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.
Notorious for his sense of the macabre, DC Jackson's dark gangster comedy "Kill Johnny Glendenning" is the unlikely choice at the Royal Lyceum this month, running 17 September - 11 October (Grindlay Street, EH3 9AX, lyceum.org.uk).
Scottish Ballet recreates founder Peter Darrell's version of The Nutcracker, danced to Tchaikovsky's original score, with designer Lez Brotherston adding sumptuous layers of plush Victoriana to the original 1973 production (13 December - 3 January, Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson Street, EH8 9FT, edtheatres.com/sbnutcracker).
For an added zing of style at that Christmas party, Armstrongs vintage Old Town clothing emporium has more classy frocks and groovy outfits than you can shake a cravat at (81-83 The Grassmarket, EH1 2HJ, armstrongsvintage.co.uk).
The Pentland Hills, south past the city bypass, are good for a day's gentle walking. It might feel remote, but you can get there by bus and back to the city before dark. Lothian buses No.10, to Torphin, and No.15, to Hillend, are good starts.
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