Edinburgh is one of the right destination city to visit, because aside from being the capital of the state of Scotland, Edinburgh is a classic city, which certainly has a lot of historic places. Do not forget that Edinburgh also the city where the engineer and telephone pioneer Alexander Graham Bell was born. It is located on the east coast of central lowlands of Scotland. The city has been the capital of Scotland since 1437 and is the Scottish Executive. The city is the center of the Age of Enlightenment, led by the University of Edinburgh. Old and new Edinburgh city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, Edinburgh is known for the annual Edinburgh Festival, the largest performing arts festival in the world, and also the Hogmanay street party. Edinburgh is rich in associations with the past and has many historic buildings, including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate, and an extensive Georgian New Town built in the 18th century (read on popular tourist attractions in Edinburgh post) . The city has long been known abroad as a centre of education, particularly in the fields of medicine, Scots law, the sciences and engineering.
The city is also famous for the Edinburgh International Festival, which, since its inception in 1947, has grown – largely as a result of the “Fringe” and other associated events – into the biggest annual international arts festival in the world. In 2004 Edinburgh became the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, an accolade awarded in recognition of its literary heritage and lively literary activities in the present. The city’s historical and cultural attractions, together with an annual calendar of events aimed primarily at the tourist market, have made it the second most popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom after London.
Best time to visit Edinburgh
Like most of Scotland, Edinburgh has a temperate, maritime climate which is relatively mild despite its northerly latitude. Winter daytime temperatures rarely fall below freezing and are milder than places such as Moscow, and Newfoundland which lie at similar latitudes. Summer temperatures are normally moderate, rarely exceeding 22 °C (72 °F). The proximity of the city to the sea mitigates any large variations in temperature or extremes of climate. Given Edinburgh’s position between the coast and hills, it is renowned as “the windy city”, with the prevailing wind direction coming from the south west, which is frequently associated with warm, unstable air from the North Atlantic Current that can give rise to rainfall – although considerably less than cities to the west, such as Glasgow. Rainfall is distributed fairly evenly throughout the year. Winds from an easterly direction are usually drier but considerably colder, and may be accompanied by haar, a persistent coastal fog. Vigorous Atlantic depressions, known as European windstorms, can affect the city between October and May.
If you want to attend popular Edinburgh International Festival, it’s run between the end of July and early September each year. The best known of these events are the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The longest established of these festivals is the Edinburgh International Festival, which was first held in 1947 and consists mainly of a programme of high-profile theatre productions and classical music performances, featuring international directors, conductors, theatre companies and orchestras. Another Edinburgh festival events can be found below taken from US News travel.
50 things to do on Edinburgh