. 50% of the city is green space and Edinburgh boasts over 130 parks so you best pack some comfy shoes.

Edinburgh Zoo is home to the only knighted penguin in the world. Yes, you did read that correctly. Knighted in 2008, he goes by the name Sir Nils Olav and is the Colonel-in-Chief and mascot to the Norwegian National Guard, who all stood to attention for him to inspect post-ceremony.

The very luscious and pleasant Princes Street Gardens are built on the old Nor (North) Loch. This was heavily polluted with the city’s sewage and a popular site for witch trials, many of whom were dunked in the Loch.

It may be a hilly city, but it’s certainly not a chore to get round; a stroll along the Royal Mile, spanning from Edinburgh Castle down to Holyrood, is an excellent way to enjoy the city’s history. Exploring the many ‘closes’ and winding staircases is not only a killer leg workout, but also an enchanting way to take in the rich past of Edinburgh. Like things a little flatter? Head on over to Princes Street for some retail therapy.

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