Old-school architecture and a thriving cultural scene give Edinburgh year-round appeal. The 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 Hogmanay Festival, famous across the world. Don’t take too long to decide what to do in the 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.
Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the National Museum of Scotland, St Giles' Cathedral, and Arthur's Seat are among the attractions that should not be missed when visiting Edinburgh.
Edinburgh experiences mild and rainy weather throughout the year, with temperatures averaging from 6°C (43°F) in winter to 19°C (66°F) in summer.
You can make the most of many free things in Edinburgh. You can start by exploring the Princes Street Gardens and the Royal Botanic Garden. Next, take a stroll down the Royal Mile. Explore the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish Parliament Visitor Centre. Visit the National Museum of Scotland to delve into history. Attend a plethora of festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe or the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
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. Dial 999 for help in an emergency.
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