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Blog - Scottish culture: a guide for tourists

Posted on 10/06/2013

It is easy to get sick of hotels; it is nothing to do with the quality. If your business life is travelling on a regular basis, living out of a suitcase and moving from hotel to hotel conducting business in one city after another the last thing you will want to do is to go on holiday and do the self same thing.

The answer for your time in Edinburgh enjoying the delights of this fine city is to get an apartment with all the facilities you need and have flexibility. You will be able to check availability on line and make a reservation by lodging a small deposit.

Once there

You can stretch out and relax in the lounge after a day’s sightseeing before deciding where to go in the evening, or perhaps even stay in and cook. There are times when even that is a pleasure.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh is a fine city and one that can provide the best that Scotland has to offer. This is a city rich in history; its castle stands on high above the centre of the city. You must go and see it in more detail. Arthur’s Seat gives you an even better view of the city below, a 250m climb, but you have all the time in the world on holiday.

Edinburgh Festival is renowned but the city is a focal point for the Arts throughout the whole year. There are museums and galleries to enjoy and evening entertainment for all tastes.

City Pass

You may well decide that a City Pass is the thing to get because it not only provides free entry and special offers to over 30 of Edinburgh’s attractions it provides free transport to and from the Airport if you have flown in.

To give you an idea of the attractions where you can benefit from having a City Pass for anything up to three days, here is a selection:

  • The Royal Botanic Garden
  • The National Museum of Flight
  • John Knox House
  • The Edinburgh Dungeon
  • Auld Reekie
This is just a taster and you can buy a Pass online when you are organising your accommodation. You can do a little research at the same time to see what particularly interests you about the city.

There are two parts of Scottish culture that should not be forgotten, golf and tartan.

The East side of Scotland is full of classic links courses, and arguably the best of all, Muirfield, hosts the Open Championship in July. If you are lucky enough to be in Edinburgh when it is on, it’s merely 20 miles down the east coast. If you want to play golf, there are many options, some within the city and many a short distance away.

Edinburgh is renowned for its shopping. Have you ever thought of owning a kilt? It is not just the Scots that look extremely smart in a kilt. You can get fitted out in Princes Street, and have the kilt for special occasions when you’re back at home, delighted that you decided to learn more about Scottish culture.