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When you book a flight to Edinburgh with Qatar Airways you’re assured of an exciting and memorable experience in one of Europe’s most historic cities. In this cultural hub of Scotland medieval castles and palaces rub shoulders with magnificent museums and galleries, as well as with more modern architecture.
Edinburgh is nicknamed the ‘Athens of the North’ because of its unrivalled cultural heritage. Fly to Edinburgh and prepare to be dazzled by its shops, restaurants, museums and festivals.
There are so many attractions in Edinburgh that it’s difficult to know how to pack them all in. Edinburgh Castle should definitely be at the top of your list, and also Holyrood Palace, the historic royal residence. During your trip to Edinburgh, don’t miss the Grassmarket area of the Old Town, which has numerous quaint little cafés, restaurants and shops.
On your trip to Edinburgh you can get an unusual panoramic view of the city from the Camera Obscura on Castle Hill in the Old Town. This focuses light into a dark room and gives a 360 degree view of the city outside.
Edinburgh has some great concert and theatre venues. The Edinburgh Playhouse and Festival Theatre are two of the best. The Bedlam Theatre specialises in small, atmospheric productions. On your trip to Edinburgh you should also try to take in a visit to Arthur’s Seat, which is an extinct volcano just east of the city.
There are festivals in Edinburgh throughout the year, the most famous being the Edinburgh International Festival. There’s also the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Fringe Festival to enjoy if you can catch them.
Edinburgh has a fabulous selection of eateries, with all tastes catered for right across the city. As well as the central area, there are good restaurants and cafés in the West End and Leith areas. The area around the castle is good for Michelin-starred grandeur, but casual snacks are available from most of the smaller venues.
Edinburgh has some of the best fish and chip outlets in the whole of the UK. These are unique in offering salt and sauce rather than the typical salt and vinegar as accompaniments.
When travelling to Edinburgh you’ll quickly discover that Princes Street is the main shopping thoroughfare. You can’t miss it as it runs right down the middle of the city, and it contains everything from tourist shops and department stores to huge chain stores. The Royal Mile in the Old Town is also popular with shoppers looking for souvenirs, whilst George Street is best for designer items.
You should never refer to the traditional kilt as a ‘skirt’ as this can cause offence.
Flights to Edinburgh arrive at Edinburgh International Airport, 10 miles beyond the city. The Edinburgh Tramway connects it with the city centre, and there’s also a dedicated bus service.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Edinburgh please check the visa and passport requirements.
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