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

  • 80%



    We loved Edinburgh, the castle is awesome, the architecture and feel of the city is great, many great sites, love fish and chips.

    Insider Tip:Attractions and stores close earlier than we thought (ie Castle, Scotch whisky experience) so check the hours and don't miss out like we did.

  • 40%


    Beautiful place with poor services

    Edinburgh is a wonderful city! Lots of cultural and historical sites. Unfortunately the services are not good! Staff, in general, treat you as if they were being obligated to talk to you! Not friendly at all!

    Insider Tip:I strongly recommend to visit the Arthur's seat! It's a short (~40 min round) and heavy walk! Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers and take some time to appreciate the view of the city!

  • 50%


    Beautiful city

    The only downside to Edinburgh is that the currency is GBP. Its a really pretty city, amazing parks, great architecture, nice shops and places to see.

    Insider Tip:Bring a jacket for rain

  • 70%


    A Different Kind of City

    We visited Edinburgh and enjoyed just walking through the streets, visiting shops and getting tea and coffee at local places. We stayed away from the historical sites, as we had just come form London and were tired of the touristy attractions. Wish we would've given it more time!

  • 60%



    A gorgeous city with beautiful buildings and lots to see. Be prepared, however, as the town centre is a major tourist trap. The number of tourists in this area can be overwhelming, as can the number of whisky, tweed, and scarf shops. Overall, this is an incredible city with lots to offer.

    Insider Tip:The Edinburgh Castle ticket is rather pricey (around 15 pounds), however it includes entrance into 3 museums enclosed within the castle area. Although I myself did not enter the castle, I would recommend allotting a large amount of time if you are planning on visiting.

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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