Cheap flights to Edinburgh
Looking more like a film set than a city, Edinburgh is a picture postcard of Gothic and medieval streets that will impress even the most experienced traveller. Nicknamed the Athens of the North, Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful and atmospheric cities in Europe. It is certainly one of the most visited, seeing over a million tourists trampling its streets each year. They come for its snaking, medieval streets, Georgian architecture, popular festivals and the majestic Edinburgh Castle that has overlooked the city for centuries.
As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is full of things to see and do, from its scary age-old dungeons and submerged and forgotten medieval streets to art-filled galleries and royal palaces.
There's a strong German element to this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival on 18-29 June in cinemas around the city. The blockbusters are hosted in the Festival Theatre, but check Neu! Reekie!'s fringe event at Summerhall. edfilmfest.org.uk
Sitting Ducks, the first exhibition dedicated to "Renaissance Man" John Byrne, gathers a varied selection of the artist's drawings, paintings and multimedia works from across his career in the Portrait Gallery. nationalgalleries.org
The Kelpies, 30m-high monuments to Scotland's horse-powered heritage, tower over the Forth and Clyde Canal, a 40-minute drive west of Edinburgh along the M9. Visible from the motorway, they form the centrepiece of the surrounding Helix parklands. thehelix.co.uk