Scotland Tops CNN's 2013 Travel Destinations

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When CNN released its "Top Travel Destinations for 2013" we weren't surprised to see Scotland at the top of the list. Its misty highlands recently played a starring role in "Skyfall", the latest James Bond movie, and the country has issued a hearty welcome to international visitors by declaring 2013 "The Year of Natural Scotland".

We've asked our Scottish guides to contribute a few travel tips and suggestions to make visits to their homeland all the richer for overseas visitors, and will be featuring their ideas over the next few weeks. Today our guide Peter, a warm and friendly life-long Edinburgh resident, joins us to reveal a little-known place in his hometown.

When visitors come to Edinburgh they generally go to the Castle and down the Royal Mile/Old Town, but few tourists know that only 15 minutes away from the city's main thoroughfare (Princes Street) lies a silver thread in a ribbon of green. There you will find the secluded Dean Village on the Water of Leith which lies 30 meters below the rest of Edinburgh. This location makes it quite unique and particularly tranquil, considering it lies virtually in the heart of Scotland's Capital.

Stroll through the historical Dean Village, a successful grain milling hamlet for more than 800 years as it sits on the Water of Leith. Although not a large river, it has had 70 mills on it over the centuries and was once a centre of industry. Walk east up river and take in the wild life, then you come to the two Galleries of Modern Art, walk west down the river with neo-classical new town houses towering above you to find the old village of Stockbridge with its bohemian vibe. The buildings and structures you encounter are a mixture of classic and of industrial heritage.

Definitely don't miss exploring here: this hidden gem will show you another side of Edinburgh.

Thank you Peter! If any travelers are planning to visit Edinburgh on your next trip to Scotland (and really, how can you not make this incredible city a part of your Scottish travel plans?) consider getting in touch with Peter for a knowledgeable local's look at the city.
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