From where to stay to what to eat and do, we reveal the best way to enjoy a trip to Scottish city
Planning a trip to Scotland? We give you the lowdown on what to do in Edinburgh, covering where to stay, what to eat and sights to see.
From luxury to budget, there are countless places to rest your head. But summer is festival season, particularly August, so book early. Try three- star Ardenlee Guest House (0131 556 2838; ardenlee guesthouse.com; B&B from £30pp).
A Victorian townhouse in the heart of the city, it’s walking distance from top attractions.
With wood-panelled rooms, The Scotsman hotel (0131 556 5565; thescotsmanhotel.com; B&B from £149 per room) is former newspaper offices and central.
Or choose Waldorf Astoria – The Caledonian (0131 222 8888; waldorfastoriaedinburgh.com; rooms from £175 per night). Nestled in Edinburgh Castle’s shadow, it has two award-winning restaurants.
When it comes to eateries, you’re spoilt for choice. In the former home of 18th- century novelist Susan Ferrier, The Printing Press (0131 240 7177; printingpressedinburgh.co.uk; 21-25 George Street) pays homage to its illustrious heritage while offering relaxed dining. Try craft ale-battered fish and chips.
Close to the Royal Mile, Whiski Rooms (0131 225 7224; whiskirooms.co.uk; 4-7 North Bank Street) offers over 300 Scotch whiskies. The delicious menu includes handmade burgers and Loch Duart salmon.
In a 16th-century building, The Witchery (0131 225 5613; thewitchery.com; Castlehill) is popular with locals. Ask for a table in the Secret Garden and beneath the painted ceiling.
Stroll along the Royal Mile, flanked by shops and historic buildings, until reaching iconic Edinburgh Castle (0131 225 9846; edinburghcastle.gov.uk).
Relax in Princes Street Gardens, below the castle, and marvel at the world-famous Floral Clock. Commissioned in 1903, it contains around 40,000 plants.
Visit the National Museum of Scotland (0300 123 6789; nms.ac.uk) with galleries of archaeology, technology and Scottish history. Stop off at The Georgian House, in Charlotte Square, an elegantly furnished 18th-century townhouse.
But make time to step aboard Royal Yacht Britannia (0131 555 5566; royalyachtbritannia.co.uk) to discover what life was like on the Queen’s floating residence.