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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Edinburgh a hot winter destination in UK

Who isn’t stirred by the skirling of the bagpipes, and the ancient mysteries of castles? If you are ready for a winter vacation, yet also ready for a change from sun and surf, consider Scotland.

The capital, and second largest city, Edinburgh, is a fine location to base your trip. Edinburgh accommodation options are varied and numerous, offering options for a traveler on any sort of budget. One can go first class at such renowned places as the Bruntsfield, Balmoral, or The Scotsman.  But for those who desire to stay in more modest rooms there are over 150 options.

Begun recently, Scotland’s Winter White Explorer Pass can provide entry to 45 winter attractions around the country on three days, over a five-day span. Sites in and near Edinburgh include Edinburgh Castle, Craigmillar Castle, Trinity House Maritime Museum, Chrichton Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Blackness Castle, and Cairnpapple Hill. However, Scotland is a reasonably small nation, about the size of the state of South Carolina, and day trips to any of the other locations is easily accomplished.

For those seeking snowy slopes a 5-day pass to Scotland’s ski areas can be purchased for 115 pounds. They are good at all five ski centres, but must be used on consecutive days. Hiking and mountain biking are also popular winter sports in Scotland.

Within Edinburgh, there are winter festivals, museums, and plenty of shopping and theater opportunities. Hogmany celebrations (New Year’s Eve), the Robert Burns Dinner in late January (celebrates the national poet), the National Galleries, and Edinburgh’s Playhouse are sure to satisfy any needs for cultural experiences.

Another economical option for families or groups of friends is to check out Edinburgh apartments for rent. This is often a great way to save money. More people can stay in one location than at a hotel, and with the availability of a kitchen, it is usually possible to save money on food, as well. Paste into your website