One of the most popular cities in the UK, Edinburgh is positioned inland located on the southern shore of the glorious Firth of Forth. Thanks to its Eastern position can be enjoyed by guests if you want to explore a number of different cities within touching distance. This includes Glasgow as well as having easy access to the majestic Highlands.
Places of interest:
Considered to be the most popular attraction in this Scottish city, Edinburgh Castle is situated in the picture perfect Old Town. This is where guests can have the chance to see the infamous Edinburgh Tattoo. This stunning royal fortress is perched high above the city and has actually been in use for more than one thousand years. In addition to this, Craigmillar Castle is worth a look. Enjoy the ruins here as you step back in time. Dating back to the 14th century, guests can find this castle close to Holyrood Park less than 6km from the town centre. Other highlights feature Abbey and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the Old Town. This glorious Royal venue is home to the Queen's Gallery and consists of a number of different pieces of art which have been obtained from the Royal Collection. For the best shops, bars and restaurants, guests should check out the Royal Mile as it called which is filled with a host of retail treats. This becomes especially busy when the Edinburgh Fringe Festival takes place which normally occurs at the end of August each. Guests will have the opportunity to take advantage of a wide variety of plays as well as performances and theatrical displays as the entertainment world descends on Edinburgh. The Royal Botanic Gardens on Inverleith Row provides a wealth of interesting plants and impressive gardens whilst Edinburgh Zoo plays host to a range of animals and offers the popular Penguin Parade.
When it comes to places to stay, you can choose from an abundance of quaint bed and breakfast places not to mention a plethora of international hotels. This includes the likes of The 5 stat luxury Chambers based in the heart of the Old Town whilst the Radisson Blu Edinburgh offers you the ideal spot within minutes of the iconic Royal Mile. On the other hand if you are looking for something a little more wallet friendly, then Edinburgh has plenty of options. This features Staycity Serviced Apartments, less than half a mile from Edinburgh Haymarket Rail Station and the 3 star Jury’s Inn situated close to the Royal Mile.
One of the hottest places to sample is the Kitchin run by Tom and Michaela Kitchin. This superb Michelin starred venue can be found at Leith waterfront. Kitchin has learned under some of the very best in the culinary business such as Pierre Koffman, Guy Savoy and Alain Ducasse. Other places to tempt your palette range from Indian venue Kismot and European stalwart Stockbridge to local favourite Dubh Prais which delivers an array of local specialities.
The main station in Edinburgh is Waverley moments from Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle and the splendid Princes Street Gardens. If you are driving from London, the quickest route is around 400 miles via the M1 and A1 taking around 9 hours.