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5 Reasons to Visit Edinburgh

The World's leading festival city has a lot to offer its guests.

06 . 08 . 2020

“This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.” – Alexander McCall Smith

Edinburgh is without a doubt one of the greatest travel destinations in Europe, if not the world. If you are looking for a city break then look no further than Auld Reekie. Here are just 5 reasons why you should make Edinburgh your next trip.

Read more: A list of movies filmed in Edinburgh

The History

There is no doubt that one of the most romantic aspects of our fair city is its dramatic past. Having existed for over 800 years, Edinburgh’s rich tapestry knows no bounds. Castle Rock became home to Edinburgh Castle because it’s height provided a natural barricade against invaders. Oddly enough, despite this great asset, the Castle holds the record as the most besieged place in the United Kingdom. The Castle today is a great historical landmark high up on many travellers’ bucket list. And the view itself is definitely worth the trip!

Don’t be fooled, however. There’s a dark and grizzled history lurking behind every corner of our fair city. Edinburgh has a number of sites known to give even the most avid ghost hunter a spook, with one of the most infamous being known as The Vaults.

If Medieval and Renaissance history isn’t quite up your alley then think about the film and literature history. In 2004 Edinburgh was named as the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. With Edinburgh authors such as Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), Walter Scott (Waverley), and JK Rowling (Harry Potter) it is really no surprise that the city has a strong relationship with creative arts. There are even two festivals – the International Film Festival and Book Festival – dedicated to these mediums.


The Festivals

Did you know that Edinburgh is considered to be the World’s leading festival city? From April to August, the city blossoms into a cultural phenomenon. It may be a cliche but there really is a festival for everyone. August, which alone encompasses the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Royal Military Tattoo, Art Festival and International Book Festival. Summer is without a doubt one of the greatest times to visit our city.

If you plan to bring the kids on your Scottish adventure then consider coming earlier in the year. With the Science Festival in April and the International Children’s Festival in May there’ll be plenty of activities to keep you all entertained.

We’d also highly recommend a visit during New Year. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (or New Year) is without a doubt the party of the year. In 1996-97 the famous celebrations recognised as the World’s largest New Year party. What could be better than seeing the New Year at the world’s greatest outdoor street party?


The Views

If you’re looking for a city with a view then you’ve come to the right place. Thanks to it’s ancient volcanic history there are many high peaks and summits for you to scale and take in the capital’s beauty.

Arthur’s Seat is allegedly the site of King Arthur’s Camelot. While you may not find his kingdom, what you will find is a renowned bucket list hill walk with beautiful views of the city and surrounding areas. Towards the north of the city, Calton Hill offers a much shorter and easier climb with terrific views. This is also a great place to watch any fireworks displays such as the closing of the International Festival.

And for those of you looking for the perfect Instagram shot our fair city won’t let you down. From Circus Lane to The Vennel, there are many famous photo spots throughout the city that you’ll recognise from any Edinburgh hashtag.

Circus Lane

The Attractions

Edinburgh is anything but short of attractions for solo travellers, families and groups alike to enjoy. The Castle is, of course, a must but don’t stop there! We’d recommend Camera Obscura & World of Illusions for a day of laughter and joy. With 6 floor of illusions and a live image of the city reflected onto a table in the Camera Obscura, there really is something for everyone. Besides, British history lovers will be sure to enjoy a trip to the Royal Yacht Britannia. The ship served the Royal Family as their residence for glittering state visits and is filled with British history. There are plenty of other attractions for you to enjoy, including an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants.

As one of the UK’s greenest cites (second, actually) there are plenty of parks and gardens for you to enjoy. The city is extremely dog-friendly, with many pubs (and us!) welcoming canine companions on a daily basis. The iconic Princes Street Gardens are in the centre of the city for you to enjoy a calm break from the busy hustle and bustle of Princes Street. Inverleith Park, just past Stockbridge, is a beautiful green space filled with plenty of picnickers on any sunny day. Around the corner from the park you’ll find Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens overflowing with floral specious for you to enjoy.

Arthur's Seat

The Culture

Our culture is a lot deeper than Haggis and Irn Bru… Fall in love with the Scots dialect and find your own favourite tartan. There truly is no equal experience to walking down the Royal Mile with the distant sound of bagpipes echoing throughout the city. The people themselves are refreshing; whether you are up Arthur’s Seat, in a nightlife hotspot or simply on the street we are always up for a chat and for a bit of banter.

There is a magic to visiting Scotland that simply cannot be put across in words; you have to travel here to experience it.

Royal Mile

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Why not fall in love with Edinburgh? Book your stay with us today. Each of our serviced apartments feature a fully-fitted kitchen, spacious living areas and high-speed WiFi. What’s more, we are even dog friendly! Trust me, you’ll love it!

Dog at reception


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