From ghost hunts in the ancient alleys to designer shopping in Princes Street, Edinburgh is a diverse and exciting destination... Read more
Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is situated inland from a large estuary on the east coast of Scotland, known as the Firth of Forth.
As well as attractions such as the Royal Mile and Holyrood House, you can visit lovely Princes Street Gardens, a public park set in a valley between the Old and New Towns. The gardens sit in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, which is another popular destination for visitors.
Edinburgh city centre is within easy reach of many Scottish attractions. If you want to experience fresh air, healthy exercise and the beautiful countryside around Edinburgh, you could try hiking or mountain biking in the Pentland Hills Regional Park, just outside the city. The Royal Yacht Britannia, now a museum, is moored at Leith, just a mile from the city centre. If you fancy a trip further afield, Glasgow is less than 50 miles west of Edinburgh and Loch Ness is about 100 miles to the north.
Visitors to Edinburgh might also be able to enjoy Britain's most famous military parade, Trooping the Colour, in addition to a tour of the Scottish Parliament and a trip to Calton Hill.
The best time to visit Edinburgh is during the summer months of June, July and August, when average maximum temperatures are around 17 or 18 degrees Celsius. Most of the festivals for which Edinburgh is famous, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Art and Comedy Festival and, of course, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, take place during these months.