Edinburgh – London
Pronounced Edin-burra, the capital of 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.
You can see more of the city with an Edinburgh Pass. Visit any of the 30 major attractions covered by the card, including the National Galleries of Scotland, 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 Holyrood, 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.
If you’re lucky enough to visit during the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, you’re in for quite an impression. No worries, it’s not permanent. Every August, this top Scottish attraction brings together performers from four continents on the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. The poignant close of each evening’s proceedings is marked by the Lone Piper high on the Castle ramparts playing a haunting lament, before the cast marches off the Esplanade to the strains of famous pipe melody, The Black Bear.
With a glittering array of talent, this “Tattoo” will leave an indelible mark on your trip.
Edinburgh is where you saddle up to a stool at a local pub, order a single malt and make a new friend. Bravely try a dish of haggis, Scotland’s national dish of spiced intestines. Hear bagpipes once and have the sound live on in your memory forever.