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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  • Royal Mile
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  • National Museum of Scotland
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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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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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Padua, Italy

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

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Local from Edinburgh, UK

I may be biased; I’ve lived in Edinburgh all my life, but I think it’s the best city in the world. From the layers of history (literally, the new streets are built on top of the old) to the beautiful scenery, there’s an astonishing amount to do for anyone.

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Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA

Edinburgh is my favorite city, out of all of the ones I've been to thus far. It has a bit of everything and a history and culture that is unparalleled. Plus the food here is awesome, and the scotch......oh the scotch. I could go on and on about Edinburgh.

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Local from Edinburgh, UK

Edinburgh is a beautiful city all year round but in August it transforms completely into a wonderland. It's the busiest, but by far the best time to visit if you enjoy live comedy, art, music, theatre... and things in between all those that I can't even describe. Though I live in Edinburgh, every August feels like I'm in a different city. Check out my profile for some of my favourite places to eat, drink and play - away from the tartan tourists.

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Chesterfield, Missouri, USA

Great place with lots of history and culture. The people are friendly and the food is unique! If you can get there during a good warm season check out the castles and pretend your in a game of thrones episode

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Miami, Florida, USA

An amazing city in Scotland that is filled with so much history and great pubs.

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Barcelona, Spain

It is a beautiful place and special place. Its architecture and shape makes it totally different from other places in Europe.

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Local from Edinburgh, UK

Edinburgh has it all, great restaurants and pubs, lovely scenery and a castle!
If you fancy joining up gastronomy and history; a walk down the royal mile popping into anywhere that takes your fancy is the way to go. I really rate angels and bagpipes for some lunch and if you time it right you might see some traditional live music being performed at one of the many watering holes.

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