In addition to its proximity to Edinburgh Airport the hotel also allows easy access to the rest of Scotland: Fife, Tayside, Aberdeenshire, The Borders, Central West Scotland and Glasgow (M8 and M9 motorways). Edinburgh city centre, with all its history, including the renowned Edinburgh Castle and of course famous shopping in the likes of Jenners or Harvey Nichols, is just 20 minutes away by a frequent, inexpensive bus from Edinburgh Airport.
To sum up the vibrant city of Edinburgh, home of one of Scotland’s most famous skylines, one could say it is an intriguing mix of style and culture, the ancient and the modern but, most of all, one could say that Edinburgh represents the cosmopolitan and forward thinking nature of modern day Scotland.
With the country’s most prized castle standing guard over one thousand years of history, combined with the opening of the striking new, ultra modern Scottish Parliament Building, there is plenty to see and do in Edinburgh with the perfect balance between all things traditional and contemporary.
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO & SEE IN EDINBURGH:
1. Edinburgh Castle
2. Camera Obsucra and World of Illusions
3. Arthurs seat
4. Royal Botanic Garden
5. National Museum of Scotland
6. Portabello beach
7. Real Mary King's Close
8. Royal Yacht Britannia
9. Princess Street & Princess Street gardens
10. St. Giles Cathdedral
Walk the royal mile:
The royal mile is indeed a mile long, hence it’s name, and it is steeped in history from top to bottom. At the top of this cobbled street you have Edinburgh castle and down either side are a number of attractions
Find out more www.edinburgh-royalmile.com
Visit the Fringe Festival:
The Edinburgh Fringe festival is when the city really comes alive. Throughout the month of August hundreds of performers flock to Edinburgh to impress the thousands of visitors that visit Edinburgh each day for the festival. The Edinburgh Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival and is not to be missed.
Find out more www.edfringe.com
Go on a ghost tour:
This one is perhaps not for the faint hearted. Discover one of Edinburgh’s underground streets or vaults with an Edinburgh ghost tour. There are a number of different tour groups who do ghost tours under Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, on these tours you will find out about the vaults past and their now ghostly present. You may even come across a ghostly presence or two.
Mercat tours are a 5 star tour attraction and offer excellent tours of the underground vaults www.mercattours.com/home.asp
The Scotch Whisky Experience
Take an expert guide through the magical and potentially hazy world of whisky making. You will be able to sample a number of drams throughout this experience, if you like whisky, you’ll love this.
Find out more www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk
A unique kind of shopping:
Yes shopping is a favourite of most cities, but in only a few cities will you find as many tourist shops, there is more tartan on the Royal Mile than you can shake a stick at. A personal favourite of ours is the Edinburgh Fudge Kitchen (also situated on the Royal Mile). The kitchen often offers free samples and fudge is made freshly in front of you.
The fudge kitchen www.fudgekitchen.co.uk
Bring in Hogmanay with a bang:
Edinburgh has one of the world’s most famous new year’s parties. Join the street party and witness a spectacular fireworks show, live music, outdoor bars and of course the all important big count down.
Find out more about all the events www.edinburghshogmanay.org
Eat out the Scottish way:
Sample some traditional Scottish cuisine from Scotland’s capital city. There is a number of Scottish restaurants that sell haggis, steak pie and all of that good stuff. As they say, when in Rome..
For a list of Edinburgh’s restaurants www.list.co.uk/places/restaurants.