As the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh contains some of the key tourist attractions. These include the elegant Princes Gardens and centrally located Calton Hill to Murrayfield for rugby and the arts and comedy festival that takes place each August.
Time your visit well and you can even catch a glimpse of royalty as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh take part in a number of different engagements in Scotland during the summer period. This tends to be a series of events based on celebrations of Scottish culture and history. Known as 'Holyrood Week' this period is defined by events such as Trooping the Colour and a Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Visit between the months of July and August and you'll also be able to take advantage of some of the latest shows and acts at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, not to mention the great local deals at many fine restaurants, bars and clubs. Summer temperatures mean it's a pleasant time of the year to take to the great outdoors.
To make the most of your journey, take advantage of Edinburgh car hire and take the stress and hassle out of getting around. With a car you can access a wide range of activities and well-known sites.
Take in the grand and historic Scottish Parliament building and don't forget to enjoy shopping on Princes Street. With a hire car waiting for you you'll never have to worry about how to get all that shopping home with you.
Simply pick up your hire car at Edinburgh Airport (EDI) or downtown to enjoy easy and stress-free travel when and where you want. However, if you're travelling into the city remember that it may be better to use the local park and ride facilities.
However, if you plan your journey in advance and use local NCP car parks you can take a drive into the centre of Edinburgh to Castlehill and visit the Castle there. Make the most of your visit with a castle tour and take in the local history at an archaeological site that dates as far back as AD 638.
For those looking for more photographic opportunities, why not take a road trip to the Firth of Forth and take a boat tour across one of the largest estuaries on the coastline of eastern Scotland? With the well known Forth Bridge providing excellent seascapes, this is an ideal place to take a break from city locations.
With car hire you can choose to visit yet more picturesque settings in the countryside. Scotland is famed for its wild hills and mountains so it's well worth taking a drive out of town to enjoy this unique landscape. For instance, why not drive to the Lothian mountains and enjoy the challenge of mountain climb?
You can even make the most of a road trip out of town to visit Loch Ness. Just don't forget to take your camera for those crucial Nessy shots!
You can also make your way over to Glasgow to take in the cultural sights and sounds of the city. Visit the Riverside Museum and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and let the children loose to enjoy all manner of intriguing and exciting objects. Other attractions include the local literary tours and distillery tours by car.
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