Located at Ingliston in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland, Edinburgh Airport is one of the busiest airports in Scotland. The airport is about eight miles (12km) west of the city centre and the journey (via the A8 Glasgow Road) takes about 25 minutes in light traffic. A number of car hire companies operate from the airport. Trams offer a frequent and reliable service linking the airport and the city centre. Interchange with rail services is available at Edinburgh Park and Haymarket stations. Other stops include Murrayfield Stadium and Princes Street.
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Palace of Holyroodhouse
This palace is the royal family's official residence in Scotland, but is more famous as the 16th-century home of the ill-fated Mary, Queen of Scots. The palace developed from a guest house, attached to Holyrood Abbey, which was extended by King James IV in 1501. The self-guided audio tour leads you through a series of impressive royal apartments, ending in the Great Gallery. The 89 portraits of Scottish kings were commissioned by Charles II and supposedly record his unbroken lineage from Scota, the Egyptian pharaoh's daughter who discovered the infant Moses in a reed basket on the banks of the Nile.
The brooding, black crags of Castle Rock, rising above the western end of Princes St, are the very reason for Edinburgh's existence. Edinburgh Castle has played a pivotal role in Scottish history, both as a royal residence – King Malcolm Canmore (r 1058–93) and Queen Margaret first made their home here in the 11th century – and as a military stronghold. The castle last saw military action in 1745; from then until the 1920s it served as the British army's main base in Scotland. Today it is one of Scotland's most atmospheric, most popular – and most expensive – tourist attractions.
Royal Yacht Britannica
One of Scotland's biggest tourist attractions is the former Royal Yacht Britannia . She was the British royal family's floating home during their foreign travels from the time of her launch in 1953 until her decommissioning in 1997, and is now moored permanently in front of Ocean Terminal.
The tour, which you take at your own pace with an audio guide (available in 20 languages), gives an intriguing insight into the Queen's private tastes – Britannia was one of the few places where the royal family could enjoy true privacy. The entire ship is a monument to 1950s decor and technology, and the accommodation reveals Her Majesty's preference for simple, unfussy surroundings – the Queen's own bed is surprisingly tiny and plain.
Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, beckons visitors with its blend of modern vibrancy and Georgian elegance. Dig into the city’s handsome history and Viking heritage as you explore cathedrals, Georgian townhouses, castles and monuments interspersed among the city’s concrete buildings. Other sites worth visiting are the Marsh Library, St Stephen’s Green and Kilmainham Gaol. Beer lovers would enjoy a tour around the Guinness Storehouses while collectors would love a stroll along Francis Street, the home of antiquarians. After a day of sightseeing, hit some of Dublin’s best pubs for a rewarding drink and a glimpse of the local Irish social scene.
Tokyo, capital of the shogun, never fails to intrigue tourists time and again with its refined traditional culture and passion for innovation. From the luxury shops of Ginza to the electronics stores of Akihabara to Harajuku’s trendy boutiques, Tokyo is also a haven for shopping enthusiasts. Sashimi lovers can sink their teeth in fresh creamy salmon at the Tsukiji Central Fish Market. Foodies seeking out traditional local flavours should splurge on a multi course kaiseki meal of seasonal delicacies to experience the refinedness of Japanese cuisine. For some serious sightseeing, visit the Senso-ji Shrine, Ueno-koen Park and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Take a day trip out to Mount Fuji and can spend a night in one of the traditional ryokans in the area.
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
A subtropical micro-region known for its picturesque seascapes and fascinating history, Bay of Islands ranks as one of New Zealand’s top tourist destination. Cruise the turquoise waters on a chartered yacht or rent a kayak and paddle out to sea. Around Tapeka Point, get up close with the abundance of marine wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales, gannets and more. Laze on the pristine beaches of Paihia town, explore the historic sites of Waitangi town and indulge in delicious handmade chocolates or locally made macadamia liqueur in Kerikeri town If you want enjoy an aerial view Cape Brett and the ‘Hole in the Rock’ on Piercy Island, hit the skies on a seaplane.