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Seniors Enjoy Edinburgh

images Senior traveling friends, let’s go to Scotland this morning and stop at Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. The 2014 official population estimates are 464,990. Senior visitors find  in Edinburgh, a city that’s not too large, one in which they can get around on foot.

“Edin”, the root of the city’s name, is most likely of Brittonic Celtic origin, from the Cumbric language or a variation of it that would have been spoken by the earliest known people of the area.

It appears to derive from the place name Eidyn mentioned in the Old Welsh epic poem Y Gododdin. The poem names Din Eidyn as a hill fort in the territory of the Gododdin.


Recognized as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland. The city is home to the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery.

Seniors Visit Edinburg Castle

Situated at the top of the Royal Mile on top of Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is the number one visitor attraction in Scotland and the most iconic building in the city.


The only 5 Star walking tour company in Scotland, Mercat Tours thrill and entertain senior visitors with tales of ghastly ghouls, hauntings and mysteries of Edinburgh of ancient days.

 TripAdvisor has paid a visit to Edinburgh and lists nearly 400 things for seniors to see and do. A couple of “Must See” sites include Edinburgh Old Town and Arthur’s Seat.

The city has long been a center of education, particularly in the fields of medicine, Scots law, literature, the sciences and engineering. The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582 is now one of four in the city.


The city is also famous for the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe, the world’s largest annual international arts festival.

Edinburg, A Highly Popular Destination

The city’s historical and cultural attractions have made it the United Kingdom’s second most popular tourist destination after London, attracting over one million visitors each year.

Major historic sites include Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate, and the extensive Georgian New Town, built in the 18th century. Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town together are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


You will find Edinburgh to be a bustling and vibrant city, steeped in history and host to a variety of colorful festivals throughout the year. There is no shortage of things to do in Edinburgh and senior visitors will find hidden gems around every corner.

Plan an afternoon tea and plan to settle down with a brew at one of Edinburgh’s great cafes and coffee shops. Perhaps I will run into you as my family and I are making plans as I speak. Enjoy Edinburgh. -jeb


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