Edinburgh Guides

Quick facts:

  • Location: Edinburgh, Capital of Scotland
  • Language: English
  • Population of city: 450,000
  • Nearest airport: Edinburgh Airport
  • Main train/bus station(s): Edinburgh Waverley Train Station
  • Best time to visit? Edinburgh is ideal to visit all year around, of course in the Summer months you will experience milder temperatures
  • Budget level? ££
  • Best for: Festivals, Outdoors, shopping, food

Main Districts

Old Town

The medieval old town is home to the Royal Mile, with many bars, restaurants and squares dotted around the cobbled streets. You will also find many of Edinburgh’s attractions here.

New Town

Edinburgh's new town, built due to overcrowding in the old town, maintains the city’s Georgian style, with a modern edge. The new town is well known as being a key shopping district in Edinburgh.

Stockbridge and Canonmills

North of the New town you will find Stockbridge and Cannonmills. The area is home to the Royal Botanic Garden and boasts a popular shopping scene.

Top Attractions

Edinburgh Castle

Sitting on top of an extinct volcano, many visit the castle for its amazing views over the city. Within the castle are many interesting buildings to explore.

Arthur's Seat

The highest point in Holyrood Park is Arthur’s seat, giving amazing views over the city.

Calton Hill

In the city centre you will find Calton Hill, on top of the hill sits an Athenian Acropolis.

The Royal Botanic Garden

A short way out of the city centre is a plant lovers paradise; the botanic gardens. The gardens are stunning to walk around and admire the views of the city in the distance.

Edinburgh Dungeon

If you are looking for a more thrilling activity to do whilst in Edinburgh then the dungeons is for you. The experience will guide you through some of the darker sides of the city’s past.

Best Places To Go Out

  • Cabaret Volaire
  • The Bow Bar
  • The Hive Club
  • The Liquid Room
  • Bramble Bar & Lounge

Cultural Attractions

National Museum of Scotland

St Giles Cathedral

The Real Mary King's Close

National Galleries of Scotland

Free Walking Tour

Free walking tours run every day at 11:00am and 1:00pm infront of the Royal Mile’s Coffee House. The tour lasts 2 hours and takes you around the most interesting spots in Edinburgh.