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Edinburgh Travel Guide

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Best of Edinburgh

3 days in Edinburgh
3 days in Edinburgh

As the home of the Scottish Enlightenment, Edinburgh is one of Europe's most beautiful cities with a striking landscape that nicely counterpoints a history rich in gore and treachery that inspired Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In three days you can explore Edinburgh's history, from spooky tales of royal and religious intrigue and strife to underground (literally) adventures, all spiced up by Scotland's water of life and an endlessly evocative skyline.

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Family-friendly Edinburgh

Edinburgh for young kids
Edinburgh for young kids

The recent arrival of a pair of giant pandas should give a much-needed shot in the arm to the city's venerable zoo. Other child-focused attractions include the charming Camera Obscura, painless lessons in geology at Our Dynamic Earth and a crash course in the toys of the pre Xbox/Wii/Nintendo era at the Museum of Childhood. Best of all, however, are the terrific array of child-friendly, hands-on exhibits at the dazzling, revamped National Museum of Scotland.

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Edinburgh on a budget

Edinburgh for free
Edinburgh for free

World-class, state-of-the-art museum and gallery, an impressive urban park with spectacular views, humble stories of the city's common folk and fabulous botanic gardens await -- and you need never put your hand in your pocket.

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Insiders' Edinburgh

Edinburgh off the beaten path
Edinburgh off the beaten path

Enjoy a taste of the offbeat, from the macabre artifacts of the surgeon's craft to Da Vinci Code enigmas, subterranean labyrinths, graceful galleries and an island of monastic majesty just a mile off Leith's bustling foreshore.

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Getaways from Edinburgh

Daytrips from Edinburgh
Daytrips from Edinburgh

Head to Braveheart Country around Stirling for Scotland's premier castle experience, to Glasgow for shopping and the stunning architecture and design of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Britain's most interesting Victorian city, to the Borders for fine medieval abbeys in the land of Sir Walter Scott, to the Highlands for glorious scenery in one of Europe's last great wildernesses, and to Pitlochry for spectacular scenery, adventure trips and all the woolens you could want less than two hours from the capital.

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EveryTrail
Castle To Palace - Edinburgh's Royal Mile
Castle To Palace - Edinburgh's Royal Mile

This is a pleasant 1-1.5 mile walk downhill, along Edinburgh's World famous Royal Mile. The Royal Mile is Edinburgh's High Street, linking The Castle (at the top), to the Palace at Holyrood (at the...

Edinburgh - a literary adventure in UNESCO's first City of Literature
Edinburgh - a literary adventure in UNESCO's first City of Literature

In 2004 UNESCO designated Edinburgh as its first City of Literature. It's a fitting tribute because Scotland's capital has bequeathed to the world a number of literature's most enduring and resonant...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Edinburgh for families with young children
Edinburgh for families with young children

Happy hearts and happy faces,
Happy play in grassy places—
That was how, in ancient ages,
Children grew to kings and sages.
- Robert Louis Stevenson 'Good and Bad Children' in ‘A Child’s Garden...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Highlights of Edinburgh
Highlights of Edinburgh

There's something seductive about Edinburgh. Nature and elemental forces have scoured and scooped the volcanic rock on which the city sits, creating a series of hills erupting from a coastal plain...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Edinburgh: Athens of the North
Edinburgh: Athens of the North

“And then, upon all sides, what a clashing of Architecture! In this one valley, where the life of the town goes most busily forward, there may be seen, shown one above and behind another by the...

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Perfect Day

Scottish castles and scenery (DavidRankin, Mar 22, 2007)
3.0 of 5 stars 1 Vote

Perfect Weekend

Edinburgh Weekend on a budget (NYCladylondon, Apr 15, 2009)
4.0 of 5 stars 3 Votes
Flowers in the gardens (Purdie, May 2, 2006)
0.0 of 5 stars 0 Votes

Best Of

Cities in Great Britain (tarebearky, Jan 12, 2008)
4.0 of 5 stars 2 Votes
Haunted Cities (worldmusician, Aug 15, 2008)
4.0 of 5 stars 4 Votes
Complete Unesco World Heritage Sites (nataliegoes, Mar 26, 2008)
3.5 of 5 stars 13 Votes

Recent Trip

Family Scotland adventure (DadTravelOrganiser, Jan 1, 2012)
4.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes
4.5 of 5 stars 6 Votes
The Green Man in the Glen (janew22ct, Dec 19, 2007)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote