Edinburgh

Euroventure city guide

Edinburgh

Euroventure city guide

Everything you need to know about Edinburgh

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

Top Attractions

Edinburgh Castle

Once the home of royalty and the site of Medieval battles, Edinburgh castle is one of the most impressive historical attractions in the city. Take a guided tour of the fortress, marvel at the oldest crown jewels in Britain or, explore the Scottish National War Museum. One of the most famous celebrations that takes place at the castle is the Royal Military Tattoo. Every August, firework displays and illuminations light up the esplanade for a spectacle set to traditional Scottish music.

Arthur's Seat

For those looking for a proper hike, Arthur’s seat provides the best views of the city. This extinct volcano is the highest point in Holyrood Royal Park. At 251m high, it offers incredible panoramic views of both the old and new town below.

The Old Town

Edinburgh’s Old Town runs along the Royal Mile, stretching from the Castle at one end to Holyrood Palace at the other. Hidden among the tiny alleyways are hundreds of boutique shops providing the perfect place to find your souvenirs. Wander along Victoria Street to find colourful shop fronts and alternative cafes or, visit the famous ‘Camera Obscura’ for an afternoon of interactive optical illusions.

Calton Hill

Carlton Hill is a great spot to visit if you’re looking for an amazing view requiring slightly less exercise than Arthur’s Seat. Found right in the city centre, it is recognisable from the huge acropolis perched on top of the hill. It’s a great place to stop in the middle of a busy day of sight-seeing.

Prince's Street

At the heart of the new town is Prince’s Street. Just a short walk from Edinburgh’s main train station is this 1.2km long shopping street. It’s the ideal place to visit in the capital for some retail therapy. You’ll find everything from the usual high street brands to Scottish labels and even the historic department store, Jenners. Just across the road from Prince’s Street is Prince’s Street Gardens, the perfect place to relax in the summer. In the winter, the area is transformed into Edinburgh’s Christmas markets, arguably the most famous in the UK.

Night Life

Edinburgh has a great mix of night life to satisfy both a student and high-end budget. If you’re looking for a lively, relaxed night out then head to the Grass Market. This square of quirky restaurants and bars was originally a cattle market but is now renowned for its live music, Irish pubs and hipster bars. Just around the corner you’ll find Cowgate, home to some of Edinburgh’s best known venues. There’s something for everyone here including underground clubs and cocktail bars as well as Frankenstein and Harry Potter themed pubs. If you fancy a more sophisticated evening, George’s Street is the place to go for luxury cocktail bars.

Routes

A Selection of Trips and Tours that include Edinburgh