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What You Should Know More About Edinburgh

  • Travel Advice

    • Relish the local and international cuisine at the Edinburgh restaurants

    • Apart from the sights within the city, also check out Pentland Hills and Scottish Borders.

    • Do not miss on the art scene of the city and their art festivals.

    • Always carry sun screen, sunglasses, poncho, and umbrella on the same day as the weather in Scotland is unpredictable.

    • Take walking routes within the city. They are a pleasant experience.

    • Do taste the afternoon tea at any of the traditional tea rooms. This is a typical experience that you can get in places like these.

    • Always say “thank you” and “excuse me” as and when needed.

    • Do not buy kilts as they are super expensive.

    • Always pay for your drinks in bars, pubs, and restaurants.

    • You can open doors for other people.

    • Do not litter streets or stare at anyone.

    • Do not kiss new people you meet. Only use this gesture with people you know for a long time.

    • Do not pick your nose in public.

    • Mind your mannerisms when you visit Edinburgh.

  • Drinking Law

    The legal drinking age in Edinburgh is 18 years and above. Teens of the age 16 and 17 can drink beer along with the meals. They, however, cannot order for spirits along with the meals. Public drinking is prohibited in Edinburgh.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Castles, cathedrals, and landmarks


    Edinburgh Castle is a regal fortress and is one of the highest points of this city. It has been in excellent condition for 1000 years. Craigmillar Castle was built in the 14th century and looks magnificent. Abbey and Palace of Holyroodhouse host royal collections in their galleries.


    St Giles' Cathedral is a historic church. Mary King's Close has medieval history and has been a popular hunting site since the 18th century. Gladstone's Land, is 17th century tenement and has period furniture and painted the ceiling. Greyfriars Kirkyard is an old graveyard of Greyfriars Bobby. Camera Obscura gives a panoramic view of the city and is 150 years old. The Scottish Parliament has Spanish architecture and you must get tickets to watch the parliament sessions.


    Grass market area has vibrant history and is a historic town where horse and cattle were once sold.  Scott Monument celebrates the life of the writer, author, and poet Sir Walter Scott since his death in the 18th century. This is a site styled in Gothic style and gives a fantastic view of the city. TheRoyal Yacht Britannia is an attraction in Edinburgh that lets visitors tour the Royal apartments and view the collection of gifts offered to the Royal family from across the world. Royal Botanic Garden has vibrant and beautiful gardens and is a nice picnic spot. Edinburgh Zoo is a place to watch the penguin parade. Rosslyn Chapel is the one featured in “The Da Vinci Code” novel.


    Museums, galleries, and scenic areas


    Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum was built in the 18th century and is the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie. This museum has artifacts, documents, and photographs of the life of Andrew Carnegie. Calton Hill has monuments with extraordinary architectural style. The Gothic observatory here is done in neoclassical style. Nelson monument in Calton Hill is the tallest monument that was completed in the 18th century.Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is a place where you can view the entire city with a bird’s eye view. You will find many holograms, pieces of optical illusion, and rooftop views. The Burns Monument is a temple where devotees of Robert Burns pay a visit.


    Fruitmarket Gallery is an art gallery that holds contemporary art and showcases works of renowned artists. Jupiter Artland is a manor house done in Jacobean style and is not a sculpture park. Here you will find many magical landscapes and artworks of many renowned local and international artists. Museum of Childhood is a noisy museum and has collections of vintage toys, games like Sweeney Todd, antique dolls, and rooms where fancy dress parties, school, streets, and the nursery is depicted. This is a unique museum that is dedicated to showcasing the history of childhood.Museum of Edinburgh is a museum that showcases the local history, pottery of Scotland, silverware, and glassware. National Gallery of Scotland has collections of paintings from the period of renaissance.


    National Museum of Scotland has old fossils from the ancient history of Scotland. There is a dramatic, crypt-like an entrance to this museum. At this museum, you will also find sea creatures, wildlife, stones, relics, lighthouse models and more. Our Dynamic Earth is a themed gallery which showcases models of wonders of this planet, which includes different regions like the polar region, rainforest, and more. Pittencrieff House Museum has  Pittencrieff Park and was built in the 17th century. This is a mansion converted into a museum. It has many exhibits of fossils, wildlife, and dinosaurs.


    Royal Scottish Academy holds art exhibitions frequently. This museum has a neoclassical architecture. Scotch Whisky Experience showcases whiskey and flavours from different regions of Scotland. You can taste the fruit, sweet, smoky flavour and select the bottle that suits your taste. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art showcases paintings and sculptures of famous painters like Picasso, Georges Braque, and more. Scottish National Portrait Gallery is a gothic building made in sandstone made in themes such as enlightenment, reformation, etc. Soutra Mains on the edge ofLammermuir Hills provides an excellent view and is a scenic spot. The Scottish Mining Museum provides a history of mining industry of Scotland. Writers' Museum in the Lawn market standing since the 17th century has fine architecture and holds original manuscripts of popular writers like Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns, and more.


    Religious sites, parks, and national reserves


    Alva Glen is a gorge with a breathtaking view. It is great for taking walking tours. High Kirk of St. Giles is a cathedral and is an important church in this city. High Street has buildings, historic relics, Parliament square, and is inspired by the novel of Sir Walter Scott. John Muir Country Park is on the estuary of the River Tyne and is scenic with golden sand, woodlands, and wildlife. Mill Glen is a quarry surrounding waterfalls and is great for hiking. Ochil Hills Woodland Park is a place where previous metals were mined in the 18th century. Rosslyn Chapel has curious history and attracts those who love the Holy Grail stories. Scottish Seabird Centre is great for nature walks, bird watching, and nature photography.


    St. Mary's Parish Church is made of red sandstone and was built in the 6th century. Dunbar’s Close Garden from the 17th century has herbs, shrubs, flowers, and trees that provide a tranquil view in the Royal Mile. Cammo Estate has woodlands and ruins and is ideal for walking and dog walking.

  • What you will like there?

    Castles, memorials, and walking tours


    Calton Hill has most of the iconic monuments and historical sites of Edinburgh. There are theatres that can hold 3000 seats and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is played year long. Traditional Scottish folk music is placed at these concerts. Arthur's Seat provides an excellent panoramic view of the city.


    Festivals, shopping and eating out


    The Edinburgh International Festival is celebrated since the time of 1947. They host Fringe shows. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an iconic festival that showcases the iconic tattoos of the kilted bagpipers. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival showcases performances and artworks that are avant garde in nature. The Edge Festival is a music festival that is popular among the locals. The Edinburgh International Film Festival showcases films.


    For shopping visit the Prince Street in the New Town. There are departmental stores there.    Multrees Walk is a place to find high-end fashion labels like the Louis Vitton, and more. Grass market is the place for vintage clothing and prints and maps from the 16th century. Victoria Street is inspired by the Harry Porter series and has supplies and props related to this movie.


    The Royal Mile has the maximum number of souvenir shops in the Old Town. The port town of Leith has perfume shops, eco-friendly gifts, and antique stores.


    You can start your day with the typical Scottish breakfast which is a porridge made with oats. Taste the locally made desserts, whiskey, and meat dishes at most of the eateries of Scotland. Also, taste the staple Scottish teas.


    Pubs and lounges


    Irn-Bru is a place that serves non-alcoholic drinks. There are many pubs in the Grassmarket of the Old Town. George Street has the trendiest bars.

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?
  • Books

    Edinburgh: The Best Of Edinburgh For Short Stay Travel by Gary Jones

  • When is the best time to visit Edinburgh?

    The best time to visit Edinburgh would be June Through August. The preferences of people generally vary, so here is a month-month, year long, itinerary of the Climate of Edinburgh:

    Mid May-Mid September: the best time to visit Edinburgh is in the summer when the temperature is around 20°C, tops. This is also when the tourist season is full on and the rates rise, but the best parts of this are the festivals that take place. It is the prettiest time of the year, with amazing weather and bustling roads.

    November- March: this is when the winter sets in, and the tourists start clearing out, sightseeing is easy if one is covered up in warm clothes, and rates of everything takes a deep plunge. This might be the ideal time for people who are not interested in festivals or crowds.

    April-Mid May, and Mid-September to October: this is when the spring and autumns seasons take place. This is also when the prices are moderately low and the weather is amazing for sightseeing and whatever other activities one wants to do.

  • How to reach Edinburgh?

    There are a number of ways of entering the city because Edinburgh is very important to Scotland’s Finance. The country keeps cities clean and well connected. The ways to reach Edinburgh are:

    By Plane: the Edinburgh International Airport is about 10 miles away from the main city, and therefore very accessible. The Airport has many utilities and caters to both domestic and international Flights and airline companies.

    By Train: Edinburgh Waverly Railway Station is so pretty that it is an attraction in itself. And people coming in from their respective railway stations feel blessed to have come in via train.

    By Road: the roads of Edinburgh might be slightly confusing for the visitors, but the moderately cheap taxis are worth the money one spends on them because the layout of the city is not as easy to grasp in a very short period of time.

    By Bus: Edinburgh Bus Station is available for all those who want to travel on long distant trips, and the luggage lockers come at a much cheaper rate than those at Railway stations.

    By Boat: Ferry Services are available for those who want them; the experience is amazing and something out-of-the-box that you can talk about to your friends.

  • What are the things to do in Edinburgh?

    Every piece of brick, very amount of mortar that was taken to build the city of Edinburgh, holds witness to the many beautiful things that can be done in it. The things to do in Edinburgh are:

    •    visit St Margaret's Chapel
    •    explore the Edinburgh Castle
    •    check out the Royal Yacht Britannia
    •    explore Palace of Holyroodhouse.
    •    Royal Mile is to be seen
    •    Bend a knee at Royal Mile
    •    Admire the artifacts at National Galleries of Scotland
    •    See the Loch Ness
    •    Drive up the Scottish Highlands
    •    Pass by Stirling Castle
    •    Appreciate the Wallace Monument
    •    Get to know a lot about Linlithgow Palace
    •    See the Fort Augustus and Fort William
    •    Go boating over the Loch Ness and listen in for the Loch Ness Monster Nessie via Sonar Systems
    •    Drive to Cairngorms National Park
    •    Go through the  Spean Bridge village
    •    Explore the Drummochter Summit to Pitlochry

  • What is the local food of Edinburgh? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    The city of Edinburgh has been blessed with many restaurants, and eateries, with the chefs that seem to make food that makes one dream.

    The local food to eat in Edinburgh are:

    •    Stovies
    •    Cullen Skink
    •    Cranachan
    •    Curry
    •    Haggis
    •    Full Scottish Breakfast
    •    Pudding
    •    Rowies

    The Place where you can eat all this amazing and tasty food is:

    •    Aizle
    •    Restaurant Martin Wishart
    •    Purslane Restaurant
    •    Howies Restaurant
    •    Taste Of Italy
    •    Amber Restaurant
    •    Ondine
    •    The Dogs
    •    Bis Bistro
    •    Castle Terrace

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Edinburgh?

    The Best way to commute around Edinburgh is via foot, which normally doesn’t charge anything much, and in that way, everything can be enjoyed to the fullest. The best public transport to commute around Edinburgh are:

    By Bus: Lothian Buses and The First are the two bus services going around in Edinburgh, providing people with excellent transportation, comfortable and easy.

    By Train: the trains here connect every possible train station and make commuting easy for locals as well as tourists.

    By Car: Going on a personal car might be slightly problematic for many reasons, but booking a cab might make life easier, what with the winding old roads, and the no parking areas.

    By Tram: the Edinburgh Tram lines started working in 2014, and the day tickets that can be bought here apply to any and every stop, excluding the airport, and a one-day bus ticket, where all rides are free, payable by the day ticket.

  • What is the local language in Edinburgh and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    As friendly as the people of Edinburgh are, if you don’t understand what they are saying, which is a huge possibility, judging by their accent while speaking English, the colloquial tongue is pretty awesome and fascinating once you understand what the other person is trying to say. To do so, you have to know the basics of their English, they are as follows:

    Yes: Ay

    No: Naw

    What’s your name: Whit they cry ye?

    Long time no see: It been a Dunky's since the last saw ye

  • Which are the best shopping places in Edinburgh and what are they famous for?

    Shopping is the best part of Vacation, even it hurts our pockets sometimes, but that is not how things are in Edinburgh. Everything you buy from there is of high quality and cheap. The best shopping places in Edinburgh and what they are famous for is listed below:

    • George Street: fashion hub with bars and wide array of restaurants
    • The West End: organic food, flowers, souvenirs shop
    • Stockbridge: jewelry, second-hand stuff, gourmet food
    • The Royal Mile, High Street, and Canongate: whiskey, eateries, cashmere
    • Princes Street: Flagship stores
    • Multrees Walk: luxury labels and fashion brands
    • The Grassmarket and Victoria Street: Vintage apparel, restaurants, and pubs
    • Bruntsfield and Morningside: Shoe boutiques and card shops

  • Which are the famous museums to visit in Edinburgh?

    The museums are full of historical greatness, such as antiques and vintage material. The famous museums to visit in Edinburgh are:

    • Royal Yacht Britannia
    • National Museum of Scotland
    • Museum on the Mound
    • Surgeons’ Hall Museum
    • The Edinburgh Dungeon
    • The Museum Of Edinburgh
    • Museum of Childhood
    • People’s Museum
    • Writer’s Museum
    • The Royal Scots Regimental Museum
    • Museum of Fire
    • Freemasons’ Hall, Edinburgh
    • St. Cecelia’s Hall and Museum
    • Prison’s War
    • Lady Stairs House
    • Heart of Midlothian Museum and Memorial Garden
    • Sir Jules Thorn Exhibition of Surgery/ Dental Museum
    • The Anatomical Museum
    • Institut Francais D’ Eacosse
    • West Register House
    • Lothian & Borders Fire & Rescue Service
    • The War Poets
    • Scottish genealogy and society
    • Playfair Pathology Museum
    • Reid Concert Hall Museum
    • Newhaven Heritage Museum

  • How is the nightlife in Edinburgh?

    The nightlife in Edinburgh has risen and flourished is the last few years, a great deal. The nightlife in Edinburgh can be experienced at:

    • The Tron
    • The Devil’s Advocate
    • Makars Gourmet Mash Bar
    • Beach Lane Social Club
    • The Rat Pack Piano Club
    • Finnegan's wake
    • The Angels Share Hotel
    • Clermiston Inn
    • The Central Bar
    • Gin71 Edinburgh
    • Bar Bados
    • The Holyrood A1
    • Silk Nightclub
    • Platform
    • The Bongo Club
    • Shanghai Club
    • The Stand Up Comedy Club
    • Belushi’s Edinburgh
    • The Liquid Room
    • The Hive Nightclub

  • Which are the best places to watch concerts and plays in Edinburgh?

    Being as famous as it is with concerts and plays, Edinburgh is decorated with such beauties. The best places to watch concerts and plays in Edinburgh are:

    • The festival Theatre Edinburgh
    • Usher Hall
    • The Queen’s Hall
    • Church Hill Theatre Edinburgh
    • The Rat Pack Piano Bar
    • The Jazz Bar
    • Traverse Theatre
    • Edinburgh Corn Exchange
    • Stramash Live Music Bar
    • Edinburgh Playhouse
    • Bedlam Theatre
    • The Stand Comedy Club
    • King’s Theatre
    • Hard Rock Cage
    • The Caves

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