Exploring Edinburgh: Where Historical Meets Modern

Our travelers are enthusiastic about visiting Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, this upcoming August.  The city was recently named as one of Travel + Leisure‘s “5 Popular Destinations That ‘Live Up to the Hype’“.

Edinburgh easily blends old and new, providing modern twists to a historic city as seen in Afar. If the historic sites appeal to you, visit Edinburgh Castle, the ancient residence of Scottish kings and the home of the Scottish crown jewels. Tour the Royal Yacht Britannia which served as Queen Elizabeth II’s floating royal residence for over 44 years. Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Queen Elizabeth II’s official residence in Scotland. The Palace has served as the official residence of kings and queens since the 16th-century. Holyroodhouse offers many different tour options, but for something special and exclusive, guests can schedule morning and evening private visits.


For modern flair, enjoy a Scotch whisky experience or visit one of the many restaurants that have popped up during the city’s culinary revolution, like The Kitchin or Number One at the Balmoral Hotel or Ondine. The Kitchin, which opened in 2006, is a Michelin Star restaurant and was given the title “Best Restaurant in Scotland” in 2015. The restaurant prepares seasonal dishes with a British and French twist. Another Michelin Star restaurant, Number One, offers a sophisticated and romantic dining experience. Preparing modern Scottish cuisine, Number One is an excellent date night spot. And last, but not least, Ondine is a modern take on a 200 year old tradition. The restaurant specializes in seafood, but the pride and joy of the restaurant is the Oyster Bar. The Scottish people have been selling oysters for hundreds of years and Ondine pays homage to its country’s past. If you can’t make a decision on what seafood to eat, we highly recommend ordering the Roasted Shellfish Platter or the Fruits of the Sea. 

Although, we may not consider these places as modern, compared to the ancient and historical city of Edinburgh, these spots are “new age”. Visit the Georgian House located in Charlotte Square.  This 18th-century townhouse (practically brand new compared to Edinburgh standards) is from the era of enlightenment and has been restored to its former glory. Another place to check out is Hamilton & Inches, Scotland’s luxury jewelry house.  Since 1866, this jewelry shop has been crafting elegant treasures from watches to jewelry pieces to engagement rings. Oh, and we must mention, that Hamilton & Inches holds a Royal Warrant as silversmiths to Her Majesty the Queen.

Check out this Barbara’s Best post for our director’s take on this Scottish gem!

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