The arresting beauty of Edinburgh’s hilly outline and conspicuous architecture make Scotland’s capital a must-do visit for any traveller passing on through to the Scottish Highlands or seeking an original cultural encounter with Scotland and her history. Affectionately crowned the ‘Athens of the North’ not least for its buildings, Edinburgh is also a wonderful stash of culture, the arts, sciences and philosophy. This is the birthplace of Scottish Enlightenment and today boasts four universities and a vibrant student community.
Edinburgh Castle majestically looms over the poetic cityscape of medieval tenements along the Royal Mile to the pillars, porticos and pilasters of Georgian townhouses and neoclassical grandeur. Walking through this compact city, Edinburgh captivates the imagination and is naturally compelling. It is not difficult to understand how local boy Robert Louis Stevenson came to write Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, growing up as he did in a city of such extraordinary variety.
Auld Reekie has been tamed with a plethora of independent galleries, shops selling local crafted products and a hot gastro scene sporting some of the best culinary restaurants in the United Kingdom. A European capital of beauty, history and that ‘bonnie’ Scottish charisma, Edinburgh is the culture gateway to the highlands and to its cousin south of the border in England.
One of Scotland’s most beautiful coastal routes – and indeed the Highlands’ answer to Route 66 – take a drive around the North Coast 500 and sweep your way through 500 miles of varied, rugged natural beauty of the sort that only Scotland could ever really claim as its own.read more
Samantha McCoach remembers her grandmother, a kilt maker in Scotland with 40-years’ experience, hand-making her a kilt not too long ago, and wearing it out and about in London.read more