Arrive in the capital of Scotland, a city brimming with eclectic energy. Castle Hill shapes part of the Royal Mile, a street originally constructed in the 12th century and continues to lead from the Edinburgh Castle gates to Holyrood Palace. Fabulous historic buildings line the wide and cobble street. Spires cast shadows over the sidewalk and stone facades. Arthur’s Seat rises in a park at the fringe of the city center. The 822-foot peak is draped in greenery, decorated with sporadic ruggedness peeking through the carpet of grass. The summit provides excellent panoramas of the cityscape. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you to your comfortable accommodation located in the heart of Edinburgh. After you settle in your guide arrives, ready to take you through the remarkable combination of the city’s constructed and natural beauty.
A pond at the base of Holyrood Park, below the dormant volcanic crown, houses eccentric geese. Locals sit on the benches and throw torn pieces of bread into the water. The geese wade through the water and scoop up the loose crumbs. Remnants of a medieval chapel from the 15th century decorate the walkway leading to the mountaintop. A series of cliffs dominate the skyline. Edinburgh Castle rises over the center atop Castle Rock. The bordering greenery makes the city’s stone facades more prominent and proud. The aroma of fresh dew and fertile grass drifts across Holyrood Park giving you a hint of Scotland’s natural beauty to come.