The citadel of Edinburgh has been recognized as the capital of Scotland since the 15th Century.
It also houses the Scottish Parliament and is the official seat of the Crown in Scotland. It is the second largest city in Scotland in terms of population with some 493,000 registered inner city residents and 1.4 million registered in the Greater Edinburgh area.
Edinburgh is purported to be one of the most popular places in the whole United Kingdom. The city is located in Lothian, on the South side of the Firth Of Forth and is a delight to visit at any time of the year. Edinburgh Castle is of course the main attraction with the large number of exhibits to see, as well as being a living museum, this is a definite point of interest for any visitor. After walking up the Royal Mile and taking in the atmosphere of what ancient Scotland must have been like, you are welcomed by military guards patrolling a living castle. It is a unique experience.
The capital city of Scotland has always been regarded as a center for education and has one of the oldest and top performing universities in the whole United Kingdom. But it is primarily known to visitors as a center for history and the performing arts. History buffs will have a huge choice of places to visit, including the National Museum of Scotland, the National War Museum and the Writers’ Museum, among many others.
It might be surprising to learn that Edinburgh is the second largest financial center in the UK and is also home to the Museum on the Mound which deals with all things related to money and banking.
Edinburgh also hosts the International Arts Festival and Edinburgh on the Fringe, two popular live performing arts events that draw thousands of visitors each year.