Edinburgh – a city that begs to be explored

  • 11 June 2004
  • UK

Lonely Planet has never shied away from its policy of giving honest and objective comment on destinations e.g. ‘calling a spade a spade’. In recent years, Scotland was controversially branded “full of drunks”, London as “joyless, aloof and dangerous”, Wales as “ready to take on the world” and Ireland as “more complicated than its shamrock-laden image ever let on”.  So, how does Edinburgh fare in Lonely Planet’s new guide to the city?

Lonely Planet’s 3rd edition to Edinburgh describes a city that “begs to be explored” and a city of “many moods, rewarding you with a different experience each time you come”. The charm of Edinburgh is also revealed as the guide states


“From the vaults and wynds that riddle the Old Town to the quaint urban villages of Stockbridge and Duddingston, it beckons you to go just that little bit further. It’s filled with quirky, come-hither nooks that tempt you to take a look around the next bend, and every corner turned reveals sudden views and unexpected vistas – green sunlit hills, a glimpse of rust-red crags, a blue flash of distant sea.”

Lonely Planet Edinburgh has several dedicated chapters including ones to Edinburgh’s many vibrant festivals, to the renowned Arts scene in the capital, to its interesting history which includes the controversial Parliament building as well as a chapter with suggested walking tours around “Auld Reekie”.

Neil Wilson, author of the guide and Edinburgh resident, Top Five ‘must see’ attractions are the Museum of Scotland, Royal Yacht Britannia, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and the haunted chambers of Real Mary King’s Close.  

“Someone once said that Edinburgh is a city the size of a town that feels like a village – spend any length of time here and you’ll know what they mean.”

Notes to editors

Neil Wilson is available for interview.

Extracts & images are available on request.

Also happy to discuss giveaway opportunities.