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Edinburgh City Guide

Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, nestled between extinct volcanoes and hills, is almost fairytale in appearance, with its medieval buildings in the Old Town and the wide streets and spacious homes Georgian New Town, and the spectacular castle looking down from its cliff. Edinburgh was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995, which only begs the question: why did it take so long?

Edinburgh Castle has to be the most beautiful building in town. This fortress is built over an ancient extinct volcano, defended the city against attacks for hundreds of years. Below this you’ll find The Royal Mile, which is an ideal place to start your exploration of the Scottish capital. The cobblestone streets connect the Palace of Holyrood, the current official royal residence, with its medieval counterpart, Edinburgh Castle. Along the route you will find some of the most important buildings of the city, such as St. Giles' Cathedral and Parliament House.

It is only a short walk to Princes Street Gardens, which stretch along Princes Street, the main shopping area of ​​the city. In this beautiful green space you’ll find memorials and monuments, including the Scott Monument, built in striking Gothic style in honour of the writer, Sir. Walter Scott; from its galleries you have an incredible view of the city.

But that’s not even the best. From the hills rising up behind the city, the view is even more beautiful. Hike to the top of Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano, and up Calton Hill, which houses a number of impressive monuments, including the National Monument.

If you want escape the beaten track, Edinburgh also has a number of lesser-known locations. Dean Village is located in a green area and is just five minutes drive from the city centre. In this harbor district you’ll find numerous bars, cafes and restaurants. It is also the final resting place for the royal yacht Britannia. This magnificent ship served the British royal family for over 40 years all over the world’s hazardous waters.

The two most popular months to visit Edinburgh, are December and August. In August there are several art festivals, including the legendary Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh Art Festival. In December, there are all kinds of Christmas attractions and markets. The month ends with one of the most famous street parties in the world: Edinburgh's Hogmanay.


Guide to Exploring Edinburgh


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Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Kirknewton
4.4
of 5, from 367 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Kirknewton hotel is located near the airport, 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Heriot Watt University, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Gyle Shopping Centre and Edinburgh Corn Exchange. Edinburgh Zoo and Our Dynamic Earth are also within 9 mi (15 km).

€93
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

23-27 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
4.5
of 5, from 902 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This handsomely updated landmark building stands at the east end of Edinburgh's famous Princes Street. The Waverley train station is a two-minute walk. Edinburgh Castle is just 0.9 km (0.6 mi) away.

€44
The City Suites

The City Suites

Western Harbour Midway, Edinburgh
4.1
of 5, from 207 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Leith, this apartment is within 3 mi (5 km) of Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, and Princes Street Gardens. Palace of Holyroodhouse and Royal Botanic Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km).

€71
Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

61 Grassmarket, Edinburgh
4.4
of 5, from 642 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Two blocks from towering Edinburgh Castle, this hotel is in Old Town's bustling Grassmarket district, with the Waverley railway station and four major theaters within a half-mile.

Mackenzie Guest House

Mackenzie Guest House

2 East Hermitage Place, Edinburgh
4.1
of 5, from 18 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Leith, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Easter Road Stadium, Royal Yacht Britannia, and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Arthur's Seat are also within 2 mi (3 km).

€83
Apex Grassmarket Hotel

Apex Grassmarket Hotel

31-35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh
4.2
of 5, from 939 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Set on the cobbled Grassmarket, this contemporary hotel is overlooked by Edinburgh Castle, and is within 500 metres of The Royal Mile and Princes Street gardens.

Royal Mile Residence

Royal Mile Residence

217 Royal Mile, Edinburgh
4.7
of 5, from 3 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

These apartments are located throughout the area in Edinburgh.

€69
Edinburgh Marriott Hotel

Edinburgh Marriott Hotel

111 Glasgow Road, Edinburgh
4.2
of 5, from 454 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located between Edinburgh Airport and Zoo this hotel is a 5 minute walk from the Gyle Shopping mall and Edinburgh Business Park. Local bus stops outside the hotel and runs between airport and city centre.

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