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Sic as ye gie, sic wull ye get – you’ll get out of life as much as you put in. Travel to Edinburgh, a favorite European city of travelers to Scotland. Edinburgh is the second largest U.K. city, Europe’s sixth largest financial hub, seat of the Scottish Parliament and the capital city of Scotland. Edinburgh’s landscape includes historic towns, quaint, scenic villages, beautiful beaches, lush moors and many world famous attractions. Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Phillip is the Duke of Edinburgh.

Traveling in and around Edinburgh is very easy. Edinburgh has one of the most progressive transportation systems in Scotland because visitors can travel throughout the U.K. and beyond from this historical city. Visitors also can walk around Old Town or take convenient transportation to visit local museums, galleries, monuments, parks and castles.

A famous castle is Edinburgh Castle which is where the city of Edinburgh grew from its early settlements. It is situated upon a volcanic rock, over looking the city and the Royal Mile. The Royal Mile is known for Scottish and English royalty traveling back and forth from the Palace of Holyrood House and the Castle. With its great beam ceilings and stained windows, Edinburgh Castle was great inspiration for the Harry Potter movies featuring Hogwart’s dining halls. Edinburgh and nearby towns have also been the background for movies, such as The Da Vinci Code, The 39 Steps and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

The City of Edinburgh features a variety of independent communities or townships with their own characteristics. Their locations are close to Edinburgh, but when you visit these unique villages, you forget that you are a stone’s throw frm a modern thriving European city. The communities include: Bruntsfield, Stockbridge, Corstorphine, Dean Village, Colinton, Cramond and Leith.

The sites and activities they offer are award winning golf courses, antique and craft-making shops, medieval tours, Edinburgh Zoo and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Edinburgh features a beautiful coast line for seaside walks in the towns of Gullane, Yellowcraig, Cramond, North Berwick and Longniddry Bents. Anytime of the year is a good time to visit Edinburgh because they celebrate each season with summer, spring, fall and winter festivals.