A Travel Guide to Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, sits in perfect contrast to the tranquility of the surrounding region of Lothians which consists of East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian. Stately homes, medieval chapels and dramatic castles abound in this area and provide a sense of Scotland’s unique and impressive history.

The area has many historic towns and scenic villages, which are great for exploring. From award-winning beaches, championship golf courses and some of Scotland’s most impressive visitor attractions, the Lothians offer plenty of things to see and do.

Edinburgh has one of the most stunning cityscapes in the world with Scotland’s most famous castle dominating the skyline. The city has achieved the perfect balance between things traditional and contemporary.  Here are to be found world-class museums and galleries and the city even has its own zoo. From world-famous festivals to top-class bars and restaurants as well as fabulous shops, there is no shortage of attractions. Indeed, Edinburgh’s annual festival of traditional arts is held in spring and showcases the best of Scottish talent as well as acts from across the world.

Edinburgh’s streets are steeped in history and it has a thriving cultural scene. The heart of the city is designated a World Heritage Site and combines the medieval Old Town and a Georgian New Town as well as award-winning modern architecture.

From stylish hotels in the heart of Edinburgh to rural retreats in the surrounding hills, you will find the perfect place for you and your budget.

Edinburgh boasts a huge choice of accommodation whether you are alone or with friends or family.

A great way to discover Edinburgh is with a tour guide. As well as learning a lot about the city, you will be surprised, delighted and entertained as you discover the delights on offer. Tour guides are professional men and women who are trained and normally registered with professional bodies. Many of them have professional, academic and specialist qualifications to make your tour special. A tour guide will introduce you to the area or, in many cases, if you require a specialist visit, themed tours are available on such diverse subjects as antiques, archaeology, architecture, castles, gardens, museums, theatres and many more. You are almost certain to find something to your liking. Tour guides often speak other languages so language need not be a barrier to your tour. Whether you are in a party or travelling as an individual, your sightseeing requirements will be taken care of.

Edinburgh is very accessible by road, train or by air. Most people choose to fly as this is the quickest and safest method to get to this wonderful city.