It’s all doom and gloom in the UK at the moment with the Independent stating that holiday prices are about to go up for British tourists due to the EU referendum.
Luckily there is a solution right on UK’s northern doorstep because Edinburgh was voted the best place to live in the UK for third time running by the Telegraph. With travel outside the UK more expensive, now is the perfect time to visit one of Scotland’s most prestigious cities.
The first stop when you arrive in the city is usually Edinburgh Castle. Overlooking the Scottish capital like a guardian angel is one of the UK’s oldest and most historical landmarks. From the Grand Hall full of different weaponry from across the centuries to stunning views of Edinburgh, the castle is must see.
Also, look out for St Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh’s oldest building and if you are at the castle at 1pm you can see and hear the One O’clock Gun, which is fired every day (except Sundays). Historic Scotland recommends reserving tickets online early as queues to the castle can get quite long.
There are many reasons to visit Edinburgh and we are by no means saying that whisky is the number one. However if you fancy a good scotch then you can do a lot worse than to visit one of the many whisky stores. The Scotch Whisky Experience is one of the top places and visitors can go on a tour and learn how the world’s best whisky is made.
Think of Scottish cuisine and you will probably come up with images of haggis and deep fried Mars Bars. You would be right, but that’s not all there is. Scotland is home to some of world’s finest produce and Edinburgh is a culinary wonderland full of restaurants showcasing what the country has to offer. Here are some more reasons to love Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is also a base for tours to the Scottish Highlands.
Yes for Brits, holidays abroad are about to get a bit pricier, but instead of feeling down use this opportunity to explore one of the UK’s gems. Here is a guide on how to spend 36 hours in Edinburgh. If you are on a budget, check out one of these backpacker hostels in Edinburgh.
Travelling to Edinburgh
Getting to city is easy. Most UK airports fly directly to Edinburgh. Leading airports such as Heathrow fly to over 170 destinations and the Scottish capital is one of them. Additionally, England’s second busiest airport, Gatwick has a direct flight to the destination, too. It also accommodates domestic flyers by offering them a ton of convenient services, such as valet car parking for business travellers or generally people who are in a rush. Parking4Less states valet customers check-in at reception and then “hop on one of the regular shuttle buses to the airport.” This easy form of car parking has become extremely popular over the last couple of years, eliminating the long queues people have to endure at busy airports.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to fly to Edinburgh there are many buses and direct trains travelling from King Cross Station in London throughout the day. For more information on these, head over to the Kings Cross Station’s official website.