Edinburgh is Scotland's capital city and has one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world. It is one of Europe's major tourist destinations, attracting 1 million visitors a year, and is, after London, the second most visited tourist destination in the UK.
The city has tourists a lot to offer. There is plenty to see and do with the perfect balance between all things traditional and contemporary. The UNESCO World Heritage Site at the heart of the city combines the medieval Old Town, the Georgian New Town and award winning modern architecture. Beside that the city has world-class museums and galleries, you can take a tour on an open-top bus or visit the city's own zoo. There are top-class restaurants and bars and it is a great place for shopping.
Edinburgh is well-known for the annual Festival, a collection of official and independent festivals held annually over about four weeks from early August. The number of visitors coming for the Edinburgh Festival is roughly equal to the settled population of the city.
It will be a good choice to start your hiking or trekking trip in Edinburgh and get the Scottish city feeling and then go to the starting point of your trek.