Flights to Edinburgh take you to 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.
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.
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.
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 Holyroodhouse. 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 Nics.
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 Hil 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 Fringe Festival takes 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.
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