Edinburgh is an extreme mash up of traditional Scotland with a modern city’s vibe and excitement. The weather is not always perfect, so be sure to plan accordingly – ideally visit in the later summer months when it’s a bit warmer and you can leisurely stroll the old streets to really enjoy the atmosphere of the city. Visiting in August during the Fringe Festivalgives you the added bonus of having up to 2,500 different performances to choose between every day, with prices starting as low as £3 – check out the last minute ticket stand in front of the Edinburgh Museum.
A collection of churches, pubs and shops on the Royal Mile, all leading up to the Edinburgh Castle, a spectacle situated on the top of a mountain overseeing all of the city. Just outside the castle walls are also some of the UK’s best restaurants ( though not cheapest! ). Stop in the Scotch Experience to take a ride in a ‘whisky barrel’ while learning about how Scotch is made, followed by a live explanation of the regions for various types of Scotch, culminating in a tasting.
Across Princess Street and the river is the ‘New Town’ which is littered with chain clothing stores and a wide variety of restaurants and pubs. Walk down George Street and check out some of the local restaurants to enjoy the local delicacies of salmon or, for the brave, haggis. Also be sure to stop in the coffee shop on the second floor of Jenners ( a department store ) and have a snack or cappuccino at one of the window seats, which offer one of the best views of the Edinburgh castle and Old Town in the city.