Edinburgh is a city whose history is written on its face. "The old
town, with its irregular houses, stage above stage, seen as we saw it, in
the obscurity of a rainy day, hardly resembles the work of men, it is more
like a piling up of rocks, and I cannot attempt to describe what we saw so
imperfectly but must say the, high as my expectation had been raised, the
city of Edinburgh far surpassed all expectations." Wrote Dorothy
Wordsworth, the poet's sister.
Looking west along Princes Street
The towering crags that surround the city dominate it today as they always
have done. "Edinburgh could never be merely a city. Here there must be
always present the idea of the comparative littleness of all human works," wrote Sir Walter
Pictorial view of Medieval Edinburgh
Visit this marvellous city, Edinburgh, in August, and experience the
delights of the Festival of Arts.