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.
Edinburgh was built on breweries; they’re one reason behind its Auld Reekie nickname. They’ve mostly gone, but thankfully the traditional pubs remain.
Let’s drink to the Sheep’s Heid Inn in Duddingston; there’s been a pub on the site since the 14th century, and the current one has its own skittle alley.
Music, whisky and a good old singsong go hand-in-hand in Edinburgh’s Old Town bars. Sample a well-aged malt and challenge your toes to stop tapping at Sandy Bell’s (Forrest Road) and the Royal Oak (Infirmary Street). There are traditional music sessions every night – sometimes during the day too.
The Grassmarket is home to centuries’ old pubs that have stood their ground amid uprisings, executions, a World War I zeppelin raid and all those Fringe performers.
Cross to the New Town for style bars and cocktails. Look down — some of the best bars are tucked in basement venues below street level. The Stand Comedy Club brings the laughs.
Join the party at the ‘pink triangle’ around Greenside Place, the heart of Edinburgh’s lively LGBT scene. Kick up your heels at CC Bloom’s (Greenside Lane).
Need a break? Settle down in a reclining armchair at the family run Art Deco-style Dominion Cinema.