Travel to Edinburgh, the royal capital of Scotland. Walk the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle. Gaze out over the city gardens and shop for authentic Scottish tartan, wool, and cashmere. Watch the world renowned Military Tattoo performances and tour the Royal Yacht Brittania.
Travel to Edinburgh, where you will see the super imposing Edinburgh Castle high on the hill overlooking the town. Walk up and down Princes Street for shopping and afternoon tea in many of the cake shops. Stroll along the Royal Mile, past Adam Smith’s statue, the father of Economics, and listen as students are often seen reciting the poems of Robert Burns, voted the most famous Scotsmen. Wander down to Holyrood Palace and invariably, you’ll hear the sounds of bagpipes as the sun sets. The sound of these ancient pipes stir the Scot soul and in the Summer, the Military Tattoo performances are held annually in Edinburgh. Read a few travel tips for Scotland before you visit.
Buy traditional Scottish Tartan
With only 5.2 million people living in Scotland, those who travel to Scotland tell us it is a life changing experience. Scottish people are all descendants from clans, making the history of Scotland fascinating. It seems that we all know friends who have a Scottish family name derived from a real Scottish clan. Even today, the iconic Tartan kilts of Scottish clans are still worn as traditional dress by Scotsmen on ceremonious days such as weddings and birthdays. Walk down Royal Mile and buy yourself a tartan sweater, shirt or dress to take home with you. A 10 minute drive away is the harborside of Leith where the Royal Yacht Brittania is stationed and hugely popular with travelers to Edinburgh.
As you wander through the city, the Edinburgh Castle is always in sight, perched high on the hill. If you are a movie fan, you can enjoy a meal at the pub where Chariots of Fire was filmed. The Café Royal Circle Bar on West Register Street in Edinburgh has fine oak rooms and stained glass windows. You can also visit the National Wallace Monument in Stirling. Be sure to watch the Braveheart movie starring Mel Gibson before you go!
A short drive of 2-3 hours from Edinburgh, you will find the famed Scottish Highlands. Visit Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness before traveling to Inverness and quaint towns and expansive mountains of the Scottish Highlands. You can check out Fort George as well where the battle of Culloden took place. The beautiful countryside, glens and lochs separating the small towns, make driving an excellent choice when traveling to Scotland.