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Edinburgh is right in the heart of Scotland. The country's capital is an endearing blend of ancient and contemporary, making it one of Europe's most popular destinations for a city break. It's annual comedy/arts festival is one of the biggest in Europe too.

Why go?

Och aye! Edinburgh has it all - charm, history, culture, and plenty of festivals too...

Once in the city centre and settled in your hotel there is plenty to explore. History buffs will want to visit Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House. A stroll along the Royal Mile is a must, as is a stop off in the Royal Botanical Gardens and a walk along the shopping strip of Princess Street, with its blend of high street brands and famous department stores such as Jenners and Harvey Nichols.

The city is also home to some excellent art galleries and museums, including the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Childhood, the National Gallery of Scotland and the high-tech special effects of Dynamic Earth. Bus tours of the city are available if you are not up to tackling the famously hilly streets. The more active types will want to walk up Calton Hill and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the city.

Throughout the month of August the city is overrun with a mixture of amateur and professional comedians, actors and street performers as the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals take place across hundreds of clubs, theatre venues and performance spaces throughout the city. The city is full to bursting during this period, with heavily crowded streets, but it is a great time to visit and catch the city at its most vibrant. All accommodation sells out early, so book early to avoid disappointment.

New Year's Eve is a great time of year to visit the city, the Hogmanay celebrations and midnight fireworks from Edinburgh Castle are not too be missed. However book your accommodation early as competition for rooms is high at this time of year.

Car rental is a great way to explore the city, pre-booking using our price comparison tool gives the freedom to explore Edinburgh and the surrounding areas. Trips to the Highlands, Loch Lomond, Dunfermline or the Shetland islands are all popular amongst tourists and locals alike.

How to get there

Flying into Edinburgh is easier than ever before, with lots of daily flights from all over the UK - be sure to price compare for the best deals...

Flights to Edinburgh Flights arrive via Edinburgh Airport (EDI) which is located just six miles west of the city centre. 

Flights to Edinburgh are available from all London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Southend and London City) and from across the UK, from Bristol to Exeter, Birmingham to Cardiff. Including airports further north such as Manchester, Bradford, Southampton, Leeds and Belfast.

Edinburgh also takes flights from across the Republic of Ireland, Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Knock. Flights are also available from areas around Edinburgh such as the Highlands and the Shetland Islands, Kirkwall and Stornoway, Outer Sta r Hebrides.

Getting to and from the airport

As a major cosmopolitan Scottish city, Edinburgh is well serviced with transfer options...

Taxis and private hire vehicles are available from outside the airport terminal; the journey into the city centre should take around 25 minutes depending on traffic.

Pre-booked trips will cost less than metred fare.

A regular public bus service is available too and those travelling during any of the city's festivals are advised to book in advance to ensure no delays.

Where to stay?

From historical hotels steeped in Scottish culture, to small budget B&Bs, Edinburgh is a city bursting with great hospitality...

Edinburgh is home to several top, luxury hotels right in the heart of the city - many with views of the famous Edinburgh Castle. Expect doormen wearing kilts, impressive tartan furnishings and possibly a wee dram of whisky on arrival.

For those on a tighter budget, the city offers lots of attractive value choices. There is a growing number of welcoming boutique hotels in elegant Georgian townhouses or traditional B&Bs in leafy Victorian neighbourhoods just outside the centre.

The city is compact so most hotels are located centrally along, or within walking distance to, the most famous street in the city - Princes Street.

For those looking for a more country setting, but not far from the centre, Edinburgh is just a short distance to many historical guesthouses and golf resorts which offer excellent accommodation.

The Old Town remains popular with first-time tourists looking to discover the city's history, to explore the mysterious alleyways, and to step back in time in this atmospheric city.

Younger travellers, those avoiding the tourist trail, and business travellers will want to stay north of Princes Street where good value chain hotels and hostels are located near the busy nightlife and restaurants.

If you are looking to visit during the summer (August) remember that the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival is on and the city will be packed to the gills! Likewise, Hogmanay (New Year) brings thousands of tourists and locals to the centre, so be sure to book well in advance if possible.

Whenever you decide to head to this great city, make sure you check out great deals on flights too with our price comparison tool.