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Scottish History in the Old Town of Edinburgh   by Isla Campbell

Edinburgh has the grace of being one of those cities wherein its ancient history is still predominant in the city today. From its cultural traditions to the structure of the very city itself, Edinburgh's past is still very much a part of its present - and, undoubtedly, its future too.

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, ScotlandAs the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is one of the most visited cities in the country, and with good reason. Not only is it the hub of all things cultural and entertainment, but Edinburgh also happens to be the best city for getting a taste of Scotland's mesmerising history. 

If you're hoping to get more involved in your exploration of Edinburgh's past, there's no better place to start than in the city's Old Town.

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Comprised of winding alleys, claustrophobic closes, underground vaults and the famous Royal Mile, Edinburgh's Old Town will show you how a thriving and modern culture has been built on top of a fascinating old existence. A simple stroll up the Royal Mile can take you to any number of Edinburgh closes - tight, narrow streets that used to lead down to jammed residential areas that consisted of some of the world's first ever high rises. As Edinburgh used to largely consist of the mile that reached down from Edinburgh Castle, there wasn't much space for people to live, so they stacked them on top of one another in a claustrophobic, frequently filthy way of life that led to terrible consequences when the Black Plague rolled around many centuries ago.... read more
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Apex City Hotel Edinburgh
The modern Apex City Hotel Edinburgh is located on the Grassmarket in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland. The hotel offers clear views of nearby Edinburgh Castle and is close to the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, the Parliament buildings and the shops on Princes Street. Edinburgh Waverley train station is less than a mile away, while Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is seven miles from the hotel. The ultra-modern interior of the Apex City Hotel Edinburgh, which opened in 2002, leads off the medieval cobbled streets of the Grassmarket. Leather and steel armchairs are dotted around the lobby, which offers views of the castle through large windows.  The long Agua Bar and Restaurant serves Scottish specialities such as mille feuille of Highland game casserole; the restaurant's crustacea bar offers fresh seafood. Charcoal-coloured banquettes line the walls, with broad dining chairs on the other side of the tables. For breakfast, guests can choose from a continental buffet or cooked Scottish breakfast.
Barceló Edinburgh Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh
The Barceló Edinburgh Carlton hotel is located in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. The Palace of Holyroodhouse and Princes Street shopping thoroughfare are 800 metres away and the Dean Gallery is 2 miles away. Set on the historic Royal Mile, the Barceló Edinburgh Carlton occupies a traditional town-house property and is spread over ten storeys accessible by lift. At the Bodysense Health and Leisure Club, there is a fitness room and squash courts, an indoor pool, sauna, jetted tub, and Turkish bath. Guests of the hotel can enjoy international dishes in the relaxed, modern Bridge Restaurant. Drinks are served in the bar.  Perched atop a volcanic crag, Edinburgh Castle, located 1 mile from the hotel, dominates the city skyline and houses the Scottish Crown Jewels. Castle traditions include the firing of the daily one o'clock gun and the world-famous Military Tattoo, a display of pipes and drums, which takes place throughout August..
Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh
Set in a historic grey-stone building, the Grassmarket Hotel in central Edinburgh, Scotland, is 200 metres from the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and the Museum of Scotland. The four-floor hotel is within 800 metres of Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament. Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is six miles away. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can give tips on sightseeing in Edinburgh. The Grassmarket Hotel's 45 bright, modern guestrooms are decorated in neutral tones with light wood furnishings. Rooms include televisions, direct-dial phones and tea/coffee making facilities. Bathrooms have hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. 
Holyrood Aparthotel Edinburgh
The modern Holyrood Aparthotel in Edinburgh, Scotland, is located alongside the Royal Mile, 500 metres from Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament. The property offers a 24-hour front desk, where staff can book restaurants and theatre tickets. A library provides films for guests to borrow. A fitness room is also on site. Apartments include kitchens with refrigerators, microwave ovens, and coffee/tea-making facilities, as well as dining areas, sitting areas, sofa beds, and two bathrooms. All provide wireless Internet access (fees apply), CD players, and satellite television. Bathrooms are decorated with blue tiles and include hair dryers. 
Jurys Inn Edinburgh
The Jurys Inn is a first class hotel located adjacent to the historic Royal Mile and Princes Street and within walking distance of Edinburgh Castle. The hotel is a 20 minute drive from Edinburgh International Airport and convenient to all of the surrounding area and local attractions. With its central location the hotel is ideally suited for either the business traveler or the leisure guest and is sure to meet all of your expectations. The hotel features "Arches Restaurant", which is open for breakfast and dinner featuring meals at an attractive price, and "The Inn Pub", which is perfect for a quick lunch or a drink with friends. Edinburgh offers the best of both a modern city and a medieval town, and the Jurys Inn will allow you to enjoy all aspects of your stay. The Jurys Inn offers on site dining and is convenient to many area shopping and entertainment venues.
King James by Thistle Hotel, Edinburgh
The King James by Thistle hotel is a city-centre hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland, just off Princes Street, the city's main shopping street. The hotel is 300 metres from the National Gallery of Scotland and within a mile of Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is seven miles from the hotel and Edinburgh Waverley train station is 250 metres away. The lobby in the modern King James by Thistle is decorated with light wood. The concierge desk can book tickets and offer guests advice on Edinburgh's attractions. Guests can choose from a wide range of international and regional dishes at Craig's Restaurant, which has wood-panelled walls and crisp white table linen. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Boston Bean Bar serves beers, wines and spirits until late, and has a light lunch menu. Snacks are available from room service. The King James by Thistle is close to Calton Hill, which offers panoramic views of Edinburgh that are regularly used in photographs and paintings of the city. 
Macdonald Roxburghe Hotel Edinburgh
The Roxburghe Hotel is one of Edinburgh's most famous hotels, situated in historic Charlotte Square, one of Europe's finest examples of Georgian architecture. Inside the hotel are well-appointed guest rooms, beautiful public rooms and a modern leisure club that includes a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym and beauty treatment rooms. The Roxburghe Hotel enjoys a splendid location, just 200 yards from Princes Street and half a mile from Edinburgh Castle.  24-hour room service is available. For their guests dining pleasure, the hotel's Melrose Restaurant prepares award winning fine cuisine, whereas the Melrose Lounge and Atrium provides light meals throughout the day. Finally, the hotel's own Consort Bar has one of the city's finest selections of whiskey. The Roxburghe Hotel is convenient to fine dining, shopping and entertainment venues. 
Marriott Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Marriott is a modern hotel situated in the business district of Edinburgh, two miles from the airport and 4.5 miles from the city centre. After breakfast, guests can head to the hotel's heated indoor pool or relax in the spa tub, sauna or steam room. Those feeling more energetic can work out in the gym which has a range of cardiovascular machines and a free weights area. Guests can enjoy dining in the Source Bar & Grill or chill out in the café bar over a light snack and a coffee. Complimentary newspapers are available in the lobby and business guests enjoy access to a business centre with high-speed Internet access, 10 meeting rooms and express check in/out services. Nearby attractions include the zoo, 1.5 miles away and the city centre 4.5 miles away offers a plethora of restaurants, shops, bars and cultural attractions for visitors to enjoy. Edinburgh Airport is two miles away with an approximate driving time of five minutes. 
Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh
The Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa in Edinburgh nestles in the shadow of the city's historic castle and just a short walk from the exclusive shopping on Princes Street. The hotel is situated in the heart of Edinburgh, one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities. The hotel hosts a collection of outstanding restaurants and is home to one of Europe's most advanced city spas. An elevated glass walkway carries guests from the hotel into the serene setting of One. Inside this renowned spa, guests will find healing spa waters, heat and steam experiences, and a state-of-the-art fitness studio. Hotel guests have complimentary use of the swimming pool, Cleopatra baths and gymnasium. The Sheraton is a well-known dining destination. The Terrace, with views of the Piazza of Festival Square, is a good location for breakfast or an informal meal. At the One Spa, Ristorante Santini offers authentic Italian cuisine served in a stylish, modern setting. 
The Glasshouse Edinburgh
The Glasshouse Edinburgh is located in Edinburgh, Scotland. Less than 10 blocks from the hotel are landmarks including The Edinburgh Playhouse Theater, St. James shopping center, National Gallery of Scotland, Princes Street Gardens and St. Giles Cathedral. Edinburgh Castle is less than one kilometer away. The hotel is approximately 12 kilometers from Edinburgh Airport. The glass architecture incorporates the facade of the 150-year-old Lady Glenorchy Church into the Glasshouse Edinburgh. A two-acre rooftop garden is landscaped with lawn, shrubs, a patio and paths offers view of Calton Hill. The roof garden is open all day and often hosts sculpture exhibitions. The Snug, is a self-service bar. The Restaurant Szenario serves buffet breakfasts and lunches. In the summer, seating is available on the summer terrace. 
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