Plan a trip to the historic city of Edinburgh for your next weekend break

If you are feeling the need for a little time away this year there are some fantastic deals available in January. Following the festive season many of us will be strapped for cash so why not take a long weekend city break?

Edinburgh makes a great holiday destination and is popular with tourists for a number of reasons. The city is crammed with history and this is reflected in the impressive architecture and unusual layout that has formed during development. With winding cobbled streets, narrow alleys and even hidden underground buildings there is a lot to explore.

Alongside a dark and fascinating history Edinburgh has become a well-known hotspot for ghost stories and reported paranormal activity. Even if you are not entirely convinced by the science of this the ghost tours make a spooky and entertaining activity for all the family and give you an opportunity to see some of the secret underground streets that otherwise remain closed to the public.

The region in and around Edinburgh city boasts numerous impressive castles. You will not be able to miss the famous and iconic Edinburgh Castle perched on a high volcanic outcrop in the centre of the city, at the top of the Royal Mile. Since 1861 the One O’clock gun has been fired almost daily so listen out! Just a few miles out of the city you will find the medieval Craigmillar Castle built in the 1400s. Lauriston Castle, north west of the city, was built in 1590 and has over 30 acres of garden overlooking the Firth of Forth.

Nearby along the Firth of Forth you will find Blackness Castle built in the 15th Century to house prisoners and protect the city from invasion. A little further afield is Tantallon Castle situated on the sea cliffs of East Lothian. To the south in the River Tyne valley is Chrichton Castle and to the East you will find Direlton Castle. With such an abundance of castles to explore you will no doubt be planning a second or third visit to this beautiful city.

In addition to its history Edinburgh offers a wide range of restaurants, bars and pubs that caters to everyone’s tastes and requirements. Why not sample the Scottish haggis or try some of the hundreds of Scottish whisky’s that are distilled in the region?

When choosing a place to stay you will also find a vast array of hotels and bed and breakfasts in and around the city. These range in price, size and style but you are bound to find a great deal at this quiet time of year.

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