Edinburgh has inspired generations of inventors, scientists and scholars. The city was the heart of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century and was known to many as the ‘Athens of the North’.
The king’s chemist, John Amyat, summed up this intellectual flowering by stating that he could stand on the Royal Mile, by the Mercat Cross, and "in a few minutes take 50 men of genius by the hand”.
Near the foot of today’s Royal Mile is Our Dynamic Earth, located in the shadow of Salisbury Craigs where the father of modern geology, James Hutton (1726–1797), proved that the world is much older than 6,000 years old.
Whilst exploring Edinburgh & The Lothians, make sure to travel east towards Musselburgh to visit Newhailes, an extraordinary survival of early 18th century decorative art and collections. This grand house was the former home of the Dalrymples, an influential family in law and politics at the time of the Scottish Enlightenment.
Spend the night in Edinburgh and make the most of the fantastic accommodation offerings available in the area.