Edinburgh Pocket Guide

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Edinburgh is a city which you will warm to straight away. Walking down Princes Street, the city's main thoroughfare, 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, both in the Old and New Towns, numerous shops to keep the shopaholics occupied, while 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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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Edinburgh.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Edinburgh... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh City Reviews

  • 70%



    I love this city. Maybe that's why I chose to live here for 4 years. There's so much to so and to see. Scots are really friendly and helpful.

    Insider Tip:Brass Monkey, Blackford Hill, Yellowcraig Beach

  • 90%



    The city had plenty to see and do. Edinburgh castle is a must see. I would highly recommend the free walking tours.

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    I can't even believe how incredible my time in this city was. There is so much to do between walking tours, shopping, pub crawls, historic sites, and more! The castle was well worth a visit, as well the free walking tour was full of super cool history. I went across Europe and back, and Edinburgh was my first stop, and remained my favourite throughout the whole trip. The people are so friendly, it's easy to make friends with locals and fellow travelers alike.

    Insider Tip:DEFINITELY do the Hairy Coo Highland tour! IT'S FREE. Free. They take you up into the highlands, to Doune Castle, several lovely towns, and it's an all day good time. FOR FREEEEEEE!!!

  • 80%


    Scotland is the best!

    I LOVE Scotland, particularly Edinburgh. It's a great city with a wonderful history and a fun, lively atmosphere, and the people are quite friendly! A couple things to do: check out Sandemans free walking tours --I've done them twice and wasn't disappointed!--and they offer a pub crawl and ghost tours and others as well. Hike Arthur's Seat for a view of the city, and thought it's an expensive city, but do eat a full Scottish breakfast and ask where you can find good haggis!

    Insider Tip:Cowgate and the Grassmarket are full of wonderful bars, and Rose street, parallel to Princes, has some cool places tucked away for cheaper cocktails. The best cider was near the intersection of Hanover and Rose (I think?)--a huge pub with a downstairs for "poets." ALL of their flavored ciders were amazing. Also, the Elephant House (JK Rowling cafe) makes excellent gluten free desserts.

  • 80%


    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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