Overview of Edinburgh
You don't have to visit during the famous Fringe Festival or Hogmanay to make the most of Edinburgh. This dynamic destination attracts millions of tourists across all seasons, boasting a truly vibrant atmosphere unmatched by other cities. Famous for being highly walkable, the city centre is easily accessible from the airport thanks to the newly opened tram. The city boasts a truly magnificent focal point that no other destination in the world can rival – Edinburgh Castle. All activity in the city pivots around this magnificent medieval stronghold. The Old Town, described by Lonely Planet as ‘the most gothic city outside of Transylvania’, is a photographer’s paradise with its characterful spindly buildings and opulent Reformation era edifices. The New Town, by contrast, offers a cool cosmopolitan vibe, and an amazing array of designer department stores, high street shops and one-off boutiques.
Attractions around Edinburgh
To get the full Edinburgh experience, hop on and off the award-winning guided bus tours and visit attractions like the Royal Yacht Britannia and the botanical gardens. Stroll down the Royal Mile to the awe-inspiring Holyrood Palace, and you’ll pass a plethora of cute cafes, eccentric souvenir shops and ancient pubs. The Real Mary King's Close, a seriously spooky tour of Edinburgh's ancient underground city streets, will really bring the Old Town to life. Head to the New Town for your art and culture fix – the area is home to the National Gallery of Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Edinburgh offers plenty of options for outdoorsy types, too; those fit enough to trek up Arthur’s Seat will be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the city.
Travel to and from Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport is located in Ingliston, which is 5 miles from the city centre. It’s just off the M8 motorway, making it easy to reach by car.
IATA code: EDI
Name: Edinburgh Airport
Address: Edinburgh Airport, Scotland, EH12 9DN