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City Guide Edinburgh, Scotland

Visiting Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city which you will warm to straight away. Edinburgh Castle hangs proudly over the Scottish capital reminding the locals and tourists alike of the city's medieval past. There are endless streets to explore in the Old and New Towns, with numerous stores to keep the shopaholics occupied. At night the city comes alive with an eclectic mix of young and old filling the city's many restaurants, bars and clubs.

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Edinburgh Podcasts

Only in Edinburgh...

There are some certain things that you can only find in the Scottish capital, such as Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland and more. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to different people who live in Edinburgh about those things.

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Edinburgh Videos

How to save money in Edinburgh

Find out how to go on a free walking tour of Edinburgh and more with Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty.

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Edinburgh Pocket Guide

Edinburgh Pocket Guide

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Edinburgh City Reviews

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    Anonymous

    Edinburgh

    This is just one of the BEST cities I've been to!!! If one day I'd get the opportunity to choose one city to live it'd DEFINITELY be Edinburgh because of everything! Culture, streets, people, the very preserved old buildings and mainly the MEDIEVAL ATMOSPHERE everywhere!!! I'm suspicious because I felt in love with this city from the first moment I got there!!!

    Insider Tip:In my opinion everything is perfect!!!

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    Anonymous

    Edinburgh

    I love this city. Maybe that's why I chose to live here for 4 years. There's so much to so and to see. Scots are really friendly and helpful.

    Insider Tip:Brass Monkey, Blackford Hill, Yellowcraig Beach

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    steven_whyler5321

    Edinburgh

    The city had plenty to see and do. Edinburgh castle is a must see. I would highly recommend the free walking tours.

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    Anonymous

    THIS IS CITY IS WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF

    I can't even believe how incredible my time in this city was. There is so much to do between walking tours, shopping, pub crawls, historic sites, and more! The castle was well worth a visit, as well the free walking tour was full of super cool history. I went across Europe and back, and Edinburgh was my first stop, and remained my favourite throughout the whole trip. The people are so friendly, it's easy to make friends with locals and fellow travelers alike.

    Insider Tip:DEFINITELY do the Hairy Coo Highland tour! IT'S FREE. Free. They take you up into the highlands, to Doune Castle, several lovely towns, and it's an all day good time. FOR FREEEEEEE!!!

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    Anonymous

    Scotland is the best!

    I LOVE Scotland, particularly Edinburgh. It's a great city with a wonderful history and a fun, lively atmosphere, and the people are quite friendly! A couple things to do: check out Sandemans free walking tours --I've done them twice and wasn't disappointed!--and they offer a pub crawl and ghost tours and others as well. Hike Arthur's Seat for a view of the city, and thought it's an expensive city, but do eat a full Scottish breakfast and ask where you can find good haggis!

    Insider Tip:Cowgate and the Grassmarket are full of wonderful bars, and Rose street, parallel to Princes, has some cool places tucked away for cheaper cocktails. The best cider was near the intersection of Hanover and Rose (I think?)--a huge pub with a downstairs for "poets." ALL of their flavored ciders were amazing. Also, the Elephant House (JK Rowling cafe) makes excellent gluten free desserts.

Scotland: Itinerary

Like so many cities in Europe today, Edinburgh is divided the Old Town and the New Town. Both have their own qualities and attractions and are a pleasure to visit. But if you plan to stay in the city for that little bit longer you will be able to sample the whole country's delights, not just the capital's.

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