Possibly one of the oldest cities in the World, is certainly worth a visit. Edinburgh has been home to millions of Scots since the 7thcentury and we are sure all of them fell madly and deeply in love with it. The city is divided between the new town (North) and the old town (South). You can clearly see this divide when you visit the World-famousEdinburgh Castle (£18.50/adult).
As well as Edinburgh Castle, which sits on top ofan extinct volcano, other notable attractions include the Royal Yacht Britannia, the outdoor spectacle that is Arthurs Seat and some Harry Potter inspiring sites made famous by J K Rowling. Plus, they have a strong art culture, with multiple museum s and galleries.
If you are planning a 48 hour or longer trip to Edinburgh, then the Royal Edinburgh Ticket may be perfect for you. Priced at £55 per adult, £48 for students and seniors and £30 for children aged 5 – 15. This cost effective and time saving card includes access to three royal attractions - Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Holyrood Palace.
Edinburgh is an incredibly affordable city to eat any time of the day, so no need to drop a pocket full of cash. Many and most meals will set you back less than £10. There are many Scottish and British cuisine restaurants within the city. But, Asian restaurants offering Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisines are also very popular. The food culture is very eclectic.
Begin your stay with a hearty breakfast at Oink Grassmarketin the Old Town on Victoria Street. They serve rolls in varying sizes depending on how hungry you are. For the not so hungry order the Piglet (£2.95), if you are starving buy the Grunter (£4.95). If you feel middle of the road with your hunger pangs, try the Oink (£3.95).
For a traditional Scottish lunch visit The Dogs, a popular local place to dine, like the Scottish Café and Restaurant on St George Street.
There are very few poor places to eat in Edinburgh. Before entering any eatery check the door or outside window for a sticker showing their government hygiene rating. If it has been awarded a 4 or 5 and there are people inside eating then it is most likely a great place to eat.
Where to Stay
Edinburgh has lots of low-cost hotels offering comfortable rooms, and some also offer a tasty breakfast to start your day of Scottish adventure. For people only wanting a bed and hot shower stay at the Haymarket Hub Hotel within the city centre. Double rooms for 2 sharing adults range from £76-£121, depending on the day of the week and season.
Another hotel offering affordable rooms is the EasyHotel on Princes Street West. Double rooms with windows start at £34 a night and go up to £99, for a Saturday night stay.
Due to the small size of the city, practically everywhere will allow you to access the city’s treats.
Edinburgh is a reasonably small city so walking around it is simple and not too consuming. However, if you choose to purchase the previously mentioned Royal Edinburgh ticket you will have unlimited hop-on hop-off access to the city’s 3 bus tours for the 48-hour ticket duration. Are offer Wheelchair and Class 2 mobility scooter accessible. Find out more about the Royal Edinburgh ticket here.
Do visit a whisky distillery. There are over a 100 in Scotland, many of which can be found in Edinburgh.
Do look up and around as you walk. Edinburgh is home to more than 16 thousand historical buildings. Many of which have incredible details that begin at ground level all the way up to the roof and spires.
Enjoy walking the Royal Mile at different times of day to get the full experience, as the atmosphere changes from day to night.
Don’t visit in the Winter if you hate the cold. Edinburgh experiences temperatures lower than 10°C from November to April.
Don’t visit without a raincoat or umbrella. It rains every month of the year, especially October. The driest month on average is April, according to Holiday-Weather.
Don’t limit yourself to the city centre. Plan some additional days to explore the surrounding areas such as the picturesque Pentland Hills.
Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson said “Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be.” Let us know if you agree.