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Edinburgh and The Lothians

Scotland’s royal city, Edinburgh, is a real jewel. From ancient castles to royal palaces and Georgian townhouses, the city exudes history and culture. Holyrood Palace, down the Royal Mile, is the official residence of the monarchy in Scotland and is still used as a summer residence by the Queen. Nearby, despite the strenuous climb, it is worth scaling the Salisbury Crags to enjoy dramatic views of the city from Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh Castle, located in the Old Town and majestically perched on the top of Castle Rock, dates from the 12th Century and is a must visit. The shopping in Edinburgh is fabulous, with a mix of quirky boutiques, department stores and high street shops. For designer indulgence, pop into Scotland’s only Harvey Nichol’s or browse the city’s oldest department store, Jenner’s, which opened its doors in 1838. As well as a weighty past, Edinburgh is a city with its feet very firmly in the present. The city hosts many world-famous festivals, including the International Edinburgh Festival, as well as its more popular little sister, the Fringe, where you’ll find amateur dramatics, comedy, musical theatre and much, much more. For blues lovers, the Edinburgh Jazz festival takes place every year in July. Combine a stay at this exciting and dynamic city with the surrounding tranquil and dramatic countryside of the Lothians. Explore over forty miles of coastline, ramble along the rolling hills or play on some of the world’s finest golf courses.

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I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India

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