Edinburgh! A complete guide to Scotlands Capital

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The skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, is dominated by the magnificent Edinburgh castle and while city is worth visiting for this view alone but there is so much more to see and do.

Typical Costs

  • Hostel Dorm Beds: Edinburgh has several hostels you can expect to pay upwards of £15 per night depending on the season.
  • Budget Hotel: If you prefer a budget hotel you might want to try the EasyHotel on Princes Street. It’s very centrally located, the rooms are very basic but the beds are comfortable. From £30 per night.
  • Cost Of Food: A cheap meal in a restaurant or bar will cost you about £12 for a main and a drink.
  • Transport: The bus in Edinburgh will set you back £1.50 for a single trip anywhere in the city. A day pass currently costs £3.50. However much of the city is walk-able if you are fit and able.

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Things To Do In Edinburgh

  • Visit The Fringe Festival: The highlight of the Edinburgh tourist calender is the Edinburgh Festival that takes place in August. At this time of year the city is buzzing with all types of performance art. Be warned at this time of year the population of Edinburgh doubles so accommodation is very expensive during August. Traffic is also a problem during this month.
  • Take a walk up Arthur’s Seat: Edinburgh is the only city in the world to have an extinct volcano right slap bang in it’s center. The royal mile runs from Edinburgh castle for 1 mile down the hill to Holyrood palace which is the Queens official residence when she is in Scotland. Holyrood park is the Queen’s park that surround the extinct volcano known as Arthur’s seat. The views from the top across the city are fantastic! Allow 3 hours for the walk.
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle: Now tourist visit to Edinburgh is complete without at least taking a walk up the caste hill and into the castle courtyard. Great views here across the Princes street gardens to the New Town.
  • Walk The Royal Mile: Although at times the shops can be a little tacky the oldest street in Edinburgh is full of charm.
  • Dance The Night Away Ceilidh style: If you want to sample traditional Scottish culture you can party the night away at a Ceilidh featuring traditional Scottish music and dancing. Check out this bar/venue if you are interested.