Edinburgh Vacations

A staunch city built on seven hills, Edinburgh is the political and cultural capital of Scotland. Saying the Scottish capital is proud of its history just doesn’t quite do it justice. As the winter gray skies clear, the city blossoms with one of the world's most impressive array of summer festivals. If you like hundreds of Scottish country dancers, ... Read more
regal bagpipers and exploding cannons, make sure to visit the Edinburgh Castle's Military Tattoo (buy your tickets today!). How about the arts? The Edinburgh International Festival and its quirky offshoot Edinburgh Fringe Festival (overtaking its parent to become the world's largest arts festival) dominates the city every August with performances in dance, theater, music, and even stand-up comedy. But don't stay away if you arrive off-season, as there's plenty of things to do year-round. The Edinburgh Castle, home to the Tattoo, is a stately hilltop fortress that offers breathtaking views and a quick Scottish history lesson. Keep up with history at the National Museum of Scotland, where you can hear the Millennium Clock chime and see Roman-era weaponry. Scots love their signature haggis so much, they even offer it in a vegetarian option for squeamish visitors.
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  • Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh’s reputation for having wet, unpredictable weather is well deserved, so you should bring rain gear and layers whenever you travel. If you are looking for hot weather, it would be best to look ... Read more
elsewhere, because even in summer the temperatures only get up to daytime highs in the upper 60s and low 70s (19-22C). But with this warmer weather comes the festival season, one of the most exciting times of the year to visit. If you aren’t afraid of a little thermal underwear and freezing temperatures, the New Year’s celebrations of Edinburgh, known locally as Hogmanay, are epic, and famed for being some of the biggest in the world.

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What a very beautiful city! Fell in love with Edinburgh and it’s amazing people straight away. It’s home from home for me there.

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Very walkable, compact city where you have history and something interesting right almost every corner. Good food too, if you do some quick searching.

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Edinburgh is a magical place, full of history, activities, restaurants, and wonderful people. It is easily one of the picturesque and entertaining places to visit in the UK. Do not miss the month-long FRINGE festival in August - the biggest and most diverse arts festival in Europe.

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edinburgh is a great city! it’s full of life and the friendliest people around, it has a really nice safe and welcoming feeling. the nightlife is also great and very affordable along with there being a lot of history in the city

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Highly recommend a visit to Arthur’s Seat & Dean Village for some breathtaking views. Don’t miss Calton Hill as well. We loved the castle, but the city as a whole is beautiful and charming.

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I'm very biased as this is my home town. Having left as a pre-teen, then returned on the verge of 21yrs old, I've seen so much of this city. It fills my heart with joy. So much history. So much beauty. Please head of the beaten track. Meet the locals. But, also, hit the castle and all the things us locals ignore. Enjoy this all welcoming city and country!

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I was surprised how much I enjoyed this Scottish capital! It's a lovely smaller city that packs a ton of great history and culture along with nice locals and a youthful energy that's contagious. Great spot to visit.

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Edinburgh is a magical city. You’ll definitely see why the city is a UNESCO heritage site. Travelled who love to take long walks and soak in historic atmosphere will love Edi. Fringe Festival is amazing but the throngs of people make it more difficult to enjoy the historic beauty of the city.

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Lovely city with interesting spots but really messy during summertime with open air festivals.

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