The quintessential capital of Scotland, Edinburgh offers a wide range of attractions. Steeped in stunning scenery and surrounded by beautiful countryside views, Edinburgh promises visitors with a wonderful time. For Muslim travelers Edinburgh offers a good range of halal facilities including halal food and mosques for praying. Edinburgh hosts a number of festivals and is an excellent destination for shopping. The Old and the New Towns of Edinburgh have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Edinburgh is the first city to be listed under the list of UNESCO Creative Cities. A tiny river Water of Leithruns through the city and is a wonderful place to walk around.
Edinburgh is a compact city and many of its attractions are located in the Old and New Town. Both the areas are located within 15 minutes of each other. The city is filled with several historic attractions and the best way to see the city is by foot. The Edinburgh Castle is the main landmark in the city and sits at the highest point of the city. The Craigmillar Castle and the Abbey and Palace of Holyroodhouse are also great to visit.
The history and tradition of Edinburgh is well-preserved in the museums around the city. The Museum of Scotland and Royal Museum are great places to visit. Excellent artwork can be seen at the National Gallery of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The Royal Botanic Garden and the Edinburgh Zoo are lovely natural attractions for visiting. For those interested in hiking should hike the Calton Hill.
Edinburgh is an excellent destination for shopping. The Princes Street and the George Street in New Town are good for shopping. There are also great places in Old Town that are good for shopping. Some places to shop in Old Town are Grassmarket, Victoria Street, Royal Mile and Cockburn Street. Visitors can also find some great shopping malls in Edinburgh like the Multrees Walk, Princes Mall and the St James Mall.
Edinburgh is served by the Edinburgh International Airport, which is also the busiest airport in Scotland. The airport is located about 10 miles away from the city. There is a dedicated bus service available from the airport to the city center. A one-way ticket for the express bus costs £3.50 per person. There are other buses also available from the airport to different parts of the city.
Edinburgh has a number of halal restaurants where visitors can find delicious halal food. The best known halal restaurants in Edinburgh include Mezbaan South Indian, Omar Khayam, Himalaya Tandoori Restaurant, Kebabish Original, Baguette King, Imans Restaurant, etc.
Edinburgh has quite a few mosques. Some popular mosques in Edinburgh include the Edinburgh Central Mosque, Shah Jalal Mosque and Islamic Centre, Anwar-e-Madina Mosque, Islamic Society, Pakistan Community Centre and Mosque, Mosque And Islamic Community Centre (Roxburgh), etc.