An Edinburgh Vacation Will Make
You Want To Come Back

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What can I tell you about an Edinburgh vacation? Quite a lot actually, but being a Scotsman my opinion will be biased so I'll try to be brief.

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I live just a two hour drive from Edinburgh, so my experience of the city is made up of day visits at different times of the year.

If you're looking for sunshine, then this is not the place for you. You may be lucky enough to have a couple of weeks of sunshine in June, July or August.

Most of the time the weather can be quite unpredictable but there's so much to do you probably won't notice the weather. A great time is guaranteed in Scotland's capital. There is so much going on that a two week vacation may not be enough, and you will be surrounded in history and captivated by the culture and traditions.

A Packed Programme of Events :

An Edinburgh vacation will have you spellbound with a host of attractions, and the most popular is Edinburgh Castle, at the top of the Royal Mile.

Edinburgh Castle

The Castle is the centrepiece for the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and if you have an Edinburgh vacation in August, this is a must.

Another major event in summer is the fabulous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a three week extravaganza in August featuring more than 2,000 shows in the performing arts, mainly drama, dance and music.

During the Festival the streets of the city are alive with performers from all parts of the world, entertaining you as you walk the Royal Mile from Holyrood Palace to the Castle, retracing the footsteps of past Kings and Queens, and taking in the sights. August is probably the best time to visit.

The Royal Mile is one of the oldest streets in the city, and got it's name because it is just over a mile long, and because of the royal connection.

Edinburgh's great at anytime, but if you visit towards the end of December, prebook your ticket to the best Hogmanay Party in the world.

An Edinburgh vacation will provide you with fantastic shopping, excellent restaurants, vibrant music and theatre. The capital is also a great base for exploring the Scottish Highlands, the Borders, Stirling and Glasgow. The city has been voted ‘best UK city’ three times by Conde Nast Traveller.

You'll fall in love with Scotland, the breathtaking scenery of the lochs and mountains, the turbulent yet romantic history, the culture and traditions.

The friendliness of the Scottish people will live with you for a long time.

If in Edinburgh, you should take advantage of the many Edinburgh Tours that are available for seeing the sights and attractions, starting from £18.

Backpacking or doing a self guided tour of Europe? You can find thousands of Hostels & Budget Accommodation throughout Europe.

Travelling to Edinburgh :

Shop around for deals on the lowest air fares, and customise your trip with flight or hotel only, or as a package. Please remember insurance when travelling. Essential Travel offer online discount travel insurance.

Quick search Edinburgh Hotels for the latest offers.

Currency :

The monetary unit of Scotland is the Great Britain Pound. Check the Currency Converter to see how far your money goes.

Edinburgh Climate :

Changeable though not too extreme, with dry spells and rainfall. Temperatures rarely drop to 0C. Take a brolly.

Edinburgh Airports :

Just one - Edinburgh Airport, serves most major airlines.

Getting Around :

The city centre is small enough to cover on foot, and this is the best way to see it. If venturing further afield there are regular bus and train services, and taxi fares are reasonable.

Popular Edinburgh Attractions :

Apart from The Castle there is The Royal Yacht Britannia, The Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Zoo, 25 museums and 2 cathedrals.

One thing you must do :

You must try the Fish & Chips from 'The Deep Sea', on Leith Walk.

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