Scotland’s enchanting capital Edinburgh is a city of striking contrasts. Perched dramatically on an extinct volcano, the world-famous Edinburgh Castle is visible from almost any point in the city, a constant reminder of Edinburgh’s long and fascinating history. As you explore the city’s striking architecture, tranquil green spaces and exciting attractions, you will soon understand why so many authors and poets have been inspired to create iconic characters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sherlock Holmes and more recently Harry Potter.

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Old Town

The Old Town is Edinburgh´s oldest neighbourhood and is filled with historic monuments, narrow streets, lovely shops and pubs with tons of personality. Its architecture, charm and its past, which you can get a grasp of at every corner, will leave you in awe.

Old Town, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle

Towering majestically over the city, the iconic castle will fascinate you with its three roles: Royal palace, historic fortress and war museum. Check out the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and medieval bombard Mons Meg, before admiring the stunning view over Edinburgh.

Castlehill, Edinburgh
Contini Ristorante

Contini Ristorante, serves all the classic Italian dishes and specialties with an innovative twist. When reading through the menu, look out for the fresh fish, delicious Italian wines and make sure you have room for a dessert, - Tiramisu anyone?

103 George Street, Edinburgh
Pancho Villa's

You might encounter this colourful restaurant while strolling in the Old Town, Pancho Villa's is a Mexican eatery, popular among tourists, residents and students. Boasting homemade chili, guacamole and special margaritas, this spot offers an incredibly lively atmosphere!

240 Canongate, Edinburgh
Traditional Scottish souvenirs

If you are looking for traditional Scottish artefacts and souvenirs, head to the cobbled streets of the Old Town - the Royal Mile is packed with shops selling Scottish specialties such as luxuriously soft cashmere, the unavoidable kilts, bagpipes and whisky.

Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Do not miss the small streets in Edinburgh Old Town, the so-called 'closes', which not only hide cosy backyards but also cheese shops, jewellers and kilt designers. To regain some strength and energy after a long shopping spree, nibble on some shortbread, typical Scottish biscuits sold everywhere.

Closes, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is only 11 km west of the city, but it will take nearly 25-30 minutes to get to the city regardless of whether you go by bus, taxi or rented car. From the airport, take the Airlink express bus no.100, just outside the main entrance (Stop D). This bus runs to Waverley Bridge (close to Princes Street and the main rail and bus stations). It departs every 10 minutes during the day and the journey time is 30 minutes. Tickets can be bought in advance online, at the bus stop, or from the driver. If you travel by night, take the night bus N22 (from stop D). This bus runs from the airport via South Gyle to the city centre and to Ocean Terminal in Leith between 00:45 and 04:15 seven nights a week. It departs every 30 minutes. There is also the bus service 35 (from stop F) that runs to the city centre and on to Ocean Terminal. It departs every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 30 minutes in the evenings and Sundays. Taxi prices to and from the airport vary and many of the vehicles are adapted for disabled people. Taxis are located on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park opposite the main terminal building. Edinburgh Airport has a car hire centre where you can find all the major car hire companies such as Hertz, AVIS, Europecar, Alamo, Budget and Sixt. It is conveniently located with direct access to the terminal and easy to book in advance via the airport website.


Public Transport

There are a number of bus companies. The largest are First Edinburgh and Lothian Buses, you can use both to get around town or explore the surrounding coast and countryside. For both companies you can purchase tickets on the bus, in shops, online or on the mobile app. Edinburgh is a small and fairly compact city though, and most destinations in the city are within walking distance. Lothian Buses - Internet: First Edinburgh - Internet: