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

Edinburgh Pocket Guide

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Edinburgh City Reviews

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    Fringe Festival in Edinburgh!!

    If you want a trip away that is packed full of things to do you need to visit Edinburgh during the fringe. You will never be bored. I stayed right in the middle of the city, everything was close enough to walk to and there was always something to do or see.

    Insider Tip:Book transport and accommodation early to avoid missing out.

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    One of our favourite places!

    For us, Edinburgh was the perfect mix of historical sights, culture, and night life. Also, there's a lot of different things to do and see, so everyone can find something that floats their boat. We had a really great time!

    Insider Tip:For the hop-on-hop-off tours, go for the routes where there's a live guide - the pre-recorded audio guides are sort of lame. Also, the Walter Scott monument is totally worth going up - great views of the castle!

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    a friendly, beautiful and elegant city

    Edinburgh is a quite charming city, with various vigor and great convenience. Just like an easy-going pretty girl, which makes her even more attractive.

    Insider Tip:Calton hill, free walking tour, highland tour(the isle of skye), ghost tour

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    Lovely city

    We spent a full day in Edinburgh exploring the city area. It is really easy to get around by walking and there are loads of things to see and buy! The old architecture of the buildings is mixed with modern shops which gives Edinburgh its unique flavour.

    Insider Tip:Since you are in Scotland, you gotta try Haggis and whiskey! Shops close early though!

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    The place I want to come back and retire at

    Edinburgh was not at the top of my list to visit but after going, I can't believe I was about to skip it ! This place has such charm and character, I'm so in love.

    Insider Tip:Walking tours ! Go to Greyfriars Graveyard for Harry Potter things and Den of Iniquity Tattoo if you want to get a tattoo like I did :)

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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