• Posted:Friday, May 7, 2010
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Explore Edinburgh on foot

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Explore Edinburgh on foot
Those of us who adore a good exploration in new surroundings would absolutely love to go to Scotland - I'm sure of it. I certainly enjoyed jumping out of my Edinburgh hostel bed when I was over there and setting out to hunt for new beginnings!

And walks are such a brilliant way to look around a city, not only because you get to see a lot, but when you want to conserve a few dollars then this is the ultimate solution - after all, your feet don't cost a thing!

Stefanie Gabrych Fraser, writing for the Ottawa Citizen, is in agreement with me and believes there are plenty of "sensational strolls" that people can enjoy around the grand old Scottish capital.

She said: "Edinburgh is a compact city and has loads of winding streets and lanes that often lead to unexpected places of charm."

One of the areas she picks out as a possible hot-spot for ramblers is the Royal Mile – that runs from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace, which is where the queen lays her head at night when she's in sunny Scotland!

And the trek is indeed a superb experience. "It's packed with tourist shops, restaurants, churches and hidden closes (little lanes that lead through the buildings)," Ms Gabrych Fraser reckons.

There are loads of old and historic houses along the walk, including Huntly House which has been restored from the 16th century and has a quaint museum inside. Quite a site to behold! But the streets are a bit steep, so make sure you have a few coins in your pocket to enjoy a beverage at a pub or two along the way!

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