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The focus may be on Glasgow this year - with the Commonwealth Games just weeks away - but it would be foolish indeed to overlook the charms of Edinburgh, capital city and pure delight. Edinburgh is without doubt a city that is best explored on foot, with hidden treasure round every cobbled corner - so pack some sturdy shoes and set out to find out exactly what this jewel in Scotland’s crown has to offer.

It goes without saying that you must visit the castle - and you’ll find plenty to catch your interest as you make your way there, not least the famous Princes Street. Built up on one side only, this street offers amazing views of the castle one way and in the other direction a vista over the beautiful Princes Street Gardens. You will find masses of stores for a spot of either window or actual shopping, but don’t over load yourself - it’s a steep hike up to the castle!

Another famous landmark is the Royal Mile - less impressive from a shopping point of view, but still the location of the impressive St Giles Cathedral. You are likely to see some street performers in this area too, even out of festivals season.

The three must see sights within the castle grounds are the diminutive but stunning St, Margaret’s cathedral, the Great Hall, with its stunning roof (that dates from the 16th century) and the atmospheric Scottish National War Memorial.

Stroll down the George IV bridge for a few minutes, and you will come across the National Museum of Scotland which is packed full of interesting exhibits and treasures. Another must see that is so associated with the city is of course Greyfriar’s Bobby. This is the statue of the loyal Skye terrier who refused to leave his masters grave for fourteen years, and is located a stone’s throw from the Greyfriar’s churchyard.

Leaving the Medieval Old Town, head for the Georgina New Town via Princes Street. The New Town was laid out after consulting enlightenment principles, and is therefore easy to get around without getting lost. It has a classic Georgian elegance, and is a lovely part of the city to while away a couple of hours.

For a fine waterside stroll, head to the Waters of Leith, and walk up to the Royal Botanic Gardens to admire the glorious Palm Houses. If you continue to walk up the water you will soon reach the National Gallery of Modern Art, taking in some fabulous Anthony Gormley statues on the way.

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