Old and New Town
Gothic architecture and age-old traditions fill the heart of Scotland’s capital, bursting with cultural energy, old and new
Discover the nuances of Scotland’s past in the halls of Edinburgh Castle. Become a whisky connoisseur in the bars that line the magnificent Royal Mile. Picnic in Princes Street Gardens or experience the magic of the world renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. These are just some of the experiences that await you in the city’s Old and New Town areas - where the past merges with the present to create new and exciting opportunities.
The Old Town is a glorious labyrinth of Reformation-era houses and alleyways, stretching outwards from the main hub of the Royal Mile. The New Town is ordered and elegant, with its stunning 18th Century terraces, cobbled streets and uniformed black railings. Together, the two areas are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There’s more to Edinburgh city than its atmospheric architecture, however. If you want to sample haggis, Scotland’s most infamous dish, you’ll find plenty of places to do so in the quirky eateries of the Grassmarket. When you feel like shopping or sipping a sophisticated cocktail, head to the designer stores and boutique hotels of George Street. With everything from underground electro clubs to laid-back folk venues on offer, nightlife in this area is as high-octane or as low-key as you want it to be.
Edinburgh’s Old and New Town are without doubt two of the UK’s most beautiful and lively urban areas. If you choose to live here, you’ll have its many treasures at your fingertips - a privilege that most people dream of, but will never experience.