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About Edinburgh

Often referred to as the 'Athens of the North' Edinburgh is a heady blend of impressive architecture and landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral and Holyrood Palace sit alongside green spaces, parks and gardens. The leafy Georgian terraces of the New Town with their upmarket boutiques are worlds away from the cobbled alleys of the Grassmarket with its iconic tenements. Scotland's capital is a city of contrasts where excellent shopping and entertainment facilities and traditional Scots bonhomie go hand in hand.

Quick Guide to Edinburgh

Must Know Book your transport to Edinburgh early to save money on your fare to the capital of the north!
Must See Big acts at this year’s festival include comedy trio Foil Arm and Hogs, Scotland-loved duo Burnistoun, and one of Foster’s nominees from last year James Acaste returns with a new show!
Must Do Make sure to catch the sights outside of the Edinburgh Fringe epicentre as museums and attractions are particular empty at this time.
Must Eat Try a Hot Roast Roll at Oink! Located in the Old Town, you’ll find tucking into pulled pork, haggis and apple sauce served in freshly made rolls should be the peak of your trip.
Did You Know At Edinburgh Fringe 2015 there were 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows in 313 venues, making it the largest arts festival in the world!

Top Experiences in Edinburgh

Greyfriars Graveyard

Known to supernatural-fanatics as the world’s most ghost infested graveyard. The majority of these spooky tales originate from the middle ages, but if you’re looking for something different to do there are plenty of companies that offer tours of this graveyard.

Edinburgh Castle

A prominent feature of the city, Edinburgh Castle is not only home to Scotland’s crown jewels, but a vast amount of history. In its 1110 years of existing, we recommend taking the time to check the castle out, and enjoy the views from the top!


Important Stations and Airports for this Journey
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?







Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the bus station and what is the best way to get there?
Where is the bus station and what is the best way to get there?





Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the airport and what is the best way to get there?
Where is the airport and what is the best way to get there?

Travelling to Edinburgh

Edinburgh Airport offers a number of domestic and international flights and is well connected with public transport. There is a tram service which takes visitors straight into the centre, the Airlink 100 Express Bus which leaves every 10 minutes and is around a 30 minute journey. Taxi’s are also available from the airport and cost around £20+.

Waverley Station is the main railway station in Edinburgh, and trains depart from all over the country on a regular basis to Edinburgh. Another major commuter hub is Haymarket Station which offers city connections as well as long distance train services to Glasgow and London. Getting the bus is the easiest way to get to the city centre with many services stopping at the stations. There are taxi services available.

Edinburgh Bus Station is the main station for local bus interchanges and coach services further abroad within the city. Getting into the centre from the bus station is easy with many local buses serving the station. Additionally, it is served by the St. Andrew Square tram stop on Edinburgh trams, as well as by trains at Waverley Station which is 200 metres away.

Travelling Around Edinburgh

Local transport includes buses, national rail train services, and the Edinburgh Tram. Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Tram work together under Transport for Edinburgh to provide the public transit in the city. There are two zones here: the City Zone (everything except the airport), and the Airport Zone. Edinburgh Tram tickets can be purchased in advance or from vending machines at the tram stops. Local bus tickets can be purchased in advance, through their app, or from the bus driver on the bus when paying with exact change.

Cycling is very popular as the city is very bicycle friendly. However, as the weather in Scotland can be unpredictable, proper gear is always recommended. There are traffic free bike lanes throughout the city that take advantage of old railway lines, and cyclists can share the bus lanes.

Many people use the local transport but there are car parks scattered about the city as well as on street parking, and the connections to the motorways makes travel by car an easy option within Scotland. There are also taxi’s available and walking is another great way to see the city.

6 Sensational Day Trips from Edinburgh for under £15

Whether Edinburgh is your base and you wish to get some much-needed respite from the chaos of the city or you’re just visiting and simply wish to explore Scotland in all its glory; here are some of the best Edinburgh day trips for under £15, perfect for anyone on a budget.

St Andrews

No other town in the UK could be better described as a fairy tale setting than St Andrews. Aside from its quaint beauty and untouched landscape, it is also meeting place of the future monarchs of England: Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Known as the home of golf, the historic course found here is a marvel to behold whether you are a golf aficionado or not, and in keeping with the historical theme, a visit to the Cathedral – the oldest in Scotland, the ruins of the medieval castle, the university grounds and the Scores – which is one of the bet ways to appreciate the dramatic coastline, should all be on your itinerary for the perfect place to visit near Edinburgh.

The trains from Edinburgh to St.Andrews are frequent and efficient and the town offers just enough to fully enjoy in one day!

Distance from Edinburgh: 30 miles
Duration of the train journey: just over 1 hour
Cost of the one-way trip: From £8


Traditionally known as the gateway to The Highlands, this centrally located and extremely easily accessible Scottish city holds particular significance in the history of Scottish independence. Being the site of Robert the Bruce’s triumph over the English in the 12th century and home to the extremely Gothic, yet impressive national monument of William Wallace.

The high rising Old town of Stirling is most definitely the shining star of the city where the castle and town wall occupies. In the summer months be sure to check out the Falls of Falloch, a secluded waterfall just outside of Stirling that is perfect for wild swimming!

Though a thoroughly enjoyable destination in its own right, Stirling can also be used as the ideal base to explore more day trips, like the Scottish Highlands, and staying around the area for a few days on a budget is not a problem thanks to the extensive camping options available.

Distance from Edinburgh: just over 30 miles
Duration of the train journey: Less than 1 hour
Cost of the one-way trip: From £8


Not to be confused with the Perth Australia, Perth is the former capital of Scotland. It is located within spitting distance of both Glasgow and Edinburgh is overrun with stately homes, ancient castles and prestigious galleries.

The Fergusson Gallery, with its unique round exterior, displays the most impressive works from the Scottish colourist, JD Fergusson. A walk up Kinnoull Hill provides panoramic views of the historic city as well as the Tay River that runs directly through it.

Accessing Perth from Edinburgh is easy with the reliable trains that depart at extremely regular intervals throughout the day!

Distance from Edinburgh: 31 miles
Duration of the train journey: less than 2 hours
Cost of the one-way trip: less than £10


Given Edinburgh’s close proximity to the English border, there is nothing stopping you from taking the train to the beautiful town of Windermere in the Lake District. Windermere is not only a fantastic town in itself, but can be used as a great base for exploring the rest of the Lake District meaning the region is one of the most rewarding for day trips from Edinburgh.

Easily accessible attractions from Windermere include the namesake lake and the largest in England, Lake Windermere, Beatrix Potters’ former cottage which is perfect for nostalgia seekers to check out, Hill Top and the scenic valley of Great Langdale, which makes for the perfect day trip from Edinburgh.

Distance from Edinburgh: 110 miles
Duration of the train journey: just under 2 and half hours
Cost of the one-way trip: from £15


In just 35 minutes on the train from Edinburgh, the beaches of Burntisland can be at your fingertips – where, if you’re brave enough, you can even scuba dive! Aside from the traditional fish and chips that one would expect from a coastal town, the charming cafe Potter About offers patrons the chance sample the delicious food while painting ceramic pots; perfect for families or anyone who wishes to indulge their artistic flare.

Distance from Edinburgh: 7 miles
Duration of the train journey: just over half an hour
Cost of the one-way trip: From £5


Though not necessarily a respite spot from city life, Edinburgh’s grittier sibling Glasgow is just over an hour away by train and is an excellent spot for a day trip! With the never-ending Botanical Gardens, Kelvingrove Park and the cities quirky West End district to name but a few, you will not be lost for things to do in one of the UK’s finest cities!

Distance from Edinburgh: 42 miles
Duration of the train journey: just over 1 hour
Cost of the one-way trip: less than £10

21 Exceptional Places to Visit in Scotland

You might think you know all about your most northernly neighbours, yet, you’ll be surprised just how much Scotland is packed full of history, culture, geographical wonders and questionable, yet delicious, cuisine. The choice of places to see in Scotland is so vast and extreme that we left it to the experts to guide you through your journey of the mountains, glens, lochs and cities of Scotland. We had the privilege to pick the brains of top travel bloggers and Scotland specialists, who shared with us their top tips for things to see in Scotland, things to do and things to eat when visiting. Below are the best places to visit in Scotland.

21. Journey out to the hamlet of Kilmahog
20. Go seal-sighting in Portgordon, Moray
19. Kagyu Same Ling, Buddhist Temple
18. Take in the views from the Sound of Rassay
17. Visit The Kelpies in Falkirk
16. Visit Culross in the Kingdom of Fife
15. Visit Perthshire
14. Climb the Tap o Noth, Aberdeenshire
13. Ghost Tour of Mary King’s Close
12. Fly over Argyll and Bute
11. Sightseeing boat tour of the Forth Bridges
10. Take a walk along the Fife Coastal Path
9. Climb a Munro
8. Road trip through the Highlands
7. The Boathouse, Isle of Ulva
6. Dine in Edinburgh’s oldest pub
5. Eat the best Aberdeen Angus burger
4. Join the locals for a pint at the Clachaig Inn
3. Freshest seafood in Scotland
2. The Biscuit Cafe, Culross
1. Take a dram (a shot of whisky in Scots)

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