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

  • 70%


    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.

  • 90%


    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.

  • 60%


    Edinburgh or bust

    Edinburgh was absolutely gorgeous. So much history, so man things to do, and daily tours into the highlands. It was an amazing weekend

  • 90%


    Awesome Food, Clean, Friendly, Cold

    Edinburgh was just a very welcoming city, with plenty of local spots to scope out, as well as a great tourist scene, too.

    Insider Tip:IF you like whiskey, THEN you must do the Scotch Whiskey Experience. I know, it's a little pricey, and it's touristy, BUT IT'S SO. DELICIOUS.

  • 70%


    Definitely a city to explore!

    I definitely didn't spend enough time in Edinburgh - there is something for everyone in this city (unless all you want is sun and beaches, in which case, go to mexico!).

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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