Edinburgh

Take an extinct volcano, an Old Town straight from medieval times, and elegant Georgian townhouses.

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Add in Michelin-starred restaurants, vibrant nightlife and a packed calendar of festivals, and you've got a city that genuinely has universal appeal. Edinburgh, you’re spoiling us.

Arriving at Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is around seven miles (11km) from the heart of the city centre – so you could easily be settled in your hotel suite or sipping a cocktail in a George Street bar in just over half an hour.

The easiest route into the city centre is by tram. There’s a tram stop just beyond the arrivals gate, with departures every seven minutes. Buy your ticket before you board. Travelling for business? The tram stops at both Gogarburn and Edinburgh Park, home to some of the city’s biggest financial services firms.

If you want to hit the road, the Airlink 100 Express bus to the city centre departs every 10 minutes from outside the terminal building. Buy your tickets from the driver or at the bus stop machine, or get in a taxi at the rank on the ground floor of the nearby car park.

Travelling on? Edinburgh’s main train hub, Waverley Station, is just five minutes’ walk from the city centre bus depot and Princes Street tram stop.

And if you’d rather get behind the wheel, you can book a hire car in advance with London City Airport and pick it up at the terminal. Edinburgh’s city centre roads can be busy – watch out for the bus lanes and 20mph zones.

Edinburgh Castle

You can’t miss it, so you might as well explore it. Edinburgh Castle is home to serious royal bling — the Scottish crown jewels. Visit at lunchtime for the firing of the 1 o’clock gun. Remember your ear plugs.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Live like a Queen… or at least check out what it would be like to live like one at the Queen’s official Scottish residence. Nose around the State Apartments and steal a glimpse of the royal chamber.

National Museum of Scotland

From Dolly the Sheep to dinosaur bones, the interactive displays bring discovery to life: who wouldn’t want to put their F1 driving skills to the test in a racing simulator or challenge a robot to spell your name? And it’s free.

National Galleries of Scotland

Like your art fine? Drop into the Scottish National Gallery at the Mound. More personal? The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is where Sir Billy Connolly rubs shoulders with Sir Walter Scott and a semi-naked Alan Cumming. Tuck into tea and cake at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art under the steely gaze of Paolozzi’s 15ft metal man, Vulcan.

Edinburgh Castle

You can’t miss it, so you might as well explore it. Edinburgh Castle is home to serious royal bling — the Scottish crown jewels. Visit at lunchtime for the firing of the 1 o’clock gun. Remember your ear plugs.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Live like a Queen… or at least check out what it would be like to live like one at the Queen’s official Scottish residence. Nose around the State Apartments and steal a glimpse of the royal chamber.

National Museum of Scotland

From Dolly the Sheep to dinosaur bones, the interactive displays bring discovery to life: who wouldn’t want to put their F1 driving skills to the test in a racing simulator or challenge a robot to spell your name? And it’s free.

National Galleries of Scotland

Like your art fine? Drop into the Scottish National Gallery at the Mound. More personal? The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is where Sir Billy Connolly rubs shoulders with Sir Walter Scott and a semi-naked Alan Cumming. Tuck into tea and cake at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art under the steely gaze of Paolozzi’s 15ft metal man, Vulcan.

Royal Yacht Britannia

This floating palace is berthed in the lively port of Leith. Tour the royal apartments and try to figure out where they kept the on-board Rolls Royce. Dine in style on champagne and scones in the Royal Deck Tea Room.

This floating palace is berthed in the lively port of Leith. Tour the royal apartments and try to figure out where they kept the on-board Rolls Royce. Dine in style on champagne and scones in the Royal Deck Tea Room.