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Old Town, Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, The Scott Monument, Arthur’s Seat, whisky (galore), tartan, Harry Potter. Tourism in Edinburgh is funnelled in certain directions, which is understandable, because there are very Scottish, very Edinburgh sights that need seeing.

What to do for Mother's Day? Mums are unsung heroes. Its's difficult to think of a way to thank them for all the time, love and nappies they've invested in you over the years. A bunch of supermarket flowers doesn't really cut it. 

Move over Venice. Push off Paris. Edinburgh is a much friendlier capital of romance to explore this Valentine’s Day. Or any day of the year, for that matter. Packed with romantic places to visit and some highly recommended activities for couples, there are few places on earth we would rather be when it comes to a romantic frisson. Here are some suitably heart-stirring activities and days out for lovers of all tastes in Edinburgh.

Prestonfield’s grounds, now home to highland cows and peacocks, were once known as the “Priestfield Estate”. In medieval times it was the setting for a wealthy Cistercian monastery, founded in 1150 by Henry, Earl of Huntingdon.

Rough Guides have voted Edinburgh in the top 10 most beautiful cities in the world. If you’ve visited, you’ll understand how true this is. Here are some wonderful events to pique your interest in autumn.

For those who don’t enjoy the usual tourist attractions, one of the best reasons to visit Edinburgh is its charming waywardness and eccentricity. This is a city of secrets, after all. A place of dazzling architecture and dark underground passages, high art and bloody murder. Here are just a few experiences to charm, intrigue and entertain you on your next Edinburgh visit.

Call us biased, but we think Edinburgh is an incredibly cultured, historical and creative city - a wonderful place to visit all year round. However, it is true to say that, with so much activity and talent swarming to Edinburgh during August, this is when the city really comes alive.