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

  • 60%


    Can't wait to go back!!!

    Everything about this city was amazing! Everything is in walking distance that you could possibly need. Everything was so beautiful and friendly, lots to see and do and hiking do close for a city, walking distance!!! Plus good food!!

    Insider Tip:Being good walking shoes, the hills and stairs are good for your buns and thighs but they are killer!

  • 80%


    Stunning city, despite the weather

    Do not let the weather get you down. Old Edinburgh is not to be missed and if I'd had more time, I would have explored so much more of Scotland. I loved it.

    Insider Tip:DO THE FREE WALKING TOUR. Can't stress that enough. And try the vegetarian haggis. I got it at the Fiddler's Arms in Grass Market. Not bad at all!

  • 80%


    scottish highlands

    just beautiful place with great old buildings....people are nice and food is not so expensive comparing to London.

    Insider Tip:if you only have a short time for scotland you might consider Hairy Coo, which is a FREE tour company that takes people going around the highlands for one day. the guide and also the driver was a very nice guy and we had much fun along the way.

  • 100%



    Amazing city! So walkable and so much going on at all times! Everyone was very friendly and as a female traveling alone I never felt unsafe.

  • 70%


    The Royal Mile!

    Edinburgh is great! VERY windy! Everything you need is with in walking distance of the Royal Mile! Castle, museums, shopping, Arthurs Seat! It's great!

    Insider Tip:Definitely do the Mercat Ghost tour! Creepy & cool! Castle was cool! Royal Mile tavern is a MUST do! Climb Arthurs Seat but be prepared - work out gear is necessary & a good pair of shoes! It's a hike and a half! It's also VERY windy! 2 days is prob sufficient to see Edinburgh!

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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