Edinburgh Airport is located at Ingliston, Edinburgh in the capital of Scotland. In the year 2013, the Edinburgh Airport was the busiest airport in Scotland and has handled a little over 9.8 million passengers. From the west of the city centre, Edinburgh Airport is five nautical miles and is situated just off the M8 motorway.
The city of Edinburgh has been recognised as the capital of Scotland since the 15th century. The city of Edinburgh is considered to be very rich in history. Historical landmarks in the city include the Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars, and Canongate.
Holyrood Palace – The Holyrood Palace is the royal family’s official residence in Scotland. Moreover, it is also the 16th century home of Mary the Queen of Scots. Unfortunately for travellers, the palace is closed to the public when the royal family is visiting and during state functions. These events are usually in mid-May, and mid-June to early July. Details about events can be found at the website. Those who are planning to visit can expect a self-guided audio tour that will lead travellers through a series of impressive royal apartments, ending in the Great Gallery. Those visiting can also find 89 portraits of Scottish kings that were commissioned by Charles II and are supposedly a record of his unbroken lineage from Scota, the Egyptian pharaoh's daughter who discovered the infant Moses in a reed basket on the banks of the Nile. The highlight of the tour however is visiting bed chamber of Mary the Queen of Scots. This was home to the unfortunate Mary from 1561 to 1567, and was connected by a secret stairway to her husband's bedchamber. It is said that this place is where Mary's jealous first husband, Lord Darnley, restrained the pregnant queen while his henchmen murdered her secretary.
Edinburgh Castle – This place plays a key role in Scottish history, serving both as a royal residence to King Malcolm Canmore and Queen Margaret as well as a military stronghold. The last time that the place has ever witnessed military activity was 1745. It now serves as one of the most expensive and most sought after tourist attractions in Scotland.
St. Giles Cathedral – Formerly known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, the St. Giles Cathedral was named after the patron saint for the crippled and beggars. Currently it is one of the most visited attractions for tourists and is the principal place of worship in Edinburgh, Scotland.
How to get around within Edinburgh
In order to get around the city of Edinburgh, travellers can use buses as it is the main mode of transportation used in the city. Bus services include Lothian Buses which operate within the city and nearby suburbs. They also have the most routes that run via Prince Street. The city also has a railway service.
How to get there
Getting to Edinburgh is not a problem as there are many airlines that operate to fly directly to the city. Airline companies in Edinburgh Airport include Air Canada Rouge, Air France, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways.
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