A Scottish Fling in Edinburgh

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It is unlikely that, when planning a holiday or even a city break, the nation of Scotland springs to mind. There is an unfortunate association with Scotland and bad weather, and while Scotland does get the worst of the UK weather systems it is nevertheless a charming place to visit. During the summer months in particular, the weather can be just as pleasant as in the south of the union.

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is not known as a destination for a city break – but it should be. The things that attract people to city breaks in cities such as Rome, Amsterdam and London are all available at Edinburgh.

There is a thriving night life, in terms of both a night club scene and a restaurant and bar scene. Edinburgh is well priced for a night out, compared to some of the more traditional city break destinations. There is plenty to see and do around the city, as well; Edinburgh Zoo is world famous for its animals and reptile enclosures, and it is a fun day out for any family or even a couple interested in seeing some of the world’s most exclusive animals.

Edinburgh is also home to a great many historical sites. Above the city on a hill sits Edinburgh Castle, a Scottish stronghold for centuries and a place rich and full of history. The Castle has been preserved and makes for an interesting and fun day out, where it is possible to both learn and absorb the history and indulge in playful games if you have children with you.

The city is also near to some of the most stunning golf courses in the world, making it ideal for an extended leisure break that can incorporate a quick round on the greens.

As Edinburgh is a capital city, it is fairly expensive to stay in, but no more so than any of the other European capitals. The main airport, Edinburgh International, deals with flights from both within the UK and international destinations. Edinburgh is an accessible and interesting place to visit, and deserves a place on the city break map.