Welcome to Edinburgh with a population of c450,000 people, and its role has the Capital of Scotland, its no wonder why so many tourists flock to Edinburgh every year.
The main shopping street is Princes Street, where you'll find all the main department stores such as Debenhams, Frasers, BHS, Marks & Spencers. Two independent department stores are Jenners, also on Princes Street, and Aitken & Niven on George St. George Street is the place to come for fashion as it's lined with chic clothes chops. Good places to look for second-hand and antique art, jewellery and books are around the New Town (St Stephen St, Northwest Circus Pl, Thistle St), Broughton St, Victoria St and the Grassmarket.
The club scene is lively, with some excellent venues hosting a changing selection of one-nighters. In the bigger venues, you may find different clubs taking place on each floor. Most of the city-centre clubs stay open until around 3am. You can normally hear live jazz, folk and rock every evening in one or other of the city's pubs. The city has permanent venues large enough to host large touring orchestras and ballet companies; elsewhere you can also uncover a lively comedy club and a couple of excellent art-house cinemas.
The Royal Mile is Scotland’s most fascinating street
The Royal Mile is Scotland’s most fascinating street; it runs from Edinburgh Castle, through the Old Town, to Holyrood Palace and is lined with museums, churches and historic buildings dating from the 15th century. Holyrood is the Monarch’s official residence in Scotland. It was founded in 1128 when David I founded an abbey on the site and is still used today by the Queen whenever she is in town. Guided tours are available and lead visitors through the grand State Apartments, the Throne Room, and the Great Gallery, culminating in the apartments of Mary Queen of Scots and her husband Lord Darnley, their bed-chambers linked by a secret staircase. A plaque on the floor marks the spot where Mary's Italian secretary David Rizzio was murdered in 1566. Next to the palace lie the Gothic ruins of the Abbey, whose Royal Vault contains the remains of kings David II, James II, James V, and Lord Darnley, who was himself murdered by Mary's lover. The adjacent Holyrood Park was historically a Royal hunting ground, but is now a wilderness where locals can escape to for walking and taking in the spectacular scenery.
Edinburgh proves a worthy advisory for Glasgow
Famous principally for its historically significance and yearly comedy festival, Edinburgh is starting to rival the likes of London and Birmingham for variety and quantity of eateries. Edinburgh proves a worthy advisory for Glasgow when it comes to a great Indian meal, even though Glasgow was named curry capital of the UK. The Indian Cavalry Club embraces the colonial splendour of the Raj in all aspects from décor to menu.
Balli's excels in offering great variation in all courses and a great diversity in naans and chapattis and Kalpna should satisfy all vegetarian curry fans.