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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Edinburgh, Scotland: A Holiday fit for Royalty - Guest Post

I'm slightly embarassed to admit that I haven't yet travelled to Scotland.  With the spotlight on Scotland as they hosted the Commonwealth Games and the annual Edinburgh Festival, it has renewed my dream to travel there.  If you are planning a break in Scotland then I hope this Guest Post will give you some ideas of where to visit:

Royal Edinburgh

If you want to get to the heart of a city’s history, visit its castles, palaces and other royal landmarks. In the UK, when we think of our royal heritage the first thing that comes to mind is the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London, but if you’re a history fan, it’s worth exploring Edinburgh’s rich royal heritage to find out more about the long, fascinating story of Scotland’s past. To get a night’s sleep fit for a queen without having to pay a king’s ransom, click here for great deals on clean, comfortable, centrally located rooms.

Edinburgh Castle

Everywhere you go in central Edinburgh, the castle looms large above you as the star attraction of the magnificent skyline. And just in case you do manage to forget it’s there, you’ll be reminded of its dominance at 1pm every day when the One o’clock Gun goes off (don’t worry, it makes the locals jump too!). It’s possible to walk right through the gates and admire it from the outside but it really is worthwhile paying to go inside and learning about Scotland’s rich and bloody royal past in the setting where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI. There’s some serious bling on show too – the Scottish Crown Jewels are displayed in Edinburgh Castle

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Known as Holyrood Palace, this magnificent building, set in beautiful parkland, is located at the bottom of the Royal Mile so if you leave from the castle and keep going downhill, you’ll eventually get to it. Still the Queen’s official residence in Scotland (though she tends to prefer Balmoral a bit further north), this historic building’s most recent royal engagement was as the venue of the wedding of the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Philips to Mike Tindall in 2011. Part of the Royal Collection Trust, it’s currently home to a great exhibition called The Commonwealth: Gifts to the Queen, a celebration of our Commonwealth heritage in the year Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games. 

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Gone are the days when the Queen had a royal residence she could set sail on to escape the prying eyes of the world, but her loss is everyone else’s gain as we now get the chance to see what life was like both above deck as a royal and below deck as crew on this award-winning tourist attraction. Unlike the floating palaces of modern billionaires, the Royal Yacht Britannia has a curiously homely feel and you really get a feeling for how the royals lived on it with their chintzy sofas and really quite cramped bedrooms! If your visit to Edinburgh coincides with a special occasion why not treat yourself to afternoon tea in the Royal Deck Tea Room?

It’s not just its royal heritage that will have you feeling like a queen on your visit to Edinburgh – its fantastic shops, restaurants, bars and scenery will mean you’ll have an unforgettable break that’ll have you coming back for more.

 *This is a guest post that I was compensated for publishing* 

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