EasyJet Holidays: Edinburgh
Meet the ‘Empress of the North’. The historic city of Edinburgh is known around the world for its rich culture and peaceful countryside. It is a city shrouded in ancient legends, from dragons to King Arthur. Its earliest settlers date back to almost 8500 B.C. and the city has remained a hotspot for visitors ever since. Watching over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the mystic Stone of Destiny (a must see when visiting Edinburgh). But the city isn’t just full of ancient tales. Edinburgh is also known for its great romantic weekends away and its variety of arts festivals. Whether it’s the Film Festival, Fringe Festival or the International Book Festival, the city has something for all kinds. And if you prefer shopping, then take advantage of Princes Street or one of Edinburgh’s many boutique stores.
Although the winters in Scotland can reach as low as 5 degrees, the summer months average a pleasant 15 degrees. The climate is perfect for a calm stroll through the centre or a brisk hike over the countryside. Whether you are exploring the Medieval Old Town or the elegant Georgian New Town, both are full of unforgettable holiday snapshots. Make sure to keep a keen eye on the city’s seasonal events, as their Christmas markets and New Year’s fireworks are unlike any other.
Edinburgh is the home of log fires and renowned local whiskies, so it’s a perfect getaway from a busy city life. And maybe you have heard the stories of the gentle giant that lives in the waters of Loch Ness? If not, pay a visit to the loch and see what you can find.
Top Edinburgh resorts
The Old Town
This is the heart of Edinburgh’s medieval roots, where most of the top tourist attractions are placed. Here, you can relax at the renowned Scotsman Hotel, or the rustic Balmoral, which offers turret rooms with panoramic views of the whole city. Enjoy a spot of afternoon tea in the Palm Court and be the king of your castle.
Stockbridge and Canonmills
Situated to the north of the New Town, this exclusive neighbourhood is Edinburgh’s location of luxury. There are many quirky independent shops here and it is the home of the most relaxing area of the city, the Royal Botanic Garden.
Sitting at the mouth of the Water of Leith, this quaint little harbour town has exploded into Edinburgh’s hub of contemporary arts, culture and food. Today, the quirky shorelines of Leith are the home of eclectic galleries, street performers and bespoke dinning spots. This place is ideal for the young and the young at heart.
Things to do in Edinburgh
Holyrood Parks and Arthur’s Seat
No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without a stroll through the Holyrood Royal Park, which leads up to the legendary Arthur’s Seat. With up to 640 acres to explore and a view unlike anything else in Scotland, the adventurous won’t be disappointed. And when you are there, maybe pay a visit to St Anthony’s 15th century medieval chapel, the architecture is stunning.
National Museum of Scotland
Formed in 2006, the city hosts the National Museum of Scotland, where you will find a complete rundown of the country’s heritage. The museum also offers special events in the evenings and on weekends. Admissions are free and it stays open from 10:00am to 05:00pm all year-round, except for Christmas Day.
Sitting only a couple miles from Edinburgh’s city centre, Portobello Beach is 2 miles of golden sands. In the summer it is an ideal spot for camping, sunbathing and swimming. After morning dip here, you will never feel fresher.
Built into the cliff face of Castle Rock (a dormant volcano) is the magnificent Edinburgh Castle. It’s best if you approach from the east near the bustling Royal Mile and the Scottish Parliamentary buildings. Just before the Castle itself is the Esplanade, where the Castle Concerts happen in July and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo Festival in August.
Food and drink in Edinburgh…
You can find some of the finest dishes from all over the globe just a short walk from the main train station. However, if you want to sample the city’s local cuisine, then you are going need to try Scotland’s native dish, sheep’s pluck Haggis (sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, minced with onion, oatmeal and suet). A favourite dish of many in Scotland, it is traditionally eaten on Burns Night. If sheep isn’t for you, then a sweet afternoon tea with a huge collection of cakes is Edinburgh’s gentler dining speciality. When it comes to whisky, Scotland is renowned worldwide as the best. With a hefty collection of scotch, spiced and single malt whiskies coming from Edinburgh’s Lowlands alone, this is the local drink of choice.
Edinburgh is a modern city that offers a spectacular nightlife and a whole range of eateries. You will never be stuck for choice. In fact, the city centre hosts a great range of award winning restaurants, from steakhouses to French inspired wine bars. One of the best places to visit is Timberyard. It is a family owned eatery, growing their own herbs and smoking their own meat and fish on site. The restaurant is cosy and contains a courtyard for summer and a wood-burning stove for winter. It’s the perfect romantic dining spot to warm the bones and the heart.
Going to Edinburgh with easyJet holidays…
Edinburgh is the home of legend, modern art and beauty. Many spend their lives exploring its scenic hillsides and dreaming of its charming city streets. If you book your hotel and flights together you can save with easyJet holidays. Have the holiday you want, with flexible booking options, attractions for every type of person and great hotels tailored to fit any budget. The city of Edinburgh has so much to give that you’ll want to visit it all over again. And with easyJet, that won’t be a problem.