Edinburgh and Lothians
"Edina! Scotia's darling seat!" Robert Burns, Address to Edinburgh There can be few cities in the world that have influenced and inspired as many individuals as Edinburgh. The city has been Scotland's capital since the fifteenth century, and buildings relating to her splendid past dominate the city's landscape. From the medieval buildings of the old town to the neoclassical grandeur of the new town, the intervening spaces are punctuated with reminders of great men and heroic deeds. In 1995, Edinburgh city centre was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city is surrounded by the Lothian countryside, where fertile pastures give way to the sea to the north, and rugged peaks of the Pentland, Lammermuir and Soutra hills to the south.