Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s bustling city centre ranks as one of the most handsome in Europe and combines rich cultural heritage with stunning new developments. The elegant Georgian streets are set against the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and the medieval turrets and spires of the Old Town.

The city centre offers residents an exciting fusion of shopping, dining and architectural splendour.

Princes Street is a match for any city’s main shopping thoroughfare and there are few cities which can claim such a dramatic view of an ancient fortress perched atop a giant volcanic rock and surrounded by a peaceful oasis of gardens stretching the length of the main street.

History

Edinburgh's New Town was first designed in 1767, and is the largest complete example of town planning from the Georgian period anywhere in the world. Its mixture of classical architecture, grand squares and terraces, gardens and secluded lanes, means that a walk through its streets is a journey back in time to an age of elegance.

Designed by architect James Craig to ease overcrowding at that time in the Old Town, the layout comprises a grid pattern of three parallel main streets (Princes Street, George Street and Queen Street) with a square at each end (St Andrew Square and Charlotte Square). The area is part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage site.

Significant Landmarks

Much of the recognition and love for Edinburgh is in its plethora of iconic buildings. Dominating the city centre is the Scott Monument, a Victorian gothic marvel at Princes Street Gardens East, an epic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott.  Climb the 287 steps to the uppermost viewing platform for a bird’s eye view!

Famous Residents

A city with great literary roots, Scotland’s capital city has served as home to many famous writers. In addition to Sir Walter Scott, other renowned authors include Robert Louis Stevenson whose tales of Treasure Island, Kidnapped and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde have enthralled readers for over 100 years.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson to the imaginations of readers and audiences with its scripts and subsequent filming in modern times of their exciting adventures. More recently Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin have thrilled readers with their detective novels and JK Rowling is a global phenomenon thanks to the bravery and heroic acts of a young wizard and his friends in the celebrated Harry Potter books.

Sir Sean Connery, Ronnie Corbett and Rory Bremner are much loved and popular actors and comedians from Scotland’s capital city.

Notorious residents include Deacon Brodie who in the mid-1700s was a respected cabinet maker and Edinburgh City Councillor by day, but by night a light fingered burglar robbing the homes of his wealthy clients.  Burke and Hare were thieving grave robbers and murderers who in the early 18th century sold their victims corpses to Doctor Robert Knox who dissected the bodies at his anatomy lectures in the capital.

A much loved Edinburgh resident is the faithful skye terrier, Greyfriars Bobby, who loyally watched over his masters grave for 14 years following his death in the 1800's.  A commemorative statue serves as a heartwarming tribute to this very loyal friend and visitors can view it outside Greyfriars Kirk on George IV Bridge.

Come and see for  yourself!

Why not come and visit Scotland’s capital city for yourself, retrace its history and explore its cobbled streets, hidden alleyways and bustling walkways.  Whether it’s for a quick weekend break or a more leisurely stay, there is plenty to see and do.