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What to do in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is the historic but modern city of Scotland. The country’s capital sits on rocky crags and volcanoes that rise from the flat landscape. This city is just perfect for travellers who love culture, nature, fantastic events, and a great glass of Scotch. But whoever comes to Edinburgh ends up loving those things anyway, and so will you.
Start with the Scot’s tourist spots in Old Town including Arthur’s Seat, the Scottish Parliament, and the Palace of Hollyroodhouse. Head to mysterious and historic Edinburgh Castle too, which dominates the city’s skyline. You can even witness the one o’clock gun being fired if you visit from Monday to Saturday.
Discover just how magical and stunning Edinburgh is and see its different sides from Calton Hill, Blackford Hill, Water of Leith, the Royal Botanic Garden, and by climbing to the top of an extinct volcano at Holyrood Park.
Are you a culture vulture? Visit Dolly the cloned sheep at the National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and Camera Obscura. Then spend the rest of the day shopping at Princes Street and the Royal Mile. Aside from boutiques and shops, those two also have lots of pubs, cafes, beautiful buildings, and even bagpipe players.
You don’t need to wear a kilt for the ultimate Scottish experience. Just visit Edinburgh during the Hogmanay and celebrate the Scottish New Year with heaps of food, drinks, and exciting local traditions. Other famous events in the city that you can’t miss are the Fringe Festival in August and the Edinburgh Oktoberfest at Princes Street Gardens.
Get more out of you city trip and check out these 10 things to do for under a tenner in Edinburgh.
When to visit Edinburgh
The best time to visit Edinburgh is any time of the year, but for cheaper prices you should schedule your trip during the shoulder season (October-November and February-May) or the low season (December-January).
You can fly to Edinburgh whenever you want because Australians don’t need a visa to enter the UK and visit for up to 90 days. Make sure you check out Smartraveller for more info.
Travelling to and around Edinburgh
You will be landing in Edinburgh Airport. From there, you can reach the city by train, airport taxi, coach, and buses. Then start exploring Edinburgh by tram, taxi, train, and bus.
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