The capital of Scotland, affectionately known as "the Empress of the North" by Walter Scott, Edinburgh is a little-known city. And yet, it is one of the jewels of the United Kingdom. A medieval city, it cultivates ambivalence and oscillates between a village atmosphere and that of an exciting and exciting capital. A punk and festive city (God, whisky is good!), it has a very large number of pubs. But don't stop at that image. Bring your tour guide and visit Edinburgh also means visiting Old Town, the historic centre of the city, discovering Edinburgh Castle, climbing its three hills (Arthur's seat, Calton Hill on which the National Monument of Scotland stands, and Blackford Hill) and enjoying the views they offer. Then it's a stroll through New Town (which dates back to the 18th century!) before ending up in Leigh, Edinburgh's port. Going to Edinburgh is above all to immerse yourself in a strange city, whose inhabitants are crazy...

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When to go to Edinburgh?

The tourist season in Edinburgh runs from May to September and advance reservations will be required, especially in July and August when there is the highest attendance. If you can, come to Edinburgh in May or June instead. There will be fewer tourists, a drier climate, already long days! Don't hesitate to come in winter either. The climate will certainly be harsher and the sun will set early (around 3:30 pm), but there will be far fewer tourists and prices will be discounted in accommodation, such as on ferries and for some visits.

How to go to Edinburgh? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Many travel agencies offer travel packages to discover Edinburgh. The most frequent ones are escapades (3 days and 2 nights or 4 days and 3 nights) and long weekends. Apart from economic reasons, however, it is not very relevant to visit Edinburgh on an organised trip. You can also choose to pair Edinburgh with its industrial rival Glasgow.

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Visiting Edinburgh alone is very easy. The city is safe (be careful with pickpockets and alcoholic parties). Public transport and hotel facilities are abundant, you can make your choice. To avoid wasting too much time, queue cutters sometimes save time for a few extra books. Edinburgh is ideal for a family stay.

Edinburgh is easy and pleasant to walk, especially in summer and spring. This is the best way to fully appreciate the beauty of the city and its exceptional urban planning. For longer distances, the most convenient way to travel is by bus or tram, which has a large and frequent network. Finally, the taxi (recognizable by its black colour) is widely used in Edinburgh for an average of two pounds per kilometre.

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When to travel?

The tourist season in Edinburgh runs from May to September and advance reservations will be required, especially in J...
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Weather forecast

The climate in Edinburgh is temperate and oceanic. The average temperatures range from 15 to 20°C in summer and 5 to...
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Budget

The British pound and the Scottish pound have the same value and both circulate in Edinburgh. To change your money, u...
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Formalities

To travel to Scotland, you will need a valid passport or identity card. European citizens can stay as long as they wi...
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Health

The risks are no greater in Scotland than in France, Switzerland, Belgium or Canada, for example, so you will not be...
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How to travel by yourself?

Visiting Edinburgh alone is very easy. The city is safe (be careful with pickpockets and alcoholic parties). Public t...
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How to get organized?

Many travel agencies offer travel packages to discover Edinburgh. The most frequent ones are escapades (3 days and 2...
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Getting around

Edinburgh is easy and pleasant to walk, especially in summer and spring. This is the best way to fully appreciate the...
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