Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, is a feast of everything an Aussie tourist could expect in a UK holiday destination. But before you tuck in, brush up on these essentials Edinburgh travel tips.
From rich history to charming architecture, captivating culture and throbbing nightlife, Edinburg has drawn travellers for centuries. Located in southeastern Scotland, Edinburgh is also home to unique and world-renowned festivals such as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Hogmanay New Year’s celebrations to name but a few. So where to start on your first trip over?
Every visit to Edinburgh should begin at the city’s 11th century Old Town district where the city was first established. Here, you can walk (or opt for a bus) along the famous Royal Mile street, which is lined with medieval buildings, beautiful old churches, and palaces such as Holyrood House (where the Queen stays when she is in town). There are also numerous quaint shops and pubs in the Old Town where you can buy souvenirs and savour traditional Scottish food.
Nobley standing guard over the city from a high rocky crag is the Edinburgh Castle, which you can tour to learn about Scottish history and heritage as well as enjoy amazing views. Other prominent sites that are well worth checking out are the Scottish Parliament building, Mary King’s Close, Greyfriars Kirkyard, and St. Giles’ Cathedral.
Shopping, Recreation, and Arts and Culture
Outside the Old Town are plenty of modern attractions such as museums, art galleries, theatres, and concert halls. Trendy malls, shopping centres, and markets offer an exciting shopping scene. If you need a break from all the sightseeing, Edinburgh has several scenic parks and gardens where you can relax or enjoy recreational activities. Among these parks is beautiful Prince Street Gardens, home to one of the best Christmas markets in the United Kingdom.
World Famous Festivals
Every summer, Edinburgh draws millions from around the globe to its world famous festivals that include the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the world’s largest international arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Summer is the city’s biggest tourist season, and thus most crowded. However, if you can plan your travel reservations early, it is so worth it to experience these sensational events where you will be captivated by the superb performances of kilted bagpipers, drummers, and class acts of music, comedy, and theatre.
You may prefer to visit Edinburg during the New Year’s festivities when the city explodes into the three-day street party known as the Hogmanay celebration, where you can dance to traditional Scottish music and be awed by the dazzling torchlight procession and firework shows.
Dining and Nightlife
When it comes to dining and nightlife, Edinburgh does not disappoint. The city packs a huge selection of pubs, clubs, and restaurants where tourists can find an array of international cuisines or opt for traditional Scottish fare like neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes), rumbledethumps (potatoes, cabbage, and onion), and haggis (oatmeal pudding mixture with sheep’s liver, heart, and lungs).
Getting around Edinburgh is easy. The city centre is compact and atmospheric, making it a great place to walk and see all the main attractions, while there are also public buses and taxis available to provide transport to the outer suburbs.
Are you ready to experience the treasures of Edinburgh? Before you travel, get yourself a pre-paid Edinburgh pass card that allows you free admission to more than 30 of the city’s attractions as well as an express bus ticket from the Edinburgh airport to the downtown area.
To echo the Scots, “Hae a guid journey!”
Women Pay 14.6% Less. Get a Quote