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Edinburgh

Travel Guide
Arthur\'s Seat which includes views, a city and a sunset

The ‘Athens of the North’ is an excellent choice for a traveller seeking variety. Edinburgh is a bustling city, full of history, with countryside tranquillity on its doorstep.

Scotland’s cultured capital has it all. It is an ancient and modern city with an array of great festivals, museums, galleries, parks, gardens, pubs, restaurants and a very famous castle.

Edinburgh Castle is the city’s most famous and most-visited landmark. Sitting high on volcanic Castle Rock, it can be seen from the Old Town and New Town. It dates back to the 12th-century and is still in use today. Walk up to the esplanade via the cobbled streets of the Royal Mile for an appreciation of old Edinburgh. If tartan tourism appeals this is also the place to indulge.

While in the neighbourhood, make a booking at the enchanting Witchery by the Castle restaurant, set in a 16th-century underground building. It takes its name from the many women burned at the stake on Castlehill. These days, the steak tartare is better known.

Downhill from the Castle you’ll find the lively Grassmarket area. Walk down colourful Victoria Street to experience city’s unique structure. Here you’ll find independent shops, bars and restaurants. One thing you’ll notice about this city is the versatile range of drinking and dining options. There is something for all tastes in Edinburgh.

Winding away from the Old Town, via the city Mound, head towards Prince’s Street for a stunning view across to the New Town. Below the Mound sits the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy, which attracts some internationally esteemed exhibitions throughout the year.

From the Mound you can see the gothic Scott Monument, which pays tribute to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. Ascend the 200 feet (61 metres) tall tower for panoramic views of the city centre.

The Monument is a good reference point. It sits on Princes Street, along from the tourist office, Balmoral Hotel, Waverley Train Station and by Princes Street Gardens. The Gardens date back to the 18th-century and were created after the draining of former Nor Loch, located here. In summer, it is a great place to relax.

On the other side of Princes Street, sits the New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dating back to the mid-17th century. Here you’ll find Edinburgh’s elegant Georgian architecture, art galleries, independent shops, bars and cafes. If you take a closer look you might spot former homes of Edinburgh’s literary heroes, JM Barrie and Robert-Louis Stevenson, who once lived here.

Edinburgh has much to offer in and around the city, which extends to the bohemian Shore area, where the Royal Yacht Britannia rests. Take a bus tour before settling on your favourite area to relax and sample a whisky.

Don’t forget to check out the festival calendar before you visit. August is Edinburgh’s biggest festival season.

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Where to stay in Edinburgh

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
4 out of 5
1 Morrison Link, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £59 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
Located in Haymarket, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Princes Street and Usher Hall. George Street ...
3.9/5Very Good! (980 reviews)
"Parking was free but a complete shambles. Parking barriers were broken and cars parked anywhere. Checked out to find barriers fixed and exit fenced off and padlocked . We did get out eventually but a pain in the arse."

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
4 out of 5
1-3 Baxters Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is £101 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in New Town, this hotel is steps away from Omni Centre Edinburgh, Princes Street and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. George Street and Royal Mile are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (696 reviews)
"Good location 10 min walk from most places"

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
3.5 out of 5
18-21 Market Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £114 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this hotel is steps away from City Art Centre, Princes Street and Royal Mile. Edinburgh Dungeon and St. Giles' Cathedral are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (983 reviews)
"Hotel was in a great location, room very spacious and clean. Check in was quick and easy. Staff very friendly."

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Destiny Scotland Market St Apartments
Destiny Scotland Market St Apartments
3.5 out of 5
17 Market St, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is £93 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this apartment building is steps away from City Art Centre, Princes Street and Royal Mile. Edinburgh Dungeon and St. Giles' Cathedral ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Such a convenient location for anyone getting the train through to the Capital. Views are equally stunning, with the Balmoral and Scott monument in plan view across 2 very wide windows. Room was bright, immaculately clean and easily accessible with security codes. This meant not having to find keys ..."

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2021

Destiny Scotland Market St Apartments
Destiny Scotland - St. Andrew Square Apartments
Destiny Scotland - St. Andrew Square Apartments
3.5 out of 5
9 South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is £97 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
Located in New Town, this apartment building is steps away from St. Andrew Square and Princes Street. George Street and Edinburgh Dungeon are also within 5 minutes. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (215 reviews)
"Had a great time apartment very clean. Great location. Bit disappointed when we got there & couldn’t get in phoned the number I was given & hadn’t been told we had to pay £200 deposit! Got sorted in the end & eventually got in. Would definitely recommend & will most definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2020

Destiny Scotland - St. Andrew Square Apartments
Haymarket Apartments
Haymarket Apartments
4 out of 5
6 Torphichen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is £95 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in Haymarket, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Princes Street and Usher Hall. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (233 reviews)
"Great apartment, clean and spacious, location is 10 minutes from Edinburgh centre Nice touch with the"

Reviewed on 27 May 2021

Haymarket Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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