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Scotland facts & history in brief

Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edinburgh in Scottish Gaelic, is the second-largest city in Scotland and its capital city.

It is situated on the east coast of Scotland's central lowlands on the south shore of the Firth of Forth and in the unitary local authority of City of Edinburgh.
It has been the capital of Scotland since 1437 and is the seat of the country's devolved government.
The city was one of the major centres of the enlightenment, led by the University of Edinburgh.
The Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
In the census of 2001, Edinburgh had a total resident population of 448,624.

Edinburgh is well known for the annual Edinburgh Festival, the largest performing arts festival in the world, and for the Hogmanay street party.
At the time of the art festivals the population of the city doubles.
The city is one of the world's major tourist destinations, attracting roughly 13 million visitors a year.

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For a more information about Edinburgh see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh) December 2005
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About Wikipedia

This information was correct in December 2005. E. & O.E.

I first visited Edinburgh and Scotland during 1978, while travelling around the British Isles (U.K.) with my daughter Sarolta.

One of the reasons for us visiting the place was that living in New Zealand especially during the 50s, 60s and 70s not a day passed without hearing about Scotland, England, Britain or some place or something connected with it.

We also had practically daily contact with people emigrated from Scotland or with Scottish ancestry in New Zealand.

Another important reason was that we like to travel and of course there's plenty to see in 'ye old Edinburgh'.

Coming to Edinburgh by train, you can't miss the 'Castle' from 'miles' ahead, perched on the hill above.

Of course there's a great sight leaving Edinburgh by train too, the Firth of Forth and the bridges, especially the great rail bridge over it.

You can click on these photos for an enlargement.


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