Edinburgh Travel Guide

The Scottish capital Edinburgh is one of the world’s great cultural cities. It boasts a rich heritage of great art, literature and the arts, with such famous names as Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns all inexorably woven into the story and fabric of the city. It came as no surprise when Edinburgh was named by UNESCO as its first ever City of Literature. Edinburgh, though, is no cultural timepiece or finished masterpiece; today, it's home to a dynamic and energetic cultural scene that visitors to the city can tap into.

Cultural itinerary By Robin McKelvie
  1. 1. National Museum
  2. 2. National Gallery of Scotland
  3. 3. Gallery of Modern Art
  4. 4. Edinburgh Summer Festivals
  5. 5. The Stand
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Family Itinerary By Heather Mc
  1. 1. Edinburgh Zoo
  2. 2. Edinburgh Castle
  3. 3. Ghost Tours
  4. 4. Edinburgh Dungeons
  5. 5. Botanical Gardens
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Nightlife itinerary By Kirsten Alana
  1. 1. The Liquidroom
  2. 2. The Standing Order
  3. 3. 1780
  4. 4. Urban Angel
  5. 5. Cocktails at Harvey Nichols
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Edinburgh temperatures
Main Events
25th January
Burns night
Edinburgh is the perfect city in which to pay tribute to Scotland’s most famous son.
01-25 August
Fringe Festival
For four weeks, half a million people attend the world’s largest arts festival.
New Year
Experience the street party and spectacular firework show that ushers in a new year.
How to get to Edinburgh
Times to Waverley Station
Edinburgh EDI
  • Taxi 23'
  • Train -
  • Bus 31'
Glasgow GLA
  • Taxi 1h9
  • Train 1h53
  • Bus 2h3
Dundee DND
  • Taxi 1h11
  • Train 1h55
  • Bus 2h22




Edinburgh Holiday Accommodation

Elegant & Spacious City Centre Apartment With Castle Views- 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom

An amazingly central location with easy access to all areas. Seconds away from Princes Street, a 5 minute walk to the main train station, a 2 minute walk to the airport tram, a short walk from Edinburgh Castle. Location, location, location! This ...

Old Town - Gorgeous Apartment in Quiet Location - Royal Mile 2

Charming apartment is set in quiet historic courtyard just off the Royal Mile in the heart of the city's Old Town. With many good shops, cafes and restaurants nearby as well as lots cultural and historical places to visit. This is the perfect plac...

Large period property in a leafy setting, lots of space to explore - sleeps 10

Lakeside House is a charming large and extended two storey Georgian cottage with a great mix of period character and modernity. This B listed house is situated in the most enviable position, a quiet 'country like village' with lovely views of Arth...

One Bed Apartment In Edinburgh's City Centre

This fabulous apartment is just seconds from Princes Street and all of Edinburgh’s main sightseeing areas. It is a first floor, one bedroom property, sleeping four in total. The delightful open plan living area has full-length windows, and almost...

The Fleshmarket Close Residence

Be at the very heart of Edinburgh’s vibrant, historic Old Town in this stunningly located 3 bedroom property. A mere five minutes walk to Edinburgh Castle, a visit to the Fleshmarket Close Residence will leave you feeling like a pampered Royal in ...