Palace of Holyroodhouse

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The Palace of Holyrood is the Queen's official residence in Scotland but is mainly used by the Queen for ceremonial purposes for one week at the end of June when garden parties are hosted and an investiture is held to recognise the achievements of people living in Scotland. About a quarter of the rooms in the Palace are open to the public to view the extensive memorabilia and decore, much of which dates back to the times of Mary Queen of Scots, but it is not an attraction that is greatly thrilling for those other than the history buffs. There is a very nice modern cafe open throughout the year that can be used without paying the entry fee to the Palace itself.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Royal Mile,
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Edinburgh City Centre

The Old Town of Edinburgh is built on a ridge that rises gradually from the Palace of Holyrood to Edinburgh Castle. There are staircase lanes, called Wynds, that lead off this 'Royal Mile' that give the impression of the city being built on multiple levels and buildings that date from the 11th Century. The New Town is also a World Heritage Site with its mix of Georgian town houses and the earliest examples in Europe of tenement flats. The views to be had from the Castle, Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill are dramatic and inspiring.