Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, draped across a series of rocky hills overlooking the sea. It’s a town intimately entwined with its landscape, with buildings and monuments perched atop crags and overshadowed by cliffs. In the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, Edinburgh is “A dream in masonry and living rock”.
From the old town’s picturesque jumble of medieval tenements piled high along the Royal Mile, the turreted skyline strung between the black, bull-nosed Castle Rock and the russet palisade of Salisbury Crags, to the New Town’s neat grid of neoclassical respectability, all columns and capitals, porticoes and pediments, the city offers a constantly changing perspective. Edinburgh is even small enough to explore easily on foot.
View from my room at Tune Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket | ©Karen Bryan/Flickr
One of our favorite hotels in Edinburgh is the Tune Hotel Haymarket Edinburgh, which is centrally located and directly across the road from the entrance to Haymarket Rail Station. The hotel is a mere 15 minutes’ walk to Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street, the main shopping street in the city. Other attractions include Edinburgh International Conference Centre (only 7 minutes’ walk away), Murrayfield Stadium and Edinburgh Zoo (a short 8 minutes’ drive away).