The City of Edinburgh Scotland

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The City of Edinburgh Scotland

The city of Edinburgh, Scotland was a settlement from prehistoric times, the Celts arriving long before the Romans came in the 1st century AD. The Germans played a role in the city’s development in the early AD centuries, too, before the Kingdom of Scotland officially claimed it in the 10th century. Edinburgh became a large trade center in the Middle Ages and by 1488, James IV’s reign, it was widely known as the capital of Scotland.

Activities and attractions in Edinburgh often center around the castle and the Royal Mile that runs between the castle and Holyrood Abbey. It is called “a Scot’s mile,” and it is about 1.12 English miles long. Restaurants, pubs and shops entice visitors all along the downhill stretch, and there are usually quite a few entertaining buskers here and there.

Edinburgh is divided into areas called Old Town, New Town and the West End. The Old Town contains the Royal Mile, and the New Town covers an area north of the castle and up to the water of the Firth of Forth. “New” Town was begun in 1766, just to note the length of time surrounding the development of Edinburgh. Princes Street, named for the sons of George III, is the shopping mecca of New Town and home to many designer label establishments. The West End is the busy financial district.

Leith is actually the port of Edinburgh on the north side, and was a separate entity from the 1300s until it was joined to the city in 1920 under great resentment. The Waterfront area has been developed for residential and tourist use with the closure of some of the industrial works.

Edinburgh hosts several festivals throughout the year that add interest to the many historic sites, significant cathedrals and grand architecture in this city.

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