Castles, Colleges, Kilts and So Much More
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland since the 15th century, is divided into the Old Town and the New Town. Although “New” in this case means over 200 years old. What's connecting these sections of town is the bench-lined Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh's main train station, Edinburgh Waverly.
If you're flying into Scotland use the Edinburgh Pass for free access on the quick and easy Edinburgh Express Air Link bus, which brings you to the center of the city in just 25 minutes. Drop your bags at the hotel and then visit any of the 30 major attractions covered by the pass. What to see? Visit the National Galleries of Scotland, tour the 16th century Lauriston Castle or cavort with the animals at the Edinburgh Zoo. Top of your trip (and glass) with a visit to the Glenkinchie Distillery for the city's famed single malt whiskey.
Want a little assistance getting around? With the Edinburgh City Sightseeing Tour you can hop on and hop off as often as you like to explore this historical and compact city. Visit Edinburgh Castle and St Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh's oldest building dating back to 1250. Take in some magnificent views, including Arthur's Seat, a dormant volcano. And tour the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the Queen stays when she's in town.
Interested in visiting the Queen's main residence? Head south with your Britrail Pass. You can be at Buckingham Palace in London in less than five hours. Or, if you're planning on staying in Scotland, the Britrail Scottish Freedom Pass will help connect you with the beautifully serene Scottish Highlands and Lochs. Board a train to Fort William to get to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain. You can also take an easy day trip from Edinburgh to Glasgow with travel times taking less than one hour. Shop on Buchanan Avenue, known as one of the world's best shopping streets. In the city's West End, you'll find young, hip boites thanks to its proximity to the University of Glasgow. The city is a markedly different than Scotland's capital.
And that's part of the appeal. Scotland is more than malt whiskey, kilts and castles. Although one could use whiskey as an analogy for the place. A perfect blend of ingredients and aged to perfection, this is a destination that goes down smooth and leaves a slight burning sensation in your soul. Leaving you wanting more.
Contributed by: Rachel, Manager of Groups, has traveled extensively throughout Europe by train and enjoys sharing her travel experience with colleagues and friends.