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.
The stage version of Bing Crosby's classic 1954 movie White Christmas is on at the Festival Theatre all month. Starring Graham Cole, Steven Houghton and Wendi Peters, this is a full-on, old-fashioned, all-singing, all tap-dancing Broadway musical (13-29 Nicolson Street, EH8 9FT, +131 529 6000, edtheatres.com/whitechristmas).
As Scotland prepares to vote on independence in the autumn, the Royal Lyceum Theatre explores the issues with the world premiere of Tim Barrow's Union, telling the story of the original Union of Scotland and England in 1707. From 20 March (30B Grindlay Street, EH3 9AX, lyceum.org.uk).
The village of Cramond, once a Roman settlement, is found at the end of the No.41 bus route, where the River Almond enters the Firth of Forth. It is safe to cross the causeway to Cramond Island for two hours either side of low water, otherwise walk along the firth or up the river.
Seven miles south of Edinburgh, but a million miles from it's classical architecture, Rosslyn Chapel is home to the mystical Masonic symbols and ornate carvings of pagan "Green Men" that inspired Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Take the No.15 bus to Roslin village.