Take an extinct volcano, an Old Town straight from medieval times, and elegant Georgian townhouses.
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.
Festivals and Events
Every August, entertainers from around the globe want to be in just one place: Edinburgh.
The Edinburgh International Festival and its rowdy upstart sibling, the Edinburgh Fringe attract thousands of performers, with shows kicking off first thing in the morning and carrying on well into the wee sma’ hours of the following day. Then they do it all again. For a month.
Street performers pack the Royal Mile and the Mound, and hundreds of free shows make it a true celebration of the arts.
Unmissable, too, is the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a feast of international music, dance and, of course, bagpipes, played out on the stunning castle esplanade as the sun sets.
The city’s reputation as a festival capital spans the seasons – head there at New Year for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay; three days of fire, music and celebrations culminating with a packed street party, ceilidhs beside the castle and awesome fireworks.
Barely a month goes by without a festival to enjoy. Visit in March for the International Science Festival, May for the Children’s Festival, June for film and July for jazz and blues and art. The Edinburgh International Book Festival in August is a must.