Things to do in Edinburgh
While Edinburgh has a number of sights to see much of the appeal of the city is simply soaking up the atmosphere of the Old Town, with its shadowy alleyways that make it possible to imagine what life was like in medieval Scotland, and the New Town, with its orderly Georgian elegance. Travelers in search of Scottish goods—tartan scarves, ties, and, of course, kilts and skirts; wool sweaters; smoked salmon—will find the country's best selection here. Princes Street and George Street will satisfy most shoppers. Don't forget to leave time to soak up the atmosphere at a local pub in the evening. Some sights not to be missed:
National Museum of Scotland. Eclectic exhibitions range from woolly mammoths to the lives of Scottish Enlightenment figures.
Scottish Parliament. One-hour tours are free but should be booked in advance.
Princes' Street. Come here for shopping and the views of Edinburgh Castle.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery. 30,000 works include Scottish icons like Mary, Queen of Scots and Robert Burns, as well as 6,000 photographs of contemporary figures.
Calton Hill. Climb to its peak to take in the 19th-century monuments and city views.
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