Attractions that are near the Balmoral include the Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh Castle, Dynamic Earth (Interactive exhibits about planet earth), a 12th Century 'Old Town' with The Royal Mile, VIP tours of Holyrood Palace
(official Scottish residence of Royal Family) as well as personal shopping tours of Harvey Nichols.
Its guided St Andrew's day tour takes in the cathedral, castle and university, with a visit to James V''s Renaissance Palace in the village of Falkland on the return journey, and another bus tour of Edinburgh''s royal landmarks, including Holyrood Palace
and the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Located just five minutes from the Royal Mile and Princes Street and next to Holyrood Palace
and the Scottish Parliament, guests have both the Old and New Town on their doorstep
At the other end of the age scale, Holyrood Palace
has been in existence since the 15th century.
To the sound of bugles, pipes and drums and wearing desert uniforms and tam o' shanters they were led by a regimental band out of Edinburgh Castle and down the cobbled street to the Queen's Holyrood Palace
As well as Windsor Castle, Frogmore House and Mary Queen of Scots' rooms at Holyrood Palace
have been superbly well restored.
The site chosen for the new parliament complex was a historic one, dose to Holyrood Palace
at the foot of Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
The Gathering 2009 will cover the entire area of Edinburgh's Holyrood Park, behind the magnificent Holyrood Palace
, and involve hundreds of participants, including 125 clan and family associations, more than 350 Highland dancers, and 60 crafts and food producers, all housed within 200 individual marquees covering almost 8000 square metres.
The Royal Mile runs from the Castle down to the gates of Holyrood Palace
and you can easily spend all day there, exploring the beautiful ancient buildings.
The hotel is situated near Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace
(the home of the Queen when she stays in Edinburgh) and the new Scottish Parliament building.
The James Bond star was given 30 special bottles of Big Tam's Ale after the occasion at Holyrood Palace
in 2000 - most of which were drunk at the after-party at Edinburgh City Chambers.
Then spend a morning or afternoon taking a gentle stroll down the Long Mile to the Scottish Parliament building and Holyrood Palace
- the Queen's official residence in Scotland.