Edinburgh holidays

Essential Information

When To Go

Spring, Summer, Autumn
April, May

June – August
September

Getting There

30 £GBP

LCY → EDI

Stay There

121 £GBP

3-star hotel

Visas

Tourist Visa
not required

Freedom of movement

Currency
Pound sterling
1.00 USD = 0.77 GBP
CURRENT WEATHER
Mostly Cloudy
+20°C
Airport Transport

Taxi: 28 £GBP (20 min)
Bus: 13 £GBP (45 min)
Train: 5 £GBP (30 min)

Restaurants
Lunch ≈ 10 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 29 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 2.50 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.90 £GBP
Health & Safety
Travel insurance is recommended
Emergency numbers:
Ambulance: 999
Police: 999

Why Edinburgh

Discover elegant Georgian terraces that sit on seven volcanic hills when you travel to Scotland's capital on Edinburgh holidays.

Medieval towers loom over and guard the centre of the city, looking down on the beautiful Princes Street Gardens. On the broad terraces of the New Town people take a break in pavement cafes before delving into the narrow streets of the Old Town which are steeped in history. Edinburgh has a history dating back more than 1000 years, and offers a vast array of reasons to visit. From the incredible history to the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival, fantastic shopping and dramatic landscapes just a short drive away.

When to go

Don't forget to learn some facts about the climate, planning your holidays to Edinburgh. Edinburgh’s climate is relatively mild despite its northerly latitude. In winter, the daytime temperatures seldom fall below freezing. In summer, daytime temperatures are usually mild and rarely exceed 22 degrees Celsius (72 Fahrenheit).

Edinburgh is renowned as “the windy city”, with the prevailing wind coming from the south west.

Where to go/stay

Edinburgh is now one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations (second only to London in the UK). The city’s incredible history can be seen everywhere from the famous Castle that towers above streets of elegant, granite grey houses – many of which have been converted into some of best places to stay on your Edinburgh holidays.

The new wildly over-budget Scottish Parliament has given the city a new lease of life. Along the cobbled streets with their Gothic architecture you can find plenty of chic modern hotels.

Things to do

Medieval history greets Georgian elegance in a city that sure knows how to party – it makes for a unique mix, but on holidays in Edinburgh you are guaranteed of having a good time. The capital of Scotland jam-packed with must-see attractions and is host to some of the best events in the UK.

A stroll up the Royal Mile makes for the perfect introduction to the city. Start from the stunning Edinburgh Castle, follow the cobbled-street and discover many of the city’s greatest attractions including St Gile’s Cathedral, the Scotch Whisky Experience, The Scottish Parliament and finally, the 16th century Holyrood Palace – the official residence of the Queen when in Scotland.

Built atop an extinct volcano at the Royal Mile’s top is the ancient Edinburgh Castle which is the city’s most popular tourist attraction on holidays to Edinburgh. It was Scotland’s chief royal castle in the Middle Ages and is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the famed 15th century gun Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny, the National War Museum of Scotland and the One O' Clock Gun.

Edinburgh Castle is also host of one of the most iconic events in Scotland – the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Every August, hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe descend on Edinburgh for the extravaganza that showcases best military bands in the world, drummers and pipers, theatre groups and dancers. Each 90-minute show concludes with a haunting performance of the Lone Piper and a spectacular fireworks display, it truly is an unforgettable experience for Edinburgh holidays.

The National Museum of Scotland houses treasures from across the globe – from mummies to meteorites and monsters of the deep – in galleries covering world cultures, the natural world, science and technology and art and design. The fantastic Scottish galleries chart the history of the nation.

Anyone who is anyone in the theatre and comedy world would stupid to miss the largest arts festival in the world – the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The streets of city come alive with live entertainment, street theatre and buskers at every turn.