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Edinburgh - The Capital City of Scotland


Edinburgh is not just a typical capital city. It's got castles and fancy buildings, but it's also got a wild mix of old and new that's totally cool. Imagine cobbled streets, a dramatic castle perched on a rock, and a city vibe that's both historic and happening.

Best time to visit: From Jun-To-Aug

How to Reach Edinburgh

  • Flying into Edinburgh Airport is the easiest way to get there. Tons of flights land from all over the UK and Europe. Trains from other big UK cities are also an option, and if you're feeling adventurous, ferries from Newcastle or Amsterdam can give you a seafaring adventure.
  • Exploring the Edinburgh
  • This city was practically made for walking. The center is small, and most sights are close enough to explore on foot. Your legs will thank you for the exercise and all the delicious food you'll be trying. If walking gets tiring, take a bright red Lothian bus or hail a black cab. For epic views, take a tram ride.
  • Food to try in Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh's got a food scene. Warm up with a hearty bowl of Cullen Skink (creamy fish soup) or haggis (a savory meat pudding – trust us, it's tastier than it sounds!). Want something lighter? Try some fluffy Scotch pancakes or a tasty oatcake with cheese. And no trip to Scotland is complete without trying a dram (single malt whisky) perfect after a day of exploring.

Accommodation Options in Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh has hotels for every kind of traveler, no matter your budget. Here are a few options to consider:
  • Stay at The Scotsman Hotel for luxurious digs and epic castle views.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre is a beautiful old building.
  • The Haymarket Hotel has big rooms to keep everyone happy if you are traveling with the family.
  • ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge – Royal Mile offers comfy rooms without blowing the bank.
  • Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel for chic rooms in a central area.

Top Tourist Attractions in Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh Castle: This iconic castle is a must-see. Explore the fortress, learn about Scotland's history, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the Crown Jewels.
  • The Royal Mile: This famous street is packed with shops and historical buildings. Wander the charming alleyways and soak up the atmosphere.
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse: The Queen's official Scottish crib. Check out the fancy staterooms and stunning gardens.
  • The Scott Monument: Climb this giant monument for epic city views.
  • National Museum of Scotland: Dive into Scotland's story with cool exhibits on everything from dinosaurs to space.
  • Arthur's Seat: Hike up this extinct volcano for epic views of the city. Burn off some haggis and get some fresh air.
  • The Royal Botanic Garden: Escape the city buzz in this peaceful haven filled with plants from all over the world.
  • Calton Hill: This hill offers amazing city views and is topped with interesting monuments, like a replica of the Parthenon.
  • Edinburgh Festivals: Edinburgh loves a festival. Catch the famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe (the world's biggest arts fest!), the Edinburgh International Festival (think music, theater, and dance), or the festive Christmas and Hogmanay (New Year's Eve) celebrations.
  • The Verdict
  • Edinburgh is a city that will stick with you long after you leave. From its historic core to its modern energy, delicious food, and wild festivals, there's truly something for everyone. So pack your bags and get ready to fall in love with Edinburgh, Scotland's awesome capital city!