With your Edinburgh tours experience the scenic Scottish City. Up until the 17th century, City’s walled defenses confined the city to just 140 acres. With threats lurking beyond the walls, the city’s growing population had only one option; build up. The result was a city choc-a-bloc with fickle housing and narrow alleyways. The walls may be long gone, but the city’s higgledy-piggeldy roots are still evident today, giving City its own unique charm. Divided in two, City’s Old Town and the Georgian-era New Town are symbolic of this city’s dual personality, a history-laden site that enjoys the trims and trappings of modern life too. It may have a dark and brooding appearance, but City’s luxury hotels, bars and award-winning restaurants ensure that this party town is as vibrant as they come. Huddled atop the Old Town, Edinburgh Castle overlooks it all, serving as a potent reminder that Scottish heritage is never too far away in this city. Check out the top Edinburgh Tours online and grab the best deals and discounts. Book now: low prices guaranteed!
Stock up on whiskey and shortbread. Trying these tantalizing treats in Scotland is a must. Shortbread is the traditional Scottish biscuit and whisky of course needs no introduction!
Try haggis. No visit to the Scottish capital is complete without tasting the national dish. Haggis may be an acquired taste - the meal’s main ingredients are sheep’s lungs, hearts and liver - but it is better than it sounds, we promise.
Explore Edinburgh’s underground city. Used in the 18th century as workshops for local businesses and later housing the poorest and most disreputable sections of scottish society, the underground vaults of the city’s South Bridge hold a host of scary secrets. One of the top Edinburgh attractions, the ghost tours offered here are well worth it.
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Old-school architecture and a thriving cultural scene gives Edinburgh year-round appeal. City's sightseeing reaches its peak in July and August, when travelers from the world over flood to the capital for the annual Festival. Ringing in the New Year in this city is another popular pastime for locals and tourists, with the city’s epic New Year’s celebration, the Hogmany Festival, famous across the world. Don’t take too long to decide what to do in city though, accommodation for these stellar celebrations book out fast.
From Old Town to New, here’s our travel breakdown of the best ways to navigate Scotland’s capital.
Travelling in and around this city is easiest by bus. Simply pick up a free copy of the route map from one of the Lothian Buses Travel shops dotted throughout the city.
Trams operate on just one single tramline, running from the airport to the city centre and back again, ideal for those seeking to plan a trip.
Dedicated bike lanes and cycle tracks make this city ideal for cyclists on Edinburgh tours. A city of hills, the peaks and troughs promise a great workout, too.
Although a relatively safe city, be sure to keep these precautions in tow so that your trip goes off without a hitch.
Keep your valuables close when traveling by public transport and in crowded areas. Pickpockets target tourists in the city’s popular sites.
In the evenings, be sure to stay in well-lit areas and be cautious of strangers, especially if you’re travelling alone.