This photo taken June 27, 2016, shows a view of Edinburgh's historic city from Calton Hill. Edinburgh Castle is in the center with the Scott Monument to the far left. (Michelle Locke via AP)
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Rain is pelting the black bulk of Edinburgh Castle brooding over the city.Whether you choose one, two or all of Edinburgh's incarnations, here are some guideposts for the journey.WHAT'S NEW The Palace of Holyroodhouse, aka Holyrood Palace, is worth a visit for its stylishly decorated rooms as well as the chambers of the doomed Mary Queen of Scots, site of the brutal murder of her Italian secretary David Rizzio on the orders of her second husband, Lord Darnley. For a less aristocratic window on the past, visit The Real Mary King's Close, set on the Royal Mile that stretches between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. At the opposite end of the Royal Mile is Holyrood Park, home to Arthur's Seat, a hill popular with hikers.The Royal Botanic Garden covers about 70 acres and is about one mile from the city center. GETTING AROUND Edinburgh is very walkable, but be prepared for lots of hills and steps and a changeable climate.TIPSFor modern, bright rooms in an excellent location, try the G&V Royal Mile Hotel, rooms start at around $280 .Note the shiny big toe of David Hume's statue on the Royal Mile in front of the High Court Building.
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