Edinburgh

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.
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    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 sights in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh Old Town

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    Royal Mile

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    Castle Rock, Edinburgh

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    Edinburgh Vaults

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    Linlithgow Palace

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    Royal Yacht Britannia

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    Leith

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    Edinburgh Zoo

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    Top things to do in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is an effortlessly cohesive reflection of Scotland’s breathtaking rural landscape, flaunting cultural vibrancy, historic charm, and scenic wonder. Even its New Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So, what are its top attractions?

    Edinburgh Castle
    The Edinburgh Castle was built at least as early as the 12th century. Looking over the city from Castle Rock, it’s been at the heart of some of Scotland’s bloodiest conflicts.

    Stirling Castle
    Having withstood multiple sieges, Stirling is one of Scotland’s most important castles. Even if you’re not a history buff, the scenery alone warrants a day trip from the capital!

    Loch Lomond
    What’s a holiday to Scotland without visiting one of its picturesque lochs? Luckily, the largest and most breathtaking one in the country, the Loch Lomond, is just a short journey away!

    Holyrood Palace
    The Holyrood Abbey next to the Holyrood Palace is still in ruins after the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Fun fact: Holyrood is Old English for “holy cross.”

    Royal Mile
    The historic thoroughfare, called The Royal Mile, runs through Edinburgh’s Old Town from the Castle to Holyrood for one Scots mile. That’s longer than a regular mile, in case you were wondering!

    Greyfriars Church
    The birthplace of 17th-century Scottish Presbyterianism, this church is a landmark of the country’s religious history. It still holds Sunday services in English and Scottish Gaelic.

    Planning Your Edinburgh Visit

    Best time to visit?

    The best time to visit Edinburgh is June through August when the average high temperatures rise to a balmy 65 degrees Fahrenheit. But this is also the city’s busiest time for tourism, especially in August when festivals fill up the calendar.

    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!

    Good to know

    Language

    English

    Currency

    British Pound (£)

    Country Code

    +44

    Time Zone

    UTC (+00:00)

    Best time to visit

    Spring for the mild weather, summer for the cultural events!

    What people are saying about Edinburgh

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Must see attraction for anyone who recalls Britannia at Cowes Regatta
    A remarkable insight into life aboard this iconic ship where Royalty and the ship’s company co-existed to enjoy life at sea. The first-rate attraction with excellent audio guidance that enables visitors to view the ship in a very relaxed way. Linger and ponder what it must have been like for the Royal Family, Ambassadors, Presidents, and international dignitaries to be entertained aboard in such homely and unpretentious surroundings. There is nothing ostentatious about it. That can certainly be said about the rather basic crew quarters! The guides on board were friendly and well informed particularly the long chat with Tim O’Brien who it turns out has written a book about Britannia was very engaging. A glass of champagne and lunch in the Tea Room on the top deck is a must to finish off there visit.

    Edinburgh: The Royal Yacht Britannia Ticket & Audio Guide reviewed by Neill

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Spooky even during the day, but fun activity
    We weren’t able to book the evening tour because it interfered with another walking tour we had scheduled that day, so we went during the day. It was still very scary! Once you’re in there, you lose the sense of time. We were spooked but we really enjoyed the experience

    Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour reviewed by Kristina,

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ If you enjoyed the HP books, you have to do this tour
    Loved this walking tour. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and it was really interesting to see where J.K. Rowling drew her inspirations from characters, names, locations, and also where she was working on the books at the time. Highly recommend this tour to any partial or huge Harry Potter fans.

    Edinburgh: Harry Potter Walking Tour reviewed by Kristina

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Relaxing, informative and great opportunity to see St. Andrews
    The tour guide, David, was very knowledgeable about the area. Nice stopover in a fishing village. Adequate time to visit St. Andrews. Not rushed. Plenty of time to see highlights and have leisurely lunch. Last stop at the castle for 5 minutes was not worthwhile. Would have liked 30 – 45 minutes there.

    St Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Tour from Edinburgh reviewed by jonny

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    ⭐⭐⭐ 10 Best Hotels in Edinburgh

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