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

  • 50%


    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.

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    The Ultimate Fringe Festival

    This is my second time in this amazing city. I was in love in May 2014 when I visited, but only fell more in love during the Fringe Festival. Absolutely amazing!!! I have travelled quite a bit of Europe and have been to many must-see festivals such as Running of the Bulls, but the Edinburgh Fringe Festival definitely tops my list for must sees. There is actually something for everyone and it is so international. The city is extra, extra vibrant this time of the year.

    Insider Tip:There are so, SO many performances to choose from it is overwhelming. Go to a box office early in the day and ask them for their thoughts on shows to see. I got some amazing recommendations and they actually helped me plan my whole day with amazing shows to see. Or even ask anyone for their Fringe picks because it can be really difficult to choose.

  • 80%


    Absolutely worth going!

    There is no secret about Scotland being one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Edinburgh is a charming, delightful, medieval city. Mixing the old with the new, Edinburgh is like no other place you have seen it! Scottish people are very welcoming and friendly, you will feel at home right away. Good transportation, you have easy access to buses and trains running all day to the Highlands and cities nearby, like Glasgow for example. It's a must in anyone's bucket list.

    Insider Tip:The Highlands Day Tour leaving from Royal Mile and National Museum of Scotland is a must. Also if you make it to the Fringe Festival you won't regret it!

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    The beautiful and cute little city

    I found Edinburgh very beautiful and adorable. I'm not a huge fan of big cities and Edinburgh felt just right in size. The old buildings were beautiful and the atmosphere quite laid back. I have very few places I'd say I really want to go back to some day but Edinburgh would be one of those places.

    Insider Tip:The pub food might be even better than the food at a regular restaurant, at least it's very good and a lot cheaper! ;)

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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