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. Edinburgh is famous for its Royal Mile, which connects two of the city's most important attractions, Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House. The city is also home to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Murrayfield, the home of Scottish Rugby.
Princes Street is the main shopping street in Edinburgh's New Town. It is home to many of the luxury four-star and five-star hotels to be found in the city. Edinburgh hotels are spread throughout the city and all the major hotel chains, including Best Western, Hilton, Marriot and Sheraton, are represented. Princes Street Gardens, a public park set in a valley between the Old and New Towns, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, is a 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. Edinburgh is famous as the festival capital of Europe and, as such, hotels in Edinburgh tend to be booked well in advance.
If you're on a budget or booking at the last minute, university halls of residence, such as Pollock Halls, offer affordable bed and breakfast accommodation. However, if you need to book hotel accommodation in advance you can save money by using Travelsupermarket's comparison tool.
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