The area around Edinburgh is rich in history (as you’d expect from a city that’s been the capital city of Scotland since 1437) and there are more castles in the region than most others in Scotland.
The Highlands are traditionally considered to be one half of Scotland, with the other being the Lowlands (makes sense), and both areas are divided by a boundary that follows a lengthy section of the Highland Fault.
There are a huge number of things to do in Edinburgh which offer locals and visitors alike a great time, whether it’s climbing to the top of an extinct volcano, wandering down the atmospheric medieval streets that join The Royal Mile or exploring the grandest castle in Europe, all in a compact city that’s easy to navigate and oozes culture and history from every nook and cranny.
The world-famous Edinburgh Castle doesn’t really need an introduction as pretty much every visitor to Scotland will have researched it at some point before leaving home, which is perfectly understandable as it’s Scotland’s most-hyped tourist attraction.
The Battle of Culloden in 1746 marked the end of the Jacobite uprising and the attempt by Bonnie Prince Charlie to claim the throne of Britain for the Stuart monarchy. It was also the catalyst for the creation of one of the grandest fortifications in Europe – the magnificent Fort George near Inverness.