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Edinburgh one of world's best winter cities, says broadcasting giant CNN

Press Release   •   Dec 16, 2013 00:00 GMT

The Scottish capital joins the likes of Prague (Czech Republic), Salzburg (Austria) and Reykjavic (Iceland) on CNN.com’s list of “Ten Best Cities for a Winter Vacation”.

The CNN website states: “Cobbled streets, a beautiful castle and lovely public gardens make Edinburgh a beautiful city any time of year, but in winter it's breathtaking. Since the launch of Virgin Atlantic's Little Red service, it’s even easier to get to, with regular flights between other UK cities including Manchester and London.”

It cites the ice skating rink in Princes Street Gardens as one of Edinburgh’s winter highlights and adds: “Arthur’s Seat is the perfect location for a winter walk and the views from the top are second to none.”

Manuela Calchini, VisitScotland’s Regional Director for Edinburgh and the Lothians, said: “Edinburgh is stunning all year round but nobody can deny that there is something extra magical about the city at this time of year. Princes Street Gardens, in particular, is a big hit with visitors and residents alike, and there can surely be more spectacular settings in the world – beneath the shadow of the magnificent Edinburgh Castle – in which to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and soak up the unique atmosphere of Edinburgh at Christmas.”

Charlie Wood, Director at Underbelly and producer of Edinburgh’s Christmas on behalf of City of Edinburgh Council, said: “We are delighted that CNN have recognised Edinburgh as one of the top ten destinations for a winter break. Edinburgh’s Christmas is honoured to be located within the heart of this historic city. Over 1.3 million visitors have to date have enjoyed our festive offerings and we look forward to welcoming even more in the coming weeks.”


Earlier this year, CNN named Scotland as its No.1 destination for visitors in 2013. Scotland beat competition from Morocco, Columbia and Japan to win this honour.

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