Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital situated on the Firth of Forth near the North Sea on the East coast. This elegant city holds UNESCO titles, the medieval Old Town and the elegant Georgian New Town are one, whilst for the other, Edinburgh was chosen as the first, ever City Of Literature by UNESCO, This city will charm you with its picturesque, medieval streets to its Georgian opulence in the New Town. It is the city which gave birth to Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott and Arthur Conan Doyle, and today, the authors Ian Rankin and JK Rowling call this city home. As well as numerous museums and galleries, the city also offers great shopping and wonderful, traditional bars and restaurants. From here it is a short hop down to the Borders, this region, south of Edinburgh, and which borders onto England, is very much associated with Sir Walter Scott. Beautiful, rolling hills and green fields, old monasteries and abbeys, fortified homes and sheep make this a great day trip. Another short hop, this time going north is Saint Andrews, home to Scotland’s oldest university (from 1413), as well as being the home of golf. Stirling, with its castle and monument to William Wallace, but also its proximity to the Highlands makes this another great day out. Loch Katrine, immortalised by Walter Scott in “Lady of the Lake”, is a beautiful day trip, this Loch was a favourite place for Victorian day-trippers and holidaymakers. Glasgow, just under an hour from Edinburgh, is also well worth a day out, this city , with its rich industrial heritage and connections to great inventors such as John Logie Baird and James Watt, but also its charming and delightful parks and museums! Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, is well worth a visit and is only a stone’s throw from Edinburgh. If you are a fan of industrial architecture and history, then why not head down to New Lanark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for history but also some great nature walks in the Clyde Valley. So, let yourself be inspired by these suggestions, as just some of the many things you can do if you choose Edinburgh as your base.