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Edinburgh Students

As with many cities, Edinburgh University and its students are at the heart of the city and its character. Famous names to have passed through the university include former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, author of Origin of the Species Charles Darwin, former MI5 director Stella Rimington and Dr Piers Sellers, the third Briton to go into space.

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Edinburgh Castle

Castle Rock, where Edinburgh Castle sits, was created by volcanic activity in around 340million BC. Archaeologists have found evidence of humans at the site at around 900 BC. The first evidence of an actual castle type structure at the rock is from around AD 600. David I built a castle on the rock in around 1130. The only part of this remaining today is a chapel dedicated to his mother Queen Margaret inside the castle walls.

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Festivals

Edinburgh is certainly a city of festivals. There is actually an organisation, Festivals Edinburgh, dedicated to supporting the city’s 12 main festivals.

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Hogmanay

The Hogmanay Street Party in Edinburgh is attended by more than 80,000 people every year and watched by many more thousands on the TV from the warmth of their own homes. It starts with a torchlight procession and the celebrations last for four days.

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Tours In Edinburgh

Tours Scotland’s capital city is a magnet for tourists from all over the world, and the list of tours visitors can do certainly provides something for everyone. Scotland is famous for its whiskey and The Scotch Whiskey Experience on the Royal Mile gives tourists a chance to tour a replica distillery and find out just how the drink is made. Adults get to try a dram of Scotch whiskey at the end. Open-air bus tours follow different routes around the …

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