Gay Guide To Edinburgh, Scotland
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Edinburgh has a population of over 480,000, making it the largest settlement in Lothian. The city has long served as Scotland’s capital and consequently it is an important centre for Scottish cultural and economic output. In the city there are plenty of historical sites and artefacts to see, as well as festivals and events to enjoy. You will find many of the most famous sites situated in Old Town, whilst if you’re more interested in shopping, you are better off heading for New Town. Both are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. Thus, you will find an interesting mixture of ancient and modern in this vibrant city.
If you’re interested in exploring the gay scene of Edinburgh, it is well worth heading for the Broughton area of the city, as this is at the centre of Edinburgh’s ‘pink triangle’ where you will find numerous gay pubs and clubs. The city also hosts its own pride event, known as Pride Scotia, which features the usual festivities associated with a pride event, including a parade and festival where you can listen to music and enjoy the entertainment on offer.
Edinburgh is also home to a large number of festivals and events including the Edinburgh International Festival; the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is now the largest arts festival in the world; the Edge festival, which is the music festival that takes place alongside the Fringe Festival; the Edinburgh International Book Festival; the Edinburgh International Film Festival; the Edinburgh International Television Festival; the Edinburgh International Science Festival; the Edinburgh Military Tattoo; and the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival.
Plus, there are a number of notable museums and galleries to visit, including the Museum of Scotland; the National Gallery of Scotland; and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. You will also find numerous landmarks in the city, such as Edinburgh Castle; the Abbey and Palace of Holyroodhouse; the Scottish Parliament; the Royal Yacht Britannia; the Royal Botanic Garden; and Edinburgh Zoo. With so much to see and do it is evident why Edinburgh is such a popular destination amongst tourists.
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