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Scotland’s enchanting capital of 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 it has served as inspiration for so many authors and poets.

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Old Town
Old Town, Edinburgh

The Old Town is Edinburgh's oldest neighbourhood and is filled with historic monuments, narrow streets, and lovely shops and pubs with tons of personality. Its charming architecture and its rich history will leave you in awe.

Edinburgh Castle
Castlehill, Edinburgh

Towering majestically over the city, this iconic and fascinating castle serves three main roles: royal palace, historic fortress, and war museum. Check out the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, and medieval bombard Mons Meg, and end your visit admiring the stunning view over the city.

Contini Ristorante
103 George Street, Edinburgh

Contini Ristorante serves all the classic Italian dishes and specialties with an innovative twist. When going through the menu, look out for the fresh fish dishes, delicious Italian wines, and make sure you have room for a dessert, such as the heavenly tiramisu.

Britannia Spice
150 Commercial Street Ocean Drive, Edinburgh

Britannia Spice is an award-winning restaurant offering the best food from Bangladesh, northern India, Thailand, and Nepal. Besides its outstanding dishes, its location is just perfect—it is located situated in Leith, facing The Royal Yacht Britannia.

Closes, 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, jewelers, and kilt designer shops. To regain some strength and energy after a long shopping spree, nibble on some shortbread, typical Scottish biscuits sold everywhere.

Victoria Street
Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Right by the Royal Mile you will find Victoria Street, where brightly coloured shops line up to sell all sorts of products to the city's visitors. Pick up artisan cheese, cutting edge fashion, or authentic Scottish design products, and when the hunger kicks in, head over to one of the many restaurants and pubs located within this vibrant area.

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is located 11 km west of the city, and connections to the city take usually 25-30 minutes to get to the city regardless of whether you go by bus, taxi or rented car. Airlink express bus number 100 operates from the airport 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 takes 30 minutes. 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 tothe 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 the 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 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 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.

Best Time to Visit

Late spring and summer's longer days and warmer temperatures make these periods the best time to visit Edinburgh. However, rain can be expected at anytime in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland, even in summer.

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