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- City Guide
Edinburgh Scotland’s capital has an elegant feel consisting of a Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings and medieval Old Town. Experience the attractive views, hidden courtyards, green spaces and phenomenal architecture to be discovered throughout the city.
Full of rich history the city bursts with historical attractions including the world famous Edinburgh Castle. The castle is home to the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of destiny, the 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O’clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland. Visit Holyrood house locally known as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Prominently standing at the edge of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the palace is home to some remarkable Scottish royal history.
The city is more than an impressive historical hub, it’s an up and coming cosmopolitan city with five Michelin-starred restaurants and an increasingly bustling bar and café culture, lively nightlife and a captivating arts scene. Browse the independent shops, boutiques and small galleries that make window shopping an addictive pleasure.
Edinburgh’s choice of accommodation are varied as the city itself – from polished boutique hotels in elegant Georgian townhouses to traditional B&B’s in beautiful Victorian neighbourhoods, to refreshing hostels hidden down atmospheric Old Town alley ways.
The Balmoral Hotel a prominent landmark at the eastern end of Princess Street offering some of the best accommodation in Edinburgh, including suites with 18th Century décor and fabulous views of the city. It has a Michelin-starred restaurant Number One provides a fine dinning menu, Palm Court offers afternoon and a splash of champagne, The Balmoral Bar serves innovative cocktails in a relaxed setting , while The Scotch presents over 400 varieties of Scottish Whiskey.
Experience the town dream in the One Royal Circus boutique hotel. Impressive Georgian mansion with genuine antiques, parquet floors located in Edinburgh’s new town and a close walk to the Royal Circus.
Only one mile from the city center the Blacket Garden Flat situated in a quiet area on a leafy avenue with countryside ambiance close to theaters, restaurants and nightlife along with historical sites of interest to visit. Enjoy complimentary breakfast ranging from the traditional Scottish breakfast. Explore Edinburgh’s sites and haunted past in this convenient location.
Generic, touristy restaurants in Edinburgh are a thing of the past. Now filled with favourite restaurants with an electric mix and fine food.
The Ship on Shore Edinburgh is an opportunity to enjoy and explore the freshest and most extraordinary fish and seafood. Sitting by the Water of Leith a beautiful location to enjoy a splash of champagne in elegant surroundings and enjoy the views in summer.
Wholesome food served in a convivial setting is the Gardens Cottage using sustainable local produce. The restaurant is housed in a historic building located in the Royal Terrace Gardens in front of Calton Hill in the heart of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. The B listed building was designed by William Playfair in 1836. Bedecked with flowers and fairy lights offers one of the city’s interesting dinning experiences
Edinburgh is waking up with influence from New York and London to the non-stop approach of the meccas of street food and there are plenty of food stops in the city to grab some food on the go. Bollywood: The Coffeebox situated on Bruntsfield Place in a converted police telephone kiosk, with an ever changing menu of hearty curries, samosas and soups all prepared whilst waiting on the park on a nice day.
Capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is also a capital of festivals, with two of the most famous festivals, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and having been going strong since 1947.
Edinburgh International Festival is marks the return of peace after the ordeal of the WWII. Beautifully with superlatives, the oldest, biggest, famous and the best in the world. Today hundreds of the world’s top musicians and performers congregate in in the city for three weeks of diverse and inspirational music, opera, theatre and dance.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the world’s largest festivals catering for all ages and tastes. With hordes of punters and performers that descend the city every year. True to its historical background the Fringe is open to anyone who can afford the journey. The fringe takes over the whole of Edinburgh, rub shoulders with celebrities, Dutch comedians, mis with Polish jazz musicians and novice’s line up against seasonal pros
Edinburgh Castle has played an important role in Scotland’s history. Today it is one of Scotland’s most atmospheric and popular tourist attractions. Rising above the western end of Princes Street the brooding, black crags of Castle Rock appear. The rocky hill was the most defended hill top on the invasion route between England and central Scotland.
There is a choice of transport links from the airport to Edinburgh.
- Pick up a black cab at the taxi rank located on the ground floor of the multi story car park.
- The airport is around eight miles west of Edinburgh and takes around twenty five minutes in non rush hour traffic. There are also a number of car hire companies that operate from the airport.
- The tram offers a reliable service linking to the airport and Edinburgh. Interchange with train services available at Edinburgh Park and Haymarket stations. Other stops include Murrayfield Stadium and Princes Street.
- Onward Journey from Edinburgh – Both of the city’s main rail stations, Waverley and Haymarket, can be found in the heart of Edinburgh’s city center. The rail network connects to cities all over Scotland and the UK
- The Airlink 100 is about eight miles west of the city center and the journey (via Glasgow Road) takes around twenty five minutes in light traffic.
- The Lothian Buses No 35 runs into city center and calls at popular local destinations en route, and continues to Leith.