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Edinburgh

Escape with Virgin Trains... to Edinburgh

Bonnie Edinburgh has to be seen to be believed. Steeped in history, you’ll be wowed by its dramatic landscapes the minute you step off the train. And with train travel, accommodation and attractions all part of the package, we’ve got your perfect short break covered.

Surrounded by hills, Scotland’s capital city offers spectacular vantage points, none better than from the imposing Edinburgh Castle that looms large over the skyline from its Castle Rock perch.

If you prefer a peek at a palace where the current Queen resides, pop into Holyroodhouse down the road, it’s Lizzie’s official residence in Scotland. Or climb aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia – where our royal family relaxed and Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill were guests.

Talking of accommodation, we have Edinburgh hotel deals to suit every pocket – from family friendly to five-star luxury, there’s a range of city centre hotels to choose from.

Take it easy at one of Edinburgh’s tea rooms or take inspiration from its coffee house culture. JK Rowling did, writing her first Harry Potter novel in two of the city’s cafes.

Or, let others do the storytelling. Laughs and screams are guaranteed at the Dungeons, where actors and special effects guide you through the darker tales from Scottish history. Go on, we dare you…

Top of the list for any shopping trip should be The Royal Mile, Princes Street and Grassmarket. You’ll find fascinating local shops wandering the cobbled streets – not to mention some of the world’s finest whisky sellers.

If you’re more interested in some proper Scottish scran, you’ll find Edinburgh has more than its fair share of top-class eateries. There are Michelin-star restaurants, cosy pubs, health-food stalls and plenty of places to give haggis, neeps and tatties a go.

While we’re talking about the experimental, don’t miss out on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The world’s largest arts festival is famous for groundbreaking comedy acts and live theatre. Whatever your taste, booking a break in Edinburgh is a no brainer.

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