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

  • 60%


    I love Edinburgh. Currently it's my favourite place in the world. It was so accessible for a solo traveller like me. I was able to walk everywhere without getting lost. The people were amazing! The food was great. It was such a friendly, safe environment.

  • 70%


    Edinburgh is just lovely! It has got many different parts to discover and all have their own flair. Very easy to walk mainly everywhere.

    Insider Tip:Walk up the several hills (Arthur's Seat, Calton Hill, the Castle), it's definitely worth the view! Neighbourhood walks (e.g. in the northern parts of New Town)

  • 90%


    Get ready to walk!

    I'm in decent shape, walking around 8 or 9 miles a day but this city was still a little tough on me with all the climbing. However, don't let that deter you! This is a big city with a small city feel. The people are nice, the city is gorgeous, and the view from the castle is spectacular!!

    Insider Tip:Rooms might be cheaper and easier to get to in the "old" part of the city but you'll also have more crime and more noise. It's not that far of a walk to the "new" part of the city. Get a room there and save yourself a headache.

  • 80%


    A city that you can't discover

    I didn't spend enough time (2 days) in Edinburgh, but even if I stayed two years it wouldn't have been enough. There are many places to visit, discover, experience. I didn't even manage to do all the famous ones, let alone find out the secrets hidden in the closes and passageways. And this was just old town. I didn't get to explore new town as I should. The views are breathtaking, a historical and cultural centre, a capital city without the suffocating rush and abusive prices you usually find.

    Insider Tip:If you can, do everything by foot. It is better to explore and enjoy the city and not too fatiguing.

  • 90%


    Fantastic Historic Castle City

    Edinburgh is probably one of my favorite Scottish cities in all of Scotland not just because its the capital but because of its looks, feel and charm. The Old town alone has bags of character and well worth a visit.

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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