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 City Reviews

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    A Capital Place to Visit!

    Edinburgh is a fantastic place to visit! enriched in history and identity, there is something for everyone to do in the capital! From hiking to Arthur's Seat or exploring the museums or going shopping on the high street or touring ancient castle, there is plenty to see and do in Edinburgh! I would recommend spending a few days there to see everything the city has to offer then making your way north into the Highlands. Worth the trip! Cannot wait to go back!

    Insider Tip:If you want to buy souvenirs, go further down the Royal Miles towards Arthur's Seat. The shops down there will give you a better price and not rip you off if you go towards Edinburgh Castle. Also, always carry an umbrella, there are moments of spontaneous rain fall and you do not want to be caught up in it.

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    Old World Charm

    Edinburgh is a charming city rich in history. There are loads of historical facts in almost every corner, and it doesn't look half bad either! If you're looking for a relaxed city to visit, Edinburgh's where it's at. Getting around on foot is easy, especially around the Old Town. I would recommended two or three days for Edinburgh. A day is simply not enough if like me, you keep stopping for photos.

    Insider Tip:Equip yourself with a map as Edinburgh is a very walkable city. A trip to Mary's Milk Bar is a must! She makes the best gelato and milk shakes in Edinburgh and there are often queues out the door.

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    Fringe and fun

    So much to do and see! The museums and alcohol are all excellent. Went during the Fringe festival and loved the atmosphere in the city, so full of energy and there were so many things you could watch and listen to on the streets without having to pay any. Buildings and architecture are more on the uniform side and are ornate and harmonious together. Very lovely to look at. Food is all fine but haven't had anything amazing yet, though the sweets are delicious.

    Insider Tip:Go see the museum of modern art (both buildings One and Two). I'd eat out mainly for desserts and do cheap groceries otherwise as the food, while good, didn't pop out to me (though this might just be my lack of experience).

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    Be fit and healthy to really explore!!

    Edinburgh is a tough city to really get to the heart of if you are not in the habit of excising. It is extremely hilly and requires alot of effort. Your could always just hop on the bus tour!!

    Insider Tip:Do the free tours. You leave a tip at the end and are very well put together.

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    Good location and value for money

    Good staff, decent facilities, close to the Castle of Edinburgh and the bars, and extremely convenient if you want to join a Macbackpackers tour.

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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