From world-famous festivals to the glorious coast and countryside of the nearby Lothians; the dynamic Scottish capital is the perfect place for a weekend break or daytrip-.
No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without a visit to the Edinburgh Castle. Built atop extinct volcanic rock and towering over the Royal Mile, Scotland’s favourite tourist attraction dominates the city skyline. Sneak a peak at the crown jewels or witness the guns being fired.
The biggest and most celebrated arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival pulls in over 2,000 shows across August, ranging from spoken word and comedy to theatre and dance. A number of other festivals run throughout the summer, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Edinburgh’s wealth of green space makes it hard to believe you’re even in a city. Along with beautiful gardens and parks, you’ll discover inner-city trails and rivers that offer you a break from the hustle and bustle. Princes Street Gardens is a hub of flora and fauna, while the Royal Botanic Garden is considered to be one of the finest in the world.
Those looking for a golden photo opportunity should head to Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano that lies within Holyrood Park. Head to the craggy top for panoramic views across Edinburgh.
If you’re willing to travel a little further, the neighbouring Lothians offer you the chance to explore unspoilt coastline and enchanting castles in Scotland’s beautiful Lowlands.
On a shoestring: Urban Angel. Bright and breezy café serving up some of the best breakfasts in the city centre. Don’t just stop at breakfast though – try lunch, dinner and tea and cake, too.
Middle of the road: The Apartment. Hip little joint serving well sourced, seasonal produce with ever-changing menus. Delicious.
Bigger budgets: Number One. Michelin Starred Scottish/French cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. Luxuriously located in the five star Balmoral Hotel.
The famous Princes Street is a great place to start. Along with its mix of high street and designer outlets, you’ll also find the iconic department store, Jenners - a city institution since 1838.
Edinburgh’s Royal Mile offers those travelling to Edinburgh a chance to pick up the perfect souvenirs while the West End houses a variety of quirky and kitsch boutiques selling vintage clothes and rare books.