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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    Edinburgh is a small city with a few gorgeous architectural sites, such as a the castle and cathedral which are representative of past glory. You can also do a Scotch Whiskey experience tour while you're there.

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    Athens of the North

    Edinburgh is cool. It's got some amazing sights but more importantly there are loads of hidden places.

    Insider Tip:Go to the Hanging Bat bar where you can try a great range of Craft Beers. The staff really know their stuff.

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    Best City Yet

    Edinburgh was probably one of the prettiest places I've ever been. There is so much to see and do and everything is really easy to get to. My group and I met the nicest people while abroad and feel Edinburgh was by far the friendliest city we've collectively visited. I would defiantly recommend Edinburgh to anyone and everyone, and Scotland in general. We have never felt more welcomed into a city or culture.

    Insider Tip:Talk to people! They are extremely nice and very willing to help. Take a bus tour to the Highlands if you can - best part of our trip!

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    Edinburgh is a beautiful city, but very expensive, everything costs a lot of money. The city don`t have a place to seat, or you eat in a very expensive place, or you don't have a place to rest or to use the bathroom.

  • 70%


    Prettiest city in Scotland

    Couldn't be there for more than 2 days, but totally fell in love with it. Lovely city, emerged on great architecture and full of history everywhere. Lots of attractions to do - better than Glasgow - and has also nicy tours for the Highlands and Loch Ness leaving from there.

    Insider Tip:Free Waking Tours, for sure.

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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