One of the UK’s most popular ports and a lively stopover on arctic cruises heading north to Iceland and Greenland; Edinburgh has plenty to keep cruise visitors amused. Scotland’s is most famous for its annual Fringe Festival and riotous Hogmanay (New Year’s) celebrations but whenever you visit, you’ll get a taste of the legendary Scottish hospitality.
Category: Things To Do
May 1, 2013
Arguably the most famous of Edinburgh’s legendary seven hills, the dormant volcanic mount of Arthur’s Seat lies to the South East of the main city center, overlooking the grounds of the magnificent Holyrood Palace.
April 17, 2013
There might be more than a few rainy days, but springtime in Edinburgh is still one of the most picturesque times to visit the city. The city’s parks are in full bloom, breezy days and fewer crowds make it the perfect time for sightseeing and the city’s legendary Farmer’s Markets start up in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle – a great way to sample local fare and support homegrown produce.
April 3, 2013
Whether you’re on a strict budget or just trying to stretch your pounds as far as possible, there are plenty of things to do for free in Edinburgh. Here are some of the best ways to save money.
1. Head to the suburbs
Edinburgh’s compact city center makes it easy to take a walking tour of the sights, but if you’re looking to save money on accommodation costs consider basing yourself outside of the central district. Neighborhoods like Dean Village and Leith lie on the outskirts of the city but maintain good transport links to the city – you might not get the choice of stylish hotels available in the city, but you’ll certainly save a few pounds. Alternatively, look into the city’s hostels – the cheapest options normally involve sharing a dormitory with 3 or more others, but some also offer budget private rooms.
March 20, 2013
With so many sights within easy reach of the Scottish capital, there’s no excuse for only staying in Edinburgh. Whether you want to explore medieval castles or hike in the glens, here are 5 of the best day trips from Edinburgh.
1. Trossachs National Park
Escape to the wilderness of the Trossachs National Park, less than an hour from Edinburgh, where there are plenty of outdoors activities to keep the whole family busy. Stroll or cycle through the pretty woodlands; visit the Inchmahome Priory where Mary Queen of Scots was once a guest; try you’re your hand at kayaking or windsurfing on the lake; or go bird spotting at the Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve. Still got time to spare? Pay a visit to the nearby Stirling Castle on the way back.
March 6, 2013
A popular day trip from Edinburgh, just 15km from the city center, the majestic ruins of Linlithgow Palace hold a special place in Scotland‘s history, serving as a royal residence for Scottish monarchs throughout the 15th and 16th centuries.