Scotland’s capital welcomes the world all year round – and it’s easy to see why.
With stunning natural beauty, world class Georgian architecture, and an Old Town boasting history and intrigue at every turn, not to mention its legendary International Festival and Fringe, the ‘Athens of the North’ is a city for all the senses.
Edinburgh Waverley is a principal stop on the East Coast Mainline from London King’s Cross via York and Newcastle and on Cross Country services from the south of England. It’s also served by a nightly Caledonian Sleeper service to and from London Euston. You can connect in Edinburgh to local and regional ScotRail services to destinations across Scotland including Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.
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From the Royal Botanic Gardens in the north to the huge artificial ski slope in the south – and a treasure trove of history, art and architecture in the centre – there’s no end of high points in Scotland’s capital. No visit would be complete without a trip to the castle, a walk down the Royal Mile and a tour of Holyrood House, the Queen’s official residence in the city.
Edinburgh’s two central mainline stations, Waverley and Haymarket are the first places to start – and its old railway hotels, the Balmoral and the Caledonian (at either ends of Princes Street) make fine places to stop for afternoon tea. The real rail enthusiast’s treat lies just a few miles out of Edinburgh at South Queensferry, site of that magnificent railway engineering wonder, the Forth Bridge.
Edinburgh Haymarket Station - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/hym/details.html
Edinburgh Waverley Station - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/edb.html
Forth Bridges Visitor Centre - http://www.forthbridges.org.uk/index.htm
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