One of Europe’s most beautiful cities and home to the famous Edinburgh Festival each August, Edinburgh is a city as compact as it is diverse. Best explored on foot, you’ll discover a series of diverse areas, from the medieval alleyways and cobbled streets of Old Town to New Town’s elegant Georgian avenues. When on holiday in Edinburgh, you should start in the city centre with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, the city’s most popular tourist attraction and home to the Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and spectacular views of the city. Then, make your way down the Royal Mile towards the Palace of Holyroodhouse, taking in the historic tenement buildings, St Giles’ Cathedral and The Real Mary King’s Close along the way. Drop into the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre to learn about the ‘water of life’, or follow the Water of Leith walkway to the shores of the Firth of Forth. Here, you can board the Royal Yacht Britannia, or refuel at some of Edinburgh’s best bars and restaurants. If you choose self-catering accommodation in Edinburgh, you can also take advantage of the award-wining Edinburgh Farmers’ Market, a great way to experience true local life.
Accommodation in Edinburgh
HouseTrip offers a range of great Edinburgh accommodation options including a number of superb self catering Edinburgh apartments. Whether visiting Edinburgh as a couple, a family or with a group of friends, your own Edinburgh apartment provides great value for money – more space, more privacy and more freedom for less than the price of a hotel room. Best of all, you can book a holiday apartment in Edinburgh on HouseTrip in as little as six clicks.
When to go to Edinburgh
While you should prepare for rain at any time (this is Scotland, after all), May, June and September offer travellers the greatest odds of clear skies and sunshine. To experience Edinburgh at its buzzing best, though, you can’t go past a visit in August for the annual Edinburgh Festival.
Getting to and around Edinburgh
All flights to Edinburgh arrive at its only airport, 8 miles west of the city. Once you arrive, taxis can be quite expensive and driving your own car is more cumbersome than convenient, so you might want to stick to public transport, particularly buses. Hop on and off, open top bus tours are very popular with tourists and offer visitors a great, affordable introduction the city.