10 Reasons to Visit Edinburgh for Your Next Vacation

10 Reasons to Visit Edinburgh for Your Next Vacation10 Reasons to Visit Edinburgh for Your Next Vacation10 Reasons to Visit Edinburgh for Your Next Vacation

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Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is the second largest city in the country, making it a popular vacation spot for travelers from the U.K. and around the world.  In fact, it’s the second most visited city in the UK for international travelers (no surprise that London is first), and there are lots of reasons to visit Edinburgh.

From the United States, you can reach Edinburgh direct from Newark (Continental) and Atlanta (Delta), along with many airlines that make connections.  Another option is flying into Glasgow International Airport, about an hour away.

Here 10 reasons to visit Edinburg for your next vacation.

  1. It’s a picturesque city.  Located along the Firth of Forth (love that name!), Edinburgh sports a rugged coastline mixed with interesting architecture.  There are plenty of beautiful beaches, charming country side, quaint little villages, and thriving urban life, combining to make an interesting mix of landscape and culture.
  2. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The city core combines the medieval Old Town, the Georgian New Town, and award winning modern architecture.
  3. It has castles and palaces. Edinburgh Castle is in the city center, and that a good place to start your castle viewing, but there’s plenty more as you venture a little further about.
  4. It’s a capital city.  Students of government, history, and politics know how interesting a capital city can be, giving you the opportunity to check out the Scottish Parliament, conduct your business, and soak up the local business culture.
  5. It’s a literate city.  Edinburgh is the first UNESCO City of Literature.
  6. It’s got festivals.  The city boasts so many festivals that it’s hard to keep track, but is probably best known for the Edinburgh Festival.  It starts in August, and lasts for four weeks, and is a collection of mini-festivals that includes the Fringe festival, the International Festival, the International Book Festival, and plenty more.
  7. It’s a city that celebrates.  From ushering in the New Year with Hogmanay (December 31st) to Burns Night (January 25th). to the Beltane Fire Festival (April 30th), this is a city that can make a celebration out of almost anything.
  8. It has museums.  Sure, most large cities do have museums, but you’ll find some of the best in the country in Edinburgh.
  9. It has nightlife.  With demographics decidedly on the younger side, it’s not surprising that Edinburgh has lots of restaurants, club, and pubs that should appeal to nearly every night-out preference.
  10. It’s a little bit different.  While all your friends are boasting about one of the usual European destinations, mentioning Edinburgh will make your plans stand out a bit.  Why go with the usual, when there’s a unique choice to be made instead.

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Israel, Stockholm, and a Baltic cruise.

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