Edinburgh, Scotland

Best Season to Visit: Spring / Summer.

Reasons to Visit

  • Exploring Scotland: Though Edinburgh is a wonderful and historic city, a trip to Scotland cannot be complete without getting out into one of the islands or the Scottish highlands. EDI airport is well-connected to many European cities and Edinburgh Waverly has excellent rail links to the rest of Scotland and frequent high-speed links to London, Manchester and Birmingham among others.
  • Castles: Though tourists flock to the Edinburgh Castle, there are a few others within the city that are worth a visit (Lauriston castle & Dalhousie Castle)
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Edinburgh castle from Calton Hill

Getting Around

  • Operator: Lothian Buses
  • Airport to City Centre: 2 options, the locals take the 100 Express bus which is the faster option (20 minutes) and slightly cheaper as well. The Edinburgh tram is more comfortable but takes a bit more time (30 minutes). Tickets can be bought on board or from kiosks in the airport.
  • Intra-city Travel: A single trip costs 1.6GBP (no transfers) and a day pass costs 4GBP. Buy tickets on board. Exact change is required.
  • There exists a hop-on hop-off bus service with 5 routes that criss-cross the city. My recommendation would be to go for a day ticket instead and check our transit guide (linked below) for links between popular attractions.

Things to Do:

Spring blossoms at Royal Botanical Gardens

Spring blossoms at Royal Botanical Gardens

Weather

The Scottish weather is unpredictable to say the least. One can physically experience 4 seasons in one day. It’s on the grayer side as far as cities go with frequent intermittent drizzle. The summer is beautiful and can get up to a balmy 25C/77F. It’s a very windy city with 30 mph winds being normal, so it’s best to come armed with at least a wind-breaker. Winters have a small amount of snow and gets no colder than -4C/25F.

Food & Drink

  • Haggis : Scotland’s most famous and eccentric dish consisting mostly of sheep gizzards. I think it’s delicious! Also Los Cardos Haggis burrito.
  • Venison : Quite easy to obtain due to the large number of deer in Scotland.
  • Aberdeen Angus : Meat source for some of the best steaks in the world
  • Whisky : Called Scotch everywhere else in the world. Try 1 from each region. The Whiski rooms is a nice place to do so.
  • Beer: Some of the best in the UK. Salt Horse & The Hanging Bat are my favourite places to grab some craft beer. Some suggested breweries are BrewDog, Pilot and Inveralmond
  • Wings for chicken wings
  • Stack for dumplings
  • Le Escargot Blanc / Blue for French
  • Locanda de Gusti, La Favorita, Divino, Papilio and more for Italian
  • Thai food at Ting Thai Caravan & Passorn

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