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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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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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

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Edinburgh City Reviews

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    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! ;)

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    Who woulda thought Scotland is better than Ireland ! If your doing the UK and Ireland Edinburgh needs to be on your list ! You will literally feel like your in a Harry Potter movie .. This town is clean and has a magical feel to it but is also filled with creepy haunted stories ! I'm in love ! Go see the castle ! Go on a free ghost tour ! Stay at Budget backpackers !

    Insider Tip:It's cold !!

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    a city for history lovers

    The Royal Mile is certainly the high point of Edinburgh but, in my view, visitors should also wander around other parts of the city, which has loads of historically important and interesting buildings (some not too advertised by most tourist guides, such as the George Heriot's School. There I got a good, unexpected, free guide tour by two students !!! ). I stayed three days in Edinburgh and now I realize I should have added at least one more day to my tour.

    Insider Tip:Do visit the Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Castle but allow yourself to tour other parts of historical Edinburgh.

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    The True Gem of the Isle

    Edinburgh is a stunning city that has the entire checklist of good, without the inflated prices and snobbery that can often be found in it's neighbors to the south. It's cityscape is breathtaking one with a castle perched on one end, and hilltop Athens-like ruins on the other, that also face a gorgeous climable, extinct volcano-all of which provide panoramic views of the entire city and the sea off in the distance.

    Insider Tip:On a nice day, when you are halfway up Arthur's seat wondering if the view is worth the torture, keep going. You'll be glad you did, and that view and its moments will stay with you forever.

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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