Edinburgh as the capital of Scotland is one of the world's premier tourist destinations. It is located in the southeast of the country and has a population of around half a million inhabitants. Much of the city has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Each August the city holds the Edinburgh Festival which attracts around 500,000 visitors. Edinburgh is dominated by its stunning castle which is also one of its main tourist attractions. The main shopping area is located around Princes Street in the centre of town which is also a hub of activity during the world famous Hogmanay New Year's Eve celebrations. The cultural attractions of Edinburgh are numerous and the city is home to a world-class university and is renowned as a centre of learning. Edinburgh is home to two major football teams, Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian, known locally as Hibs and Hearts and the Edinburgh derby is one of the fiercest rivalries in football.
Hotels in Edinburgh range from welcoming B&Bs to four and five star luxury hotels. The Scottish Tourist Board accredits the quality of accommodation using a five star system. If you are planning a visit during the four week period of the annual festival then you will need to book well in advance as every hotel room in the city will eventually be booked up.
Edinburgh is served by its own international airport and is located on the East Coast Mainline railway line. It is also easily accessible by road and now has six park and ride schemes located throughout the city's surrounds. Taxi cabs are a very common site within the city itself and there are also comprehensive bus and tram systems.