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

10-15 mins walk to Princes St, beautiful outlooks, Stockbridge village nearby

Outstanding large drawing room apartment with beautiful outlooks to private gardens, within 10-15 minutes walk to Princes Street. This first floor apartment is within a converted town house circa 1890 and is decorated to a very high standard, re...

Dicksonfield Apartment - central & quiet location with parking

Perfectly located within a short walking distance to Edinburgh's attractions, shops and restaurants and with excellent transport links this spacious 2 bed apartment is situated on the first floor of a quiet residential development. There is a lig...

Simpson Loan, Central Edinburgh, 2 bed apartment

The apartment is within the Quartermile area, in the heart of Edinburgh, next to the University and the Meadows. It has 2 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, one ensuite. There is a fully equipped kitchen, leading through to the living area. The apar...

Luxury Thistle New Town 1 Bed Apt 300m to Princes St Superb City Centre Location

- Thistle Street, built in 1780 is the oldest street in the New Town of Edinburgh and is part of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage Area - sleeps 2 to 4 people, entrance hall, kitchen/breakfast bar, en-suite bedroom - well-appointed 1 bedroom, re...

1 Bdr Flat w/ Warm Decor: A true Leith Experience

The space Lovely bright and newly decorated ground floor flat with large living room, period fireplace and large double bedroom located in a quiet street just of Leith walk. Enjoy the high specification decoration and fitments throughout includin...