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Closer to the Culture - Edinburgh
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A delectable collage of old and new

Scotland’s capital provides the consummate visitors’ experience, from its towering castle and historical curiosities, to year-round international arts festivals and dazzling architecture. With your private AutoVenture guide, you won’t miss any of Edinburgh’s highlights and the enthralling stories behind them. You’ll start with a visit to the Holyrood Palace, the Scottish royal residence since 1678, which is still used yearly by the British Monarch. Its rooms showcase the style of the Stewart Monarchs both as Scottish and later English royals, including the apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots.  

Continuing through old town Edinburgh is the Royal Mile. It leads to Edinburgh Castle, which is perched atop the cliffs of Castle Rock in the center of town. Here you’ll view the crown jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny, an ancient symbol of Scottish monarchy, which has seen the coronation of its kings for hundreds of years.

Your visit includes a walk into new town, which features shopping, legendary bars and nightlife. It's a city famous for its world-renowned artists, from authors J.K. Rowling and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to actors Sir Sean Connery and Ian Richardson, and singer Shirley Manson. With AutoVenture, you’ll experience the best of Edinburgh and still have time to relax with a fine whiskey, a hearty helping of fresh produce and, if you’re plucky enough, a haggis pasty.

For those unfamiliar with Edinburgh, Scotland, an AutoVenture guided tour is the surest way of getting closest to the culture, and of capturing an unforgettable land.


J.K. Rowling first began writing about Harry Potter in Edinburgh's cafes.  Here she drew inspiration for the books' characters and locations.


Edinburgh's nickname is "Auld Reekie" (Old Smoky). The city's air was once filled with smoke from coal and wood burning as a heat source.

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