Introducing the city

3 * Hotel p/n £30.06

One-way ticket £1.61

Beer £3.93

Main Course £11.08

About Edinburgh

Cobbled streets, unique charm and a spectacular skyline known across the world; Edinburgh is the city where contemporary style meets historical grace.

If you ask an uninitiated visitor to describe Scotland, they’ll probably list some half-baked clichés about kilts, haggis or Irn Bru. You might even get a rendition of The Proclaimers’ ‘500 Miles’ if you’re (un)lucky.

But those of us living in the real world know Scotland as an amalgam of natural beauty, textured history and eclectic architecture. And nowhere can this be seen more than in the country’s capital city, Edinburgh.

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Weather

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When Should You Visit?

Weather-wise, the best time to visit Edinburgh is during the summer months, but this is also the city’s busiest time for tourism. So if you want to avoid the crowds, winter and spring are your best bets for getting the most from the city, without any unwelcome claustrophobia.

Scotland is not exactly known for its sunny spells and blue skies. Edinburgh has a temperate climate, meaning it rains often and summers are mild rather than hot. Temperatures in the summer months average around 18-19 degrees Celsius, whilst the winters are cold with average temperatures hovering above the freezing mark in January.

It’s certainly a city where a decent coat, an umbrella and sensible footwear are a must, no matter what it looks like through the window in the morning.

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Travioor top tips

Edinburgh Zoo
Gallery
Spirit tasting

Insider Info

  • Edinburgh Zoo is one of the best zoos in the world and is a great day out for all animal lovers. The penguin parade is a particular event to factor into your trip.

  • You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to art and culture in Edinburgh, but we have a particular soft spot for the quirky, contemporary Jupiter Artland park and gallery, showcasing outdoor work by leading sculpture and land artists.

  • For fans of the finer things in life, go on a whisky or gin tasting tour and really get a taste of the Scottish spirit.

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Food and drink

Main Course £11.08

3-Course Meal £50.35

Cappuccino £2.66

Beer £3.93

The Scene

We have four words for any nervous eaters who are new to Scotland: don’t fear the haggis. Contrary to popular belief, Scotland’s national dish is really tasty, and resembles a peppery version of minced beef. Eaten with potatoes and parsnips, or ‘haggis, neeps and tatties’ as it’s lovingly referred to, and often covered in a whisky sauce, this speciality is certainly an opportunity to grab with both hands.

Edinburgh has more bars and restaurants per capita than any other city in the UK and is home to five of Scotland’s 16 Michelin-starred restaurants, so there is a good mix of high-end dining and more budget-friendly options to be found.

And since you’re never far from a coast in Scotland, the seafood game is strong. Try the fish and chips and smoked salmon, but don’t forget the cullen skink; a thick soup made from smoked haddock.

Edinburgh has a lively and extensive pub scene, so if in doubt about what to eat and drink, head to your local pub and ask for the specials.

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History

Edinburgh’s Story

Recent research has shown that there were signs of human activity in the Edinburgh area from at least 5000 BC, with fortifications evident from around 1000 BC. A fortress city, Edinburgh has been home to a variety of inhabitants. Over time, Celtic and Roman occupants were followed by Northumbrians and Scots.

In the 15th Century, the city was made Scotland's capital, but its importance as the political centre of Scotland was then diminished by the Union of 1707 with England. Later cultural and architectural achievements in the 18th to 19th centuries, along with its seven hills, earned Edinburgh the title 'Athens of the North'. And in 1995, the city's Old Town and New Town were jointly recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Today, Edinburgh is a cultural mecca and represents a vast proportion of Scotland’s tourist economy.

Language

English

The main language spoken in Scotland is English, while Scots and Scottish Gaelic are minority languages. The dialect of English spoken in Scotland is referred to as Scottish English. The city is multicultural, so you can expect to hear a wide variety of languages throughout your stay.

Need to know

+44 Dialling Code
999 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Whilst the bus and tram services are dependable and cheap, the best way to explore the city is undoubtedly on foot. We recommend bringing strong and sturdy footwear.
  • Edinburgh uses British sterling, but don’t be alarmed if you see some odd-looking bank notes as Scotland print a variety of their own.
  • By bus is the best way to get from the airport into the city centre, with average journey times taking just under 30 minutes.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the UK here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Arthur's Seat

Put a pair of decent trainers on and climb Arthur’s Seat, the glorious apex of Holyrood Park that towers over the city.

2. Edinburgh Castle

You haven’t done Edinburgh until you’ve explored the iconic Edinburgh Castle. The historic fortress is (literally) steeped in history and well worth making time for.

3. The Royal Mile

Connecting Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Mile connects the modern heart of the city to the Old Town and is great fun to stroll along.

4. Museums

Edinburgh has a plethora of museums for all, but you have to visit the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery.

5. Festivals

The city is famous for its festival culture, from its comedic Fringe Festival to the vibrant International Festival. Read up what’s on before you go so you don’t miss out.


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