For a self-proclaimed history geek, it’s hard not to fall in love with a city steeped in reminders of its rich past.
And you get the feeling there is a story to be told of every one of Edinburgh’s streets, with all the nooks and crannies and winding alleyways where plotters and mischief makers would have been in their element.
It would be a challenge for even those who have no interest in pursuing the extensive history of the city not to find themselves admiring the beauty of the buildings and streets of the old town.
The stunning castle, right in the centre of the city on top of a steep mound, appears dramatic as it towers over the hustle and bustle of the streets below. It’s well worth the effort of climbing the steep Royal Mile to reach the top.
The view, which pans across the entire city and beyond, taking in famous sites such as Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill, is breathtaking.
It’s also worth paying the £16 entrance fee to the castle, where visitors easily spend a few hours delving into Scotland’s military history. Take time to visit the prisoner of war cells and taste some whisky to take off the edge of the North Sea wind.
Then spend a morning or afternoon taking a gentle stroll down the Long Mile to the Scottish Parliament building and Holyrood Palace – the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
The bustling tourist haven of the Royal Mile boasts some of the city’s most beautiful buildings, including St Giles Cathedral.
The street is also brimming with cafés, pubs and bars alongside local shops, stalls, bagpipe players and performers.
For more mainstream shops, you won’t do better than the bustling Princes Street, where the new town begins.
Princes Street Gardens offer an opportunity to rest weary feet while taking in the views of the castle and the impressive old town skyline.
It’s easy to while away the day wandering from street to street, taking in the architecture on offer.
Our accommodation was nothing short of stunning. The Chambers are boutique luxury apartments just off the Royal Mile.
Although a little hard to find on a late night, we were directed to a charming courtyard and the entrance of the apartments by the concierge, who gave us a warm welcome.
In terms of location you could not ask for more. The style and décor of the apartments are beautiful too, not to mention spacious and of extremely high quality.
Despite only opening in July, everything appeared to be operating well and staff were on hand to answer any questions, as well as offering advice about where to go and what to do.
These apartments are much larger than your traditional hotel suite and have some of the most captivating views across the city, overlooking Princes Street Gardens, and the famous Scott Monument.
It was lovely to be able to have the first cup of coffee of the day while overlooking the old town as the bustle began and the bagpipes on the Royal Mile started up.
It is also an ideal place to come back and watch the sunset before heading back out for dinner.
Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen with hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher and washer and dryer, as well as a coffee machine and fridge.
There’s a large open-plan dining area and a lounge with large, comfortable sofas, a wall-mounted Smart TV and a sound system. The bedroom also has a Smart TV and is ensuite.
There’s plenty of storage space in each bedroom with a wardrobe which includes a safe. There’s also free Wifi so you can keep connected.
The apartments are just steps away from charming Cockburn Street where you can find individual boutiques. It’s also the perfect place to sit in one of the cafés and enjoy people-watching over breakfast.
Edinburgh nightlife is mixed and whatever your taste, you’re likely to find something to suit. The new town has plenty of atmosphere and is where the nightclubs and bigger bars can be found.
If you want a break from traditional Scottish cuisine, a Mexican restaurant called The Basement is worth the walk. It isn’t fancy, but it provided great food at a reasonable price with friendly staff and a buzzing atmosphere.
If you’re looking for something more cosy and traditional, the old town is the place to be.
If it looks beautiful during the day, it’s stunning at night. The Greyfriars Bobby pub, next to the famous statue of the same name, is traditional and had a live band on.
You’ll leave singing the praises of Scotland’s capital city.
Julia McWatt was a guest of The Chambers apartments and stayed for two nights in the one-bed penthouse apartment.
The Chambers can be found in Roxburgh Court, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Prices range from £130 to £800 per night.
For more information call 0131 225 5499 or visit www.thechambers edinburgh.co.uk
For tourism advice and attractions head for www.visitscotland.com