Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the second most visited city in the United Kingdom. It’s old and new town are both listed World Heritage sites by UNESCO and the city was also designated as UNESCO's first city of literature. With a castle watching over the city, built on an extinct volcano, it is easy to see why the city is a favorite for tourists. It is home to many Gothic and Georgian buildings that stand seemingly easy next to modern and cosmopolitan buildings, In the Old Town, you can find cobbled streets and hidden pubs serving local ale and food.
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General information on Edinburgh
Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland since 1437 and is the location of the new Scottish government since 1997. The city is the birthplace of many famous people including the likes of Alexander Bell, the inventor of the telephone and sir Arthur Doyle, the writer of the Sherlock Holmes series. It is also said the J.K.Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in a cafe in Edinburgh. The city is home to two soccer teams, Heart of Midlothian, the Hearts, founded in 1874 and Hibernian founded in 1875. They both play in the Scottish Premiership, the top Scottish league. Edinburgh is served by its own port, located in the Leith borough, it is home to the royal yacht Britannia. During the time leading up to Christmas, Edinburgh plays host to the many events and concerts ending with the New Year celebration of Hogmanay, the biggest new year celebration where over a 100,000 people line the streets to bring in the new year.
Whiskey is one of the most famous exports from Scotland and Edinburgh being the capital, a trip to the Scotch whiskey experience is recommended. The center offers an interactive tour taking you through the history of whiskey distillery in Scotland. The center offers over 300 different scotch whiskeys. As well as whiskey, Scotland as some fantastic ale for you to try, some of the best in the UK, with a trip through the Old Town, you will see many pubs that will offer a selection of ales and whiskeys.
As well sampling the national drink, you should try some of Scotland’s cuisine, haggis. This is the national dish of Scotland, consisting off a sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced with onions and served with mash and turnips. Less traditional cuisine can come in the form off deep fried eat sorts, such as deep fried mars bars, deep fried burgers, which are well worth a try.
With your rental car Edinburgh from HAPPYCAR you can explore much of Scotland, Scotland’s second largest city Glasgow, less than an hour’s drive away. Glasgow is also a European city of culture and a UNESCO City of Music. Glasgow has been selected to host the Commonwealth games in 2014.
Use your hire vehicle Edinburgh to drive to the east Lothian area, visit the town of Dunbar famous for receiving more sunshine than any other town in the United Kingdom. Located just over ten miles from Edinburgh is the town of Linlithgow, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Linlithgow Palace the birthplace of Queen Mary is open to visitors. The oldest town in Scotland, Musselburgh, is located in the east Lothian area, only six miles away from Edinburgh. As well as being the oldest town in Scotland, it also boasts an impressive mansion. Further down into England, a rental car Edinburgh is within easy reach of York and Newcastle. With HAPPYCAR, finding your perfect car hire at the best price is easy and simple to use.