City Trippers

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh

Why?
To experience the perfect blend of Scottish history, cuisine and hospitality that makes this enchanting city one of the UK’s most enjoyed locations.

When?
If you don’t mind the sometimes-inclement weather then Edinburgh has something for everyone year round. The world famous Edinburgh Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival are hugely popular but if you don’t want to go avoid August, when everything gets booked up.

Where to visit?
Tough one because Scotland’s historical city has everything from castles and dungeons to family attractions and nightclubs.

Be sure to visit the iconic Edinburgh Castle, packed with interest. If you’re looking for a scare then the Edinburgh Dungeons will provide plenty of gruesome fun.

If frights aren’t your thing, the Dynamic Earth should be top of your list. It houses a science museum, which incorporates natural history and goes a long way towards making geology accessible for visitors of all ages.

The Camera Obscura and the World of Illusion attractions are brilliant fun and well worth a visit and you can’t leave this great city without going on one of the famous night-time walks, filled with atmosphere and fascinating facts. 

Where to stay?
Hotels to match every budget mean you are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation. The Balmoral Hotel offers luxury on Princes Street, the perfect location but if you’re watching the pennies Edinburgh also has hostels and less expensive rooms. One place we’d suggest trying is the Ramada Mount Royal. 

Where to eat?
Edinburgh has no less than 5 Michelin Star restaurants as well as eateries to suit every budget. 

Stand-out places are the 21212 restaurant and Number One at the Balmoral if you want fine dining. If you’re looking for a more modest spend without a compromise on quality and love seafood then look no further than The Ship on The Shore for a meal you’re likely to remember!

Getting around town
The main airport is less than 30 minutes from the city centre by car or taxi and there’s plenty of public transport should you choose to use of buses or trains.

Once you get to the city itself pretty much everything is accessible by foot, especially if you decide to stay on or close to Princes Street.

George R Vaughan

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