Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is a city that manages to combine both old and new. Located in the Central Belt region of the country with around 450,000 inhabitants, Edinburgh caters to a large number of tourists who visit the city for events, shopping or simply to sight see.
Testament to Edinburgh’s beauty is that it was voted the most desirable city to live in the UK in 2009. The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh were also named UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1995.
If you’re planning on visiting the Scottish capital and want to get the most out of your vacation, then read on for our mini travel guide to Edinburgh.
When to go
Edinburgh’s most pleasant weather is between the months of May to September, though being in the UK, expect wind and rain no matter what the season. The winter months can feel bitterly cold, so make sure that you pack appropriate clothing if you are visiting at this time of year.
Edinburgh is very popular for festivals and the New Year. If travelling during the festival season of August and September or during New Years, then make sure that you book travel and accommodation as early as possible since the city is very busy during these times.
Edinburgh is not a huge city and most tourist attractions are located within the Old or New Town and can be travelled to within about 15 minutes by foot. The public transport on offer in Edinburgh is not really comparable to cities like London, with Edinburgh being heavily reliant on buses.
Taxis are readily available if you don’t wish to take the bus with other travellers and if you want to visit some of the outer suburbs of the city, there are trains that will take you to outlying stations.
See and do
The city is home to Europe’s largest theatre, the 3000 seat Edinburgh Playhouse, which is located at the top of Leith Walk in New Town. Hosting a number of top West End shows, this is a must see for all theatre lovers.
Take a walk up Carlton Hill to see a number of Edinburgh’s most famous monuments, such as the National Monument and the Nelson Monument. Carlton Hill also provides the tourists with some excellent views of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside.
Just to the East of the city is an extinct volcano, known as Arthur’s Seat. A trip to the summit offers some brilliant views and is relatively low at only 251 metres.
Edinburgh is a small city, but there are still a wide range of options when it comes to accommodation, from bed and breakfasts, to hostels and hostels. You can search for and book a cheap hotel in Edinburgh by visiting any hotel website.