By Keri Griffiths
Edinburgh
United Kingdom
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Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid once described Edinburgh as “a mad god’s dream” but not even the cra-ziest of gods could have created one of Europe's most inspiring, friendliest and tantalizing cities. Lying across a series of rocky hills and over looking the sea, Edinburgh has had to endure the shenanigans of the royal family for centuries and it has been the back drop for some of the bloodiest, most enthralling, tales in Great Britain’s history.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to visit Edinburgh, United Kingdom. You can frequent Edinburgh Airport (EDI) to fly into the city. Vacationers can book their tickets with EscapeWizard.com by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). When locking in your hotel accommodations, click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to utilize our hotel finder for low prices.

Some have called Edinburgh Castle the crowing glory of Scotland, the symbolic heart of the Scottish people, and here at EscapeWizard.com, we would have a hard time arguing with that. Set high above of the city on the volcanic Castle Rock, this awesome fortress has survived war and the passing centuries. Since the middle ages Edinburgh Castle has been home to the Royal family and the Scottish Royal Guard. In fact, the castle isn’t just an historic monument; it is a working military base for Her Majesties Armed Forces.

When you walk into the castle the first thing you will see are the battlements and a stunning view of Edin-burgh. EscapeWizard.com recommends you make sure to get an audio tour so you can hear the titillating tales behind the sights. Head into Queen Mary’s Apartments and see where she gave birth to King James 1 of England. Check out the Crown Room; take your time looking at the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny. The castle even has a dungeon to explore. You can see where prisoners of war were kept and tortured. Don’t forget the Witches Wall where women were burned at the stake for witch craft.

Leading out of the castle is a road called “The Royal Mile.” This is one of the finest and oldest roads in all of Scotland. Shops and history bleed together perfectly.  EscapeWizard.com recommends a stop by the Scotch Whiskey Heritage Center to get a taste of Scotland's most famous beverage. Head under the city and explore Mary King’s Close and see how Edinburgh’s citizens lived in the 1600’s. Maybe if you’re lucky the ghost of little “Annie” will ask you if you have seen her doll. Back on the surface; stop by the home of the famous Protestant revolutionary, John Knox. Besides fighting against the Catholic churches rule, Knox was also accused of murdering a Cardinal for the cause and spent time in prison because of it but that didn’t deter him for seeking religious freedom for fellow believers.

At the bottom of The Royal Mile is the Palace of Holyrood House. Originally built in 1128 as a monastery it is, now, the official Scottish residence of the Queen and her family. Some of Scotland’s most turbulent history occurred with in the walls of Holyrood. Mary Queen of Scots called the palace home from 1561-1567 and it is here that she witnessed the brutal murder of her secretary, David Rizzio, by her second husband Lord Darnley.

Today you can roam around the estate, as long as her Majesty isn’t in residence, and take a tour of the Royal Apartments. Enjoy the revolving styles of the successive monarchs, the fine plaster-work ceilings and take a look at the unrivaled collection of Brussels tapestries. King George the 5th and Queen Mary held the first garden party on the grounds and you can stroll along the same paths.

The Royal Yacht Britannia has to be the world’s most famous ship and, since being retired from service, it has become a much sought after destination; EscapeWizard.com highly recommends stopping by this destination.  If only these wall could talk! Nelson Mandela and Ghandi took a ride on this lovely ship and the Royal family called the Britannia home at sea. This Yacht is the definition of “Iconic” and now you can see it for yourself.

EscapeWizard.com knows there are few friendlier cities then Edinburgh. The people welcome you with open arms, and they are proud of their home. Edinburgh is, definitely, a city that can not be missed!
Hotels in Edinburgh
By Anna Falardeau
Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa Edinburgh
1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR, United Kingdom
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The Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa in Edinburgh is located in the heart of the city and is the perfect place for vacationers and businessmen. Located six miles from the Edinburgh Airport (EDI), and check in opens at 3 p.m. For visitors who are not driving, a taxi or an Airlink bus can take you quickly from the airport to the hotel. If you have a car, the hotel has self-parking or valet parking, though nightly fees apply.  If you don’t bring a car, don’t worry – you’ll be within easy walking distance of Edinburgh Castle, Traverse Theatre, and the famous shops of Princes Street.  No boring vacations here: golf courses, museums, parks, and commercial areas are all nearby.

Each room has a HD television and Wi-Fi access, though fees may apply, and the full-sized beds in every room offer heavenly comfort. Book a large room with a beautiful view of Edinburgh Castle or a classic room. Both are perfect for couples looking to get away. Upgrade to a room on the top floor or a suite with special access to the One Spa and Club Lounge where you can enjoy a hot continental breakfasts.

While there, visit the adjoining spa and enjoy hours of relaxation in the infinity edge lap pool, hydropool, and thermal suite.  A fitness studio is also located in the spa, or you can skip the workout and enjoy a delicious meal at the spa café. For those on business or planning an event, there are a variety of meeting spaces including conference and banqueting areas. After work, come dine at the hotel’s One Square Bar and Restaurant, open for breakfast, tea, dinner, and late-night socializing.

Check out at 12 p.m. with ease thanks to the friendly, accommodating staff. Visitors won’t be disappointed and can leave relaxed and rejuvenated. Come escape and enjoy the Scottish life! Let EscapeWizard.com help you plan an unforgettable getaway. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book your room now.
Hotels in Edinburgh
By Summer Brons
Holiday Inn
107 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Conveniently located just five miles from Edinburgh Airport (EDI), the Holiday Inn is an ideal choice for both business and leisure travelers. You'll also enjoy the perks of staying a mere two miles from the city centre, with nearby Leith just a 15-minute drive away.

While you're visiting Edinburgh, the Holiday Inn will offer close proximity to attractions like the beautiful Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the popular shopping area on the Royal Mile. Enjoy all the finest in dining, entertainment and business that this bustling city has to offer when you stay at the Holiday Inn.

On-site conveniences include everything a busy traveler needs to stay both productive and relaxed. Take advantage of a 24-hour business center, a 24-hour fitness center, available wireless internet access, a children's play area and available dry cleaning service.

You'll also find a delicious place to grab a bite right on site at the Holiday Inn, the Junction Restaurant. Enjoy an authentic Scottish breakfast or dinner without leaving the comforts of the hotel. There is also a hotel bar and lounge, offering a pleasant spot to grab a drink with friends or relax with a cocktail after a busy day.

When it's time to wind down for the evening, retire to your private guest room. Each room is equipped with a cozy bed, TV with premium cable, generously sized work desk, coffee maker and mini refrigerator, hairdryer and bath amenities. Larger suites are also available for those seeking extra space for a special occasion or an extended stay. Additionally, members of the Priority Club Rewards program will earn points for their stay at the Holiday Inn Edinburgh.

Make the most of your Edinburgh vacation when you choose accommodations at the Holiday Inn. Book your stay with this familiar face using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).