Overlooked by Edinburgh Castle, this is a city steeped in the past, cosily atmospheric and even eerie in places – though the vaults and dungeons just add to its fascination. Hordes of visitors come here for the annual Fringe festival, but you can catch live shows at any time of year, and the city is particularly entrancing in the winter, when the cobbled streets will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a Robert Louis Stevenson novel. From the regal thoroughfare of the Royal Mile to the hilly countryside that’s heaven for hikers, it’s a city that will enchant even those who can’t stand the sound of bagpipes.
Edinburgh holidays are easy to organise thanks to ebookers, as we list the best hotels and flights for budding visitors. And, to make your holiday budget go even further, you should use the site to get up to 15% discount if you book Edinburgh hotels and flights together. Summertime is a top season here, as it brings a riot of colour to Scotland’s capital, not to mention street performers and avant-garde comedy shows come festival time. That said, the Christmas period is even more magical, with the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations rightly legendary for their joy and zeal. If you’re hankering for a Hogmanay holiday, be sure to search on ebookers and book as early as possible.
It’s an icon of the horizon, so Edinburgh holidays almost demand a visit to the castle. You’ll feel the centuries roll back as you step beneath the spiked portcullis, and enter a realm of ancient chapels, hulking siege guns and artefacts shrouded in myths, such as the Stone of Destiny, which has been used in numerous coronations. Meanwhile, for magnificent views of the Old Town – and a bit of a workout for your legs – you should climb the Gothic tower of the Scott Monument, built in honour of the beloved author Sir Walter Scott. Kids should enjoy Edinburgh Zoo, where the local residents include adorable pandas and waddling penguins. And then, of course, there are the pubs, bars and restaurants, which make for lazy afternoons and whisky-charged nights on the town.
It may be a capital city, but holidays in Edinburgh are easy to navigate. The historic core is nicely compact, meaning you can happily spend days here without once having to step on any public transport. That said, buses and trams are also available to whisk you from A to B, while visitors eager to see a bit more of Scotland during Edinburgh holidays can also opt to hire a car.
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