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Edinburgh Quotes: Sayings about the Scottish Capital

Edinburgh Quotes: Sayings about the Scottish capital you need to know before you go. Here's your guide to the best quotes about Edinburgh (literary inspiration and more!)
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Lively, home to whisky, and filled with beautiful architecture, you can’t go wrong by heading to Scotland and spending a long weekend discovering the best of what its capital city, Edinburgh, has to offer. Need more proof? Here are the very best Edinburgh quotes!

If you’re looking for the perfect weekend break in Europe with just the right amount of history and magic (there’s plenty of Harry Potter inspiration in the city), then you need to look no further than the city of Edinburgh. After all, highlights of this Scottish settlement include walking along the Royal Mile, admiring the view of the city from its impressive Castle, and climbing the towering Arthur’s Seat.

Dean Village, a pretty hidden gem in Edinburgh, Scotland

12 Quotes about Edinburgh: Sayings about the Scottish Capital

“The view of Edinburgh from the road before you enter Leith is quite enchanting: it is, as Albert said, fairy-like and what you would only imagine as a thing to dream of, or to see in a picture.” – Queen Victoria’s journal


“Edinburgh is so cultural and such a beautiful place to walk around.” – Rupert Friend


“The most beautiful of all the capitals of Europe.” – Sir John Betjeman (now buried in St Enodoc’s Church in Cornwall)


“My dear Sir, do not think that I blaspheme when I tell you that your great London, as compared to Dun-Edin, ‘mine own romantic town’, is as prose compared to poetry, or as a great rumbling, rambling, heavy Epic compared to a Lyric, brief, bright, clear, and vital as a flash of lightning.” – Charlotte Brontë


“Coming back to Edinburgh is to me like coming home.” – Charles Dickens


“Edinburgh is alive with words.” – Sara Sheridan

'Edinburgh is alive with words' - Sara Sheridan - Edinburgh Quotes: Sayings about the Scottish capital you need to know before you go. Here's your guide to the best quotes about Edinburgh (literary inspiration and more!)

“When I looked out in the morning it is as if I had waked in Utopia.” – George Elliott


“I find Edinburgh a stimulating place in which to live, with it being a city of contrasts, both architecturally and socially, and each district having a definite character.” – Joan Lingard


“There’s no leaving Edinburgh, No shifting it around: it stays with you, always.” – Alan Bold


“Edinburgh is a sort of gothic fairytale city, and it can be a gothic horror city as well.” – David Mackenzie


“I love Scotland. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and has a wonderful tradition of supporting the arts.” – Peter Hambleton


“I love coming back to Edinburgh. It’s nice to spend real time here.” – Sophie Wu

Dean Village, a pretty hidden gem in Edinburgh, Scotland

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