You land this morning in Edinburgh, Scotland’s captivating and cosmopolitan capital that was named the most desirable city to live in in the entire United Kingdom in 2009. A private driver will meet you at the airport, ready to take you right to the door of your charming, elegant, and perfectly located hotel, where you can drop off your luggage and recover from jet lag before setting out on a truly unique tour of the city: gracefully soaring over Edinburgh in a private helicopter ride. You’ll get unparalleled and unforgettable views of this fascinating city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for nearly 20 years, from imposing Edinburgh Castle perched protectively over the surrounding city to the Georgian townhouses of the New City.
Lunch follows your chopper ride at the independent-minded and bourgeoning port area of Leith, one of the best foodie destinations in the United Kingdom. There are two Michelin-starred restaurants in Leith, and the dining establishments and take-away spots that line Bernard Street, Commercial Street and Henderson Street are as delicious as they are innumerable. After lunch, return to the Old Town and climb the gentle rise of Calton Hill, where you can get still more spectacular views of the city below, the gorgeous hillsides, and beyond to the endless expanse of the Firth of Forth. There are also a number of fascinating memorials here, from the unfinished columns of the National Monument to the elegant Victorian rotunda of the Robert Burns Memorial.
Dinner tonight is at The Witchery, nestled charmingly in the shadow of Edinburgh castle and offering fantastic fare, exceptional service, and one of the best wine lists in the country.