Welcome to our Edinburgh Guide
If you are planning a short break to Scotland’s renowned capital our Edinburgh Guide can help you plan your visit. Steeped in history and rich with culture Edinburgh is a vibrant city full of outstanding sights, world class attractions and striking architecture. Granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its remarkable blend of medieval old town with the Georgian new town Edinburgh is a city not to be missed. From the distinctive Edinburgh Castle, towering above the city, to the majestic Royal Yacht Britannia and the Scottish House of Parliament Edinburgh is full of amazing sites for you to discover.
Whether planning a romantic getaway, family holiday or a city break with friends our Edinburgh guide provides an insight into all this wonderful city has to offer. During the day why not explore the array of shops on Princes Street, take a walk up to the legendary Arthur’s Seat or visit the city’s oldest attraction Camera Obscura. A trip to Edinburgh would not be complete without seeing the amazing Edinburgh Castle, home to the world renowned Edinburgh Tattoo and the National War Museum of Scotland. With plenty of cafes and bars throughout the city you can stop and refuel before continuing on your way. Take a stroll along the Royal Mile home to many of Edinburgh’s oldest buildings, including the Palace of Holyrood House and the famed Mary King's Close.
When the evening draws in Edinburgh comes to life. With ghost walks, great theatre and a host of awarding winning restaurants, great pubs and chic bars Edinburgh nightlife is thriving. Need inspiration then the Edinburgh guide can point you in the right direction.
See the views from the spectacular Edinburgh Castle.
Discover the hidden streets beneath the city in Mary Kings Close.
See the beautiful views from the top of Arthurs Seat.
Discover the streets of Edinburgh with a spooky ghost tour.
Take in a play at the fantastic Edinburgh Playhouse.
Catch some comedy at the hilarious Jongleurs comedy club.
Travelling to Edinburgh
Edinburgh is one of the UK’s most popular cities attracting thousands of visitors each year. Regular train services, excellent road links and a local airport make Edinburgh easily accessible by rail, road and air.
Edinburgh Waverly is situated in the heart of the city and is the main station into Edinburgh, while Edinburgh Haymarket places you in the heart of the West End. From the city there are excellent links across the UK including many direct trains on the East Coast route.
If you are heading from the North of Scotland, Edinburgh has excellent links to the M9 and M90. The main motorway access to Edinburgh is via the M8 which links directly to Glasgow, about an hour away, and connects to the M74 towards Carlisle and the rest of England.
Edinburgh Airport sits just outside the city and is easily accessible via the M8 and the M9. There are many hotels at Edinburgh Airport, with some including long stay parking. As well as international flights there are around 40 flights a day to London, taking around an hour.
Getting Around in Edinburgh
The compact city of Edinburgh is easy to navigate with most attractions within walking distance of each other. With regular bus services and multiple taxi ranks it’s easy to get around this magnificent city.
With around 300 First Bus services throughout the Edinburgh area it is quick and easy to get around the Scottish capital by bus. There are also airport, city and night bus services run by Lothian Buses and multiple sightseeing, open top bus services that tour the city attractions.
There are many taxi companies in the city of Edinburgh that can be booked or picked up from the multiple taxi ranks across the city. To avoid un-reliable services check with your hotel in Edinburgh for their preferred service or have them book you a taxi.
Edinburgh is a relatively compact city, meaning that walking from one side to the other or from one attraction to another is quite straight forward. Edinburgh is also a bike friendly city with many cycle lanes and bike routes as well as plenty of places to hire cycles to explore on your own.