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.

Food and drink

Battered Mars Bar anyone? Edinburgh may well be birthplace of the deep-fried chocolate treat but it’s also a foodie's paradise.

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There’s probably a rule somewhere that says everyone visiting Edinburgh must eat haggis. It’s worth giving Scotland’s national dish a try at least once – and yes, you can have it deep-fried, and there are excellent veggie versions. Not keen? No problem, Scotland’s larder is bursting with some of the world’s finest wild salmon, fresh seafood, succulent beef and delicious venison.

Eating out

Edinburgh boasts several Michelin-starred restaurants and a vibrant fine dining scene.

Embrace style at George Street’s cool and contemporary restaurants, or push the boat out for a romantic night at the famous – and beautifully intimate — Witchery by the Castle.

Sip afternoon tea and indulge in cakes in the refined surroundings of the Balmoral Hotel’s Palm Court, but don’t dare leave without a visit to the chippie for fish and chips with Edinburgh’s famous ‘alt ‘n’ sauce.

Off to market

Edinburgh’s main farmers’ market meets every Saturday against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Stock up on goodies from freshly prepared venison to Arbroath smokies, locally produced charcuterie cuts, Stornoway black pudding and clootie dumplings. Look out for other street markets at Stockbridge, Leith, Grassmarket and Potterrow.