If you want to see some Scottish culture but do not know from which city to start with, Edinburgh should be a handy place. In Edinburgh, you would be able to see the old town, where the old castle of Edinburgh (See here fore more details) is located, while the modern new town and art culture is just across the street.
This Scottish capital city offers and unique package for you to understand local Scottish culture. Both old and new towns of Edinburgh is listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1995.
One of the easiest way to get through Old Town is to start with Royal Mile. Royal Mile is a lane full of historical landmarks, as well as souvenir shops nowadays. It is a landmark in the Old Town that you would not miss when you are in Edinburgh. Along the Royal Mile, you will see:
1. Abbey and Palace of Holyroodhouse
This is a royal residence where Mary Queen of Scots lived and a collection of art from the Royal family is hosted. The palace is opened to the public for tours.
2. St Giles’ Cathedral/ High Kirk of Edinburgh
Located between the Place of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle is St Giles’ Cathedral. Also known as High Kirk of Edinburgh, this city church was existed on the same site before the 9th century. The Chapel of the Order of the Thistle is located there.
High Kirk of Edinburgh- Edinburgh – Scotland
3. The Scottish Parliament
The parliament is located opposite of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Spanish Catalan-style building aroused controversy among Scots due to the postmodern architecture. The Parliament is opened to public for free on non-business days.
4. Mary King’s Close
Located opposite to St Giles’ Cathedral, Mary King’s close shows you the history of Edinburgh in the medieval days. It is preserved since being closed in the 18th century.
Above are only the highlights in the Royal Mile, Old Town of Edinburgh, for sure you would enjoy the ancient Scottish atmosphere there. For information of the rest of Old Town and New Town of Edinburgh, please check here.
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