Edinburgh is a bustling, exciting, international city no matter when you decide to visit it. You feel the sense of history just walking along many of its cobbled streets and narrow wynds. It’s the place to be for sightseeing as there are so many attractions and of course, Edinburgh Castle sitting proudly overlooking the famous Princes Street. You will find many hotels, hostels, BnBs and campsites in and around Edinburgh to choose from. Why not check out some of our recommendations.

When should I book my trip to Edinburgh?

There are so many Festivals on in Edinburgh that you would need to be careful to book in plenty of time to get the best deals if you are planning on booking during any of the Festivals. If you are planning on going to the Hogmanay celebrations find out if you can get tickets before booking your trip.

Which area of Edniburgh should you stay in?

Stockbridge has hotels, restaurants, bars and shops and is well worth considering. Leith also has hotels, restaurants, bars and shops but also the famous Leith Walk for you to stroll along. The City Centre is the place to be if you don’t mind perhaps having to pay a little more for your accommodation. From here you will be able to access entertainment, theatres, shows and lots of visitor attractions.

Camping in Edinburgh

If you are planning on visiting during the main festival month of August you might want to consider the Festival Camping site in Ingliston. This is 23 minutes from the City Centre but can be lots of fun as it’s full of festival goers and performers. Mortonhall Caravan and Camping Park is only 4 miles from the city centre and caters for all types of campers with caravan, tents, wigwams and huts. This site is open all year, has a bar and restaurant on site and is on a regular bus route to the centre. If you belong to the Caravan Club then look no further than Edinburgh Caravan Club site on the Firth of Forth.

What’s the best time of year to visit Edinburgh?

You can have a great time in Edinburgh at any time of year however why not try to fit your visit in during one of Edinburgh’s many festivals. Here are the dates over the next year:

  • 13 Jul 18 – 22 Jul 18 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
  • 26 Jul 18 – 26 Aug 18 Edinburgh Art Festival
  • 3 Aug 18 – 25 Aug 18 The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • 3 Aug 18 – 27 Aug 18 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • 3 Aug 18 – 27 Aug 18 Edinburgh International Festival
  • 11 Aug 18 – 27 Aug 18 Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • 19 Oct 18 – 31 Oct 18 Scottish International Storytelling Festival
  • 30 Dec 18 – 1 Jan 19 Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
  • 6 Apr 19 – 21 Apr 19 Edinburgh International Science Festival
  • 25 May 19 – 2 Jun 19 Edinburgh International Children’s Festival
  • 19 Jun 19 – 30 Jun 19 Edinburgh International Film Festival


BEST PLACES TO STAY Find the best places to Stay in Edinburgh

Eastside Stable

Off the beaten track yet just 10 miles from central Edinburgh, Stable Cottage is the perfect bolthole for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Set amidst the swathes of rich purple heather, wild flowers and Scots pines, it offers miles of walking from your doorstep.
Penicuik EH26 9LN Eastside, Scotland GB

Eastside Byre

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this cosy cottage in the Pentland Hills is part of a beautifully converted 18th Century farmstead near Edinburgh. The Byre is ideal for holidays but also small parties & family gatherings in the country.
Penicuik EH26 9LN Eastside, Scotland GB

Eastside Steading

The Steading Cottage is hidden in a peaceful glen of the Pentlands Hills surrounded by rugged heather hills, long walks & spectacular views. Explore the stunning landscapes & nearby Edinburgh – or just curl up by a roaring fire in your hilltop hideaway.
Penicuik EH26 9LN Eastside, Scotland GB

Westside Woodshed

The Woodshed is a modern architectural gem just 10 miles from central Edinburgh.
Penicuik EH26 9LN GB

The Dunstane Houses

Luxurious, relaxed and unlike anywhere you’ve ever stayed before, the Dunstane Houses is a family-run boutique hotel that brings a breath of fresh Orkney air to the heart of Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh EH12 5JQ Scotland GB

23 Mayfield

Edinburgh guest houses luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in Edinburgh, formerly Barony Guest House, owners formerly of Aonach Mor, close to Edinburgh shopping, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh museums, art galleries and visitor attractions.
Mayfield Gardens 23
Edinburgh EH9 2BX Scotland GB

Porteous’ Studio

Porteous’ Studio is a simple, Architect designed holiday home in Edinburgh.

THINGS TO DO IN SKYE Visit our Edinburgh Attractions page for some ideas of both traditional tourist places as well as some ideas put forward from our social media Instagram site. There’s lots to choose from. Here are some of them:

Don’t miss the hidden gem of Dean Village

Only minutes from Princes Street and the Water of Leith is this most amazing little village with cobbled streets, lovely old and historic buildings and beautiful views along the river.
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Soak up the vibrant bustling atmosphere of the Grassmarket in one of its outdoor bistros

The Grassmarket is an ideal place to eat, drink, shop and take in the atmosphere of the historic part of the Old Town
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Investigate the neo-classical architecture of the New Town

The New Town was actually built in the 18th century and incorporates neo-classical style buildings with tall ceilings and decorative finishes.
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Journey around our world past, present and future at the National Museum of Scotland

This museum is fascinating, inspiring and a great day out for all ages. Find out about dinosaurs, animals around the world and the wonders of natur
Chambers Street
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Shop, eat and enjoy the gardens in Princes Street

Edinburgh’s Princes Street is the start of the New Town and a lovely place to enjoy a day shopping with its beautiful gardens running alongside it and the castle high up overlooking it.
Princes Street
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Take a leisurely walk along the Royal Mile to experience the Old Town

The Royal Mile
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Bring out your creative side – experience the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Queen Street 1
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North Berwick Law

The pretty town of North Berwick is a joy in itself but it also boasts the North Berwick Law, a hill of volcanic rock that survived the ice age.
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Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat

If it’s panoramic and breathtaking views you are after, the summit of Arthur’s Seat offers one of the best vantage points over the city
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Take a stroll around the Meadows

After the dank of the underground vaults, enjoy the fresh air in the large public park, The Meadows.

Check Out The Underground

Edinburgh is a city with secrets. The Blair Street underground caverns are magnificent and breathtaking.

Visit Holyrood Palace

The Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of the Royal Mile and is the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth.

Drop in at St. Giles’ Cathedral

The Royal Mile

The name was given to the main thoroughfare in the Old Town of Edinburgh, the Royal Mile is formed by the succession of streets
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Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove is a series of underground passageways and chambers hand-carved from sandstone located beneath the streets of Gilmerton, an ex-mining village, now a southeastern suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Sunset at Calton Hill

How many cities do you know of that have hills protruding right in the middle?
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