Welcome to Edinburgh – Scotland’s picturesque yet hilly capital. A diverse city that offers rich culture, historic sights and adventures in the great outdoors by the bucket load.
Its two distinct neighbourhoods, medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town, are separated by the beautiful Princes Street Gardens public park and guarded by the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, perched high above them.
There’s something here for everyone – whatever you’re into. Explore Edinburgh’s medieval streets on a bike tour, discovering hidden gems with your local guide. Browse the local markets offering fresh produce, handcrafts and be sure not to miss the Christmas Markets.
For the more adventurous types, conquer Arthur’s Seat, the peak that looms over the city or head to Portobello Beach, loved by the locals and a great spot to watch the sunset. When it comes to locations for an activity holiday in Scotland, it doesn’t get much better than the capital.
Edinburgh is famous for its Fringe Festival, and for good reason. The biggest arts festival in the world creates an incredible atmosphere in the city and runs for pretty much the whole of August. But if you’re not going to Edinburgh for the festival, we would recommend keeping your visit outside of August, thanks to incredibly high accommodation prices and low availability.
Otherwise, there is no real bad time to visit. Expect cold, wet weather from November through to March, but a wonderful atmosphere around Christmas and Hogmanay (New Year) time. For the best weather, visit in June, July, or September.