Edinburgh

Scotland’s enchanting capital Edinburgh is a city of striking contrasts. Perched dramatically on an extinct volcano, the world-famous Edinburgh Castle is visible from almost any point in the city, a constant reminder of Edinburgh’s long and fascinating history. As you explore the city’s striking architecture, tranquil green spaces and exciting attractions, you will soon understand why so many authors and poets have been inspired to create iconic characters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sherlock Holmes and more recently Harry Potter.

Read more

Edinburgh, laid over its six hills, is a historical and cultural bubble marked by Medieval and Georgian influences, from the small crooked streets of the Old Town to the gardens and neoclassical buildings of the New Town. Watching over the city, Edinburgh Castle is where past rulers took up their quarters and where you can find both the Country Crown’s jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used for coronations.

Top attractions in Edinburgh

Planning Your Edinburgh Visit

Best time to visit?

Edinburgh is heaving with visitors throughout the summer, but for good reason – it’s festival season! If you’d rather see the city significantly less hectic then you’ll have to brave the Scottish winter. The good news is that few landscapes lend themselves so beautifully to cloud and drizzle as that of Scotland!

When is the Edinburgh Festival?

Edinburgh has several large festivals occupying its streets throughout summer, including their film, jazz, and book festivals. However, it’s common to mistake the Edinburgh Fringe – the world’s largest performing arts festival – as THE festival. It spans 25 days of August. This year’s exact dates, and those for the other events too, can be found here.

How long to stay?

Book at least a week in Edinburgh if you can. Many of the city’s most popular attractions require more time than you’ll realise and there’s already more than enough to do, especially during festival season. Plus, if you haven’t ventured into Scotland’s awe-inspiring countryside before, you should consider at least one day trip out of the city too!

What people are saying about Edinburgh

★★★★★ Chris was great, so friendly and the tour great

The tour was so interesting and we covered a lot of ground. Although it was so far (400 round mile trip) it didn’t feel that long as we stopped a lot in different places. Chris allowed extra stops for photos and had plenty of time in different locations

★★★★★ Definitely worth the time you won't be dissapointed

James was a wonderful exceptionally knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. It was a brisk walk around the town noting points of interest.

★★★★★ Great driver/guide, kept us entertained and was very informative

We had an excellent time. The drive was very long about 9.5 hours but the bus was comfortable. The driver was humorous and entertaining and gave us good history lessons about the highlands. I would suggest making an additional toilet stop.

Other Sightseeing Options in Edinburgh

Want to discover all there is to do in Edinburgh? Click here for a full list.

Top Hotels in Edinburgh

Booking.com