Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with a unique atmosphere. A city filled with historical buildings, from the architecture of the historic Old Town and the Georgian New Town blends seamlessly with modern developments. Where stunning cultural heritage fuses with the best of modern times to form a dynamic city filled with life.
What to see
|Based in the Old Town and within a World Heritage site, the area is culturally and historically important to the city and jam packed with things to see and do. A 'Scots mile' long, and connecting two royal residences (the Castle and the palace of Holyrood House), it is also home to parliaments old and new, law courts, shops and restaurants. Unsurprisingly, the Royal Mile is one of the most visited streets in Edinburgh.|
|||Situated at the top of the Royal Mile on top of Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is the most iconic building in the city. Perched on top of an extinct volcano, the Castle and its Esplanade offers unparalleled views of Edinburgh. |
|National Galleries of Scotland|||
|||Edinburgh is home to three of the National Galleries of Scotland: the National Gallery on the Mound, the Portrait Gallery on Queen Street and the Gallery of Modern Art on Belford Road. Offering a mixture of permanent art collections and exciting visiting exhibitions, the galleries are a great day out for art lovers.|
|Palace of Holyroodhouse|||
|||is the Queen's official residence in Scotland. Various areas of the Palace are open for public viewing, where visitors can trace historical links through time and learn about its legendary former inhabitants. |
|The Royal Yacht Britannia |||
was the seabound home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years. It is now moored permanently near Ocean Terminal in Leith and has sailed over 1,000,000 miles around the world.
Getting to Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport lies 8km to the west of Edinburgh. Visitors can get to and from the airport by bus, car and taxi in approximately 25 minutes.
A regular airport bus is operated by Airlink 100 and runs every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day departing from Waverley Bridge.
Virgin Trains East Coast provide links from Edinburgh to London, Newcastle, York, Leeds and Aberdeen. Rail travellers can travel to London in approximately five hours.
Virgin Rail operates a service on the west coast to London.
ScotRail's Caledonian Sleeper is an overnight service between Edinburgh and London (Euston) every night.
Getting around Edinburgh
An excellent bus service transports people across the city throughout the day. Visitors can plan their journey within Edinburgh with Lothian Buses.
WiFi friendly trams run 14 kms from York Place in the city centre to Edinburgh Airport.
Plan your journey visit www.edinburghtrams.com.
There are over 1000 black cabs which can be hailed or picked up from one of the taxi stands within the city centre. The majority of taxis can carry up to 5 passengers and are accessible for wheelchairs.
Like most of Scotland, Edinburgh has a relatively mild climate. Winter daytime temperatures rarely fall below freezing Summer temperatures are normally moderate, rarely exceeding 22 °C (72 °F). Edinburgh's position between the coast and hills, makes it renowned as "the windy city."