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Why should you visit Edinburgh?
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Some great reasons for visitin Scotland’s historic capital city.  What do you think about this blog post by a guest writer? Why Should You Visit Edinburgh? Edinburgh, besides being one of the most haunted cities in the world, is full of fascinating history and rich culture. And because it’s not as touristy as other European cities, even if you visit at the height of summer, even the beautiful Edinburgh Castle is not going to be too packed with other visitors to really get a good look at the displays, architecture, and views of the city. Any time of year is the perfect time to come and visit this beautiful city, whether you are looking to see some ghosts, have a real Scottish experience, or just see some of the country’s most stunning architecture. Need more reasons to visit Edinburgh? Here are ten: 1. One of the best cities for ghostly encounters. If you walk up and down the historic Edinburgh Royal Mile, you will find plenty of advertisements boasting authentic ghost tours. If you are looking for a good scare, Edinburgh is the best place to get it. With some of the oldest graveyards in the country and more history than just about any other place in Europe, you can learn about some of the famous residents of the city, visit their grave, and maybe even come in contact with the  world famous poltergeist, who inhabits the graveyard around Greyfriar’s Kirk.                                                                                                                                                                   2. No other city can claim to be the birthplace of Harry Potter. On George the IV, walking from Quartermile towards the Royal Mile, you will walk past The Elephant House. In the shadow of Edinburgh castle, this is where J.K. Rowling sat and wrote the earliest drafts of her world famous Harry Potter novels. The bathrooms are covered in Harry Potter-related graffiti, from quotes from the books to questions for Rowling and even notes thanking her for writing the books. All of this is in addition to an impressive menu. 3. It’s the only city in the world where you can climb a volcano. It’s extinct now, but the remains stand at the end of the Royal Mile, sentinel beside Holyroodhouse. Called Arthur’s Seat, it is green with lush grass. Even standing at the bottom, it is beautiful to behold. If you are able to make the trek to the top, however, you have a spectacular view of the Loch and the city. The path is not for the faint of heart, but the view is well worth the climb. And there is no other city that can boast a volcano, even a dead one, within its limits. 4.  Edinburgh was built for walking. Unlike most cities, that are designed to facilitate cars and the traffic that inevitably come with a bustling city, large parts of Edinburgh, especially historic Edinburgh, are designed just for those who want to get around on foot. And walking from sight to sight is easy—because many of Edinburgh’s most popular and most important attractions are all within walking distance of not only comfortable hotels and inns, but each other as well. 5. You can easily tour both the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle  (separated only by the Royal Mile), as well as visit the Scott Monument, Mary King’s Close, and some of the city’s most famous cathedrals and kirks, all in the same day—though, unless you only have the one day, don’t be afraid to take your time at each place. Just because they’re close together doesn’t mean you have to see everything on just one outing. 6. You can get in touch with your heritage. While not everyone is lucky enough to have Scottish roots, those who do can find their family tartan and a few keepsakes to take home. For those who don’t have a Scot in their lineage, there are tartans specifically for those who don’t belong to any clan, as well as the Stewart tartan, which, as the tartan of Queen Elizabeth II, can be worn by anyone under her rule. 7. Edinburgh has some of the strangest and diverse museums in the world. As home the infamous murderers Burke and Hare, you know that even the museum detailing the history of Edinburgh’s police department is going to be interesting. If you are a fan of the macabre, you can even find a business card holder, crafted from Burke’s own skin, in that exhibit. If you are looking for something less creepy, but still interesting, you can visit the Camera Obscura exhibit, where you can take an intimate look at Edinburgh. Even many of the churches and cathedrals act as museums, playing home to the graves of some of the city’s famous residents, and as host to some of the city’s most important historical events. For a truly unique museum experience, do not forget to visit the Museum of Childhood. 8. See where Mary Queen of Scots lived during her exile in Scotland. The historical significance of Edinburgh is apparent as soon as you set foot on the cobblestone roads, but it is not until you visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse that you truly understand how important Edinburgh is and was. Not only did Queen Victoria prefer the Palace to the dark rooms of the castle, Holyroodhouse housed Mary Stuart during her time in Scotland. You can follow her escape through the now underground closes of the city. For anyone interested in history, Edinburgh is not a city to pass up. 9. One of the only cities with an “Author’s Tour.” If you are an author yourself, or just a fan of great literature, Edinburgh should be high on your list of destinations. Not only did it provide the café where J.K. Rowling created one of the most successful book series of all time, it has hosted hundreds of famous writers. The beautiful countryside and rich, dark history of this city has fostered storytelling for centuries. From David Hume or Robert Louis Stevenson, you can see where these authors lived, where they wrote, and the city that inspired their stories. 10. This city is the best place to experience Scottish culture. While the Scottish people are notoriously patriotic when it comes to their country, Edinburgh is perhaps the best place to get a taste for the entire country’s patriotism. Not only can you see the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, up and down the Royal Mile, you can hear bagpipes playing any and every day of the week. Almost every pub will offer some form of haggis, if you’re feeling adventurous. If you’re paying attention, you will probably see men on their way to work, dressed in kilts. 11. Ideal weather and ideal touring conditions. As long as you don’t mind the occasional rain shower (and with an official Edinburgh Castle poncho, how could you), you will love touring the city. It never gets too hot, and because the city is so far north, summer days are bright late into the night. While there are likely to be plenty of people at the most popular attractions, you will never feel as mobbed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse as you might trying to catch a glimpse of Buckingham Palace in London.
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Some great reasons for visitin

Scotland’s historic capital city. 

What do you think about this

blog post by a guest writer?

Why should you visit Edinburgh?
__________________________________________________________________________________________
Why Should You Visit Edinburgh? Edinburgh, besides being one of the most haunted cities in the world, is full of fascinating history and rich culture. And because it’s not as touristy as other European cities, even if you visit at the height of summer, even the beautiful Edinburgh Castle is not going to be too packed with other visitors to really get a good look at the displays, architecture, and views of the city. Any time of year is the perfect time to come and visit this beautiful city, whether you are looking to see some ghosts, have a real Scottish experience, or just see some of the country’s most stunning architecture. Need more reasons to visit Edinburgh? Here are ten: 1. One of the best cities for ghostly encounters. If you walk up and down the historic Edinburgh Royal Mile, you will find plenty of advertisements boasting authentic ghost tours. If you are looking for a good scare, Edinburgh is the best place to get it. With some of the oldest graveyards in the country and more history than just about any other place in Europe, you can learn about some of the famous residents of the city, visit their grave, and maybe even come in contact with the world famous poltergeist, who inhabits the graveyard around Greyfriar’s Kirk.                                                                                                                                                                   2. No other city can claim to be the birthplace of Harry Potter. On George the IV, walking from Quartermile towards the Royal Mile, you will walk past The Elephant House. In the shadow of Edinburgh castle, this is where J.K. Rowling sat and wrote the earliest drafts of her world famous Harry Potter novels. The bathrooms are covered in Harry Potter-related graffiti, from quotes from the books to questions for Rowling and even notes thanking her for writing the books. All of this is in addition to an impressive menu. 3. It’s the only city in the world where you can climb a volcano. It’s extinct now, but the remains stand at the end of the Royal Mile, sentinel beside Holyroodhouse. Called Arthur’s Seat, it is green with lush grass. Even standing at the bottom, it is beautiful to behold. If you are able to make the trek to the top, however, you have a spectacular view of the Loch and the city. The path is not for the faint of heart, but the view is well worth the climb. And there is no other city that can boast a volcano, even a dead one, within its limits. 4.  Edinburgh was built for walking. Unlike most cities, that are designed to facilitate cars and the traffic that inevitably come with a bustling city, large parts of Edinburgh, especially historic Edinburgh, are designed just for those who want to get around on foot. And walking from sight to sight is easy—because many of Edinburgh’s most popular and most important attractions are all within walking distance of not only comfortable hotels and inns, but each other as well. 5. You can easily tour both the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle (separated only by the Royal Mile), as well as visit the Scott Monument, Mary King’s Close, and some of the city’s most famous cathedrals and kirks, all in the same day—though, unless you only have the one day, don’t be afraid to take your time at each place. Just because they’re close together doesn’t mean you have to see everything on just one outing. 6. You can get in touch with your heritage. While not everyone is lucky enough to have Scottish roots, those who do can find their family tartan and a few keepsakes to take home. For those who don’t have a Scot in their lineage, there are tartans specifically for those who don’t belong to any clan, as well as the Stewart tartan, which, as the tartan of Queen Elizabeth II, can be worn by anyone under her rule. 7. Edinburgh has some of the strangest and diverse museums in the world. As home the infamous murderers Burke and Hare, you know that even the museum detailing the history of Edinburgh’s police department is going to be interesting. If you are a fan of the macabre, you can even find a business card holder, crafted from Burke’s own skin, in that exhibit. If you are looking for something less creepy, but still interesting, you can visit the Camera Obscura exhibit, where you can take an intimate look at Edinburgh. Even many of the churches and cathedrals act as museums, playing home to the graves of some of the city’s famous residents, and as host to some of the city’s most important historical events. For a truly unique museum experience, do not forget to visit the Museum of Childhood. 8. See where Mary Queen of Scots lived during her exile in Scotland. The historical significance of Edinburgh is apparent as soon as you set foot on the cobblestone roads, but it is not until you visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse that you truly understand how important Edinburgh is and was. Not only did Queen Victoria prefer the Palace to the dark rooms of the castle, Holyroodhouse housed Mary Stuart during her time in Scotland. You can follow her escape through the now underground closes of the city. For anyone interested in history, Edinburgh is not a city to pass up. 9. One of the only cities with an “Author’s Tour.” If you are an author yourself, or just a fan of great literature, Edinburgh should be high on your list of destinations. Not only did it provide the café where J.K. Rowling created one of the most successful book series of all time, it has hosted hundreds of famous writers. The beautiful countryside and rich, dark history of this city has fostered storytelling for centuries. From David Hume or Robert Louis Stevenson, you can see where these authors lived, where they wrote, and the city that inspired their stories. 10. This city is the best place to experience Scottish culture. While the Scottish people are notoriously patriotic when it comes to their country, Edinburgh is perhaps the best place to get a taste for the entire country’s patriotism. Not only can you see the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, up and down the Royal Mile, you can hear bagpipes playing any and every day of the week. Almost every pub will offer some form of haggis, if you’re feeling adventurous. If you’re paying attention, you will probably see men on their way to work, dressed in kilts.
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