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Edinburgh

Edinburgh still breathes the spirit of its past, with its streets running through town like scars of bygone eras. Yet, amidst this tapestry of history, the city gracefully blends ancient heritage with vibrant modernity. Walk the historic Royal Mile, where centuries of stories unfold, explore the bustling Princes Street, and discover the allure of Edinburgh's world-renowned festivals like the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With remarkable architecture, tranquil green spaces, and a wealth of exciting attractions, it's no wonder this city has ignited the imaginations of countless authors and poets throughout history.

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Old Town
Old Town, Edinburgh

Kick off your visit to Edinburgh with a visit to the Old Town. With its narrow winding streets, medieval architecture, and centuries-old buildings, this charming district is the best place to get a glimpse into the city's rich heritage. Stroll along the famous Royal Mile, a vibrant thoroughfare lined with shops, traditional pubs, and historical sites. Explore the hidden 'closes' and alleys that unveil stories of Edinburgh's past, and visit iconic landmarks like the imposing Edinburgh Castle and the beautiful St Giles' Cathedral.

Edinburgh Castle
Castlehill, Edinburgh

Perched atop Castle Rock, overlooking Scotland's capital for over a millennium, the iconic Edinburgh Castle holds a storied past as a military fortress and royal residence. Today, it stands proudly as a museum, showcasing a wealth of historic and precious treasures. Admire the splendour of the Scottish Crown Jewels, marvel at the ancient Stone of Destiny, and witness the medieval bombard known as Mons Meg. After exploring the castle's interior, venture outside to stroll along the charming cobbled promenades and meander through winding stone steps. As you do, bask in the breathtaking vistas that stretch across the city, providing a picturesque backdrop to your visit.

Contini George Street
103 George Street, Edinburgh

Set in one of Edinburgh’s most stunning rooms—a grand, columned Georgian hall — Contini is a family-run restaurant that offers an authentic modern Italian dining experience. With a commitment to quality, the restaurant sources its produce directly from the markets in Italy, ensuring the freshest ingredients for its ever-evolving monthly menus. Indulge in the delightful taste of homemade pasta and mouthwatering Puglian focaccia, made fresh each morning, and make sure to save room for a dessert, such as the heavenly tiramisu.

Number One
1 Princes Street, Edinburgh

Experience the epitome of sophisticated Scottish fine dining at Number One, located within the enchanting luxury of the Balmoral Hotel. Widely recognized as one of Scotland's finest restaurants, Number One showcases the culinary prowess of its chefs, who skillfully combine classic flavours with a modern flair to create seasonal Scottish dishes that captivate the senses.

Traditional Scottish Souvenirs
Royal Mile, Edinburgh

If you're 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 specialities such as luxuriously soft cashmere, the unavoidable kilts, bagpipes, and whisky.

Heritage of Scotland
459-461 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh

If you want to take a piece of Scotland home with you, then do not miss a visit to Heritage of Scotland, the ultimate store for all things Scottish. They have kilts, bagpipes, rugby shirts, Celtic and Scottish jewellery, suits of armour, and so much more.

Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is located 11 km west of the city, and connections to the city centre usually take between 25-30 minutes regardless of whether you go by bus, taxi, or rented car. The Airlink 100 and Skylink 200 and 400 services provide fantastic connections across the city of Edinburgh. Tickets can be bought in advance online, at the bus stop, or from the driver. If you arrive 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 the Ocean Terminal in Leith between 12:45 am and 4:15 am 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 to the Ocean Terminal. It departs every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 30 minutes in the evenings and Sundays. Taxis are located on the first 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. It is conveniently located with direct access to the terminal and easy to book in advance via the airport website.

Best Time to Visit

Late spring and summer's longer days and warmer temperatures make these periods the best time to visit Edinburgh. It's important to note that Edinburgh's weather can be unpredictable, with rain showers occurring throughout the year. Therefore, it's advisable to pack layers and be prepared for changing weather conditions regardless of the season you choose to visit.

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