Edinburgh is made up of two contrasting halves: Old Town is an austere medieval city constructed along the ridge of a rocky crag, while New Town comprises a network of elegant Georgian streets, crescents and squares. In between is a dramatic ravine spanned by North Bridge. During the 18th century, Edinburgh played host to the Scottish Enlightenment, when its inhabitants included philosopher David Hume and economist Adam Smith. Today Scotland’s capital remains lively, prosperous and picturesque.
Single Malt Whiskey
For a superb selection of single malts, we highly recommend the independent bottler Cadenhead’s (172 Canongate). Its employees hand-select barrels from distilleries all over Scotland.
Our Favorite Bar
The Dome (14 George Street), deriving its name from its stunning central architectural feature, is our favorite bar in Edinburgh. Once home to the Commercial Bank of Scotland, it is an ideal spot for a restorative drink or an afternoon tea after shopping on Princes Street.
Our favorite shortbread comes from a small producer called Shortbread House of Edinburgh (25 Tennant Street). A wide selection can also be found at Cranachan & Crowdie (263 Canongate), on the Royal Mile.
A Fine Royal Kilt
If you are looking to buy a kilt or any fine Scottish clothing, head to Kinloch Anderson (4 Dock Street, Leith). This is where the royal family buys its kilts.