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Why fly to Edinburgh?
You can't get much more medieval modern than Edinbugh. The city is the capital of Scotland and home to historic structures that sing the tales of history in the region. Whether it is where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth or The Stone of Destiny that has anointed kings of yor, Edinburgh is steeped in the richness of its roots and magical stories.
The city sits on the Firth of Forth and is surrounded by a lovely and planned green belt, which is home to numerous parks and a walk through any one of them is refreshing. Edinburgh is home to Scottish parliament as well as a finance district that houses offices of multinational organizations.
Edinburgh is home to some of the country's finest and largest museums and galleries including the Museum of Edinburgh and the National Museum of Scotland and the National Gallery of Scotland. In addition to the many large outfits, there are also numerous independent galleries dotted throughout the city.
If you want to get some shopping done head to Princes street where you will find familiar brand names, additionally if you are looking for fancier duds you will find them in Multrees Walk. Princes Street is also where you will find some great Scottish dining and intimate pubs, so pop in for a drink and take in a piece of life in Edinburgh.
If you are lucky enough to be in Edinburgh during Hogmanay and New Year's celebrations you are in for a treat as the city hosts one of the largest New Year parties in the world. Edinburgh has come a long way since Mary Queen of Scots fled the city, it has grown and developed into a pulsating city of culture that still holds its ancient beauty with cobblestone streets and stately ancient structures. A visit will leave you feeling refreshed and enriched.
Edinburgh weather is maritime mild. The summers mean light airy days with temperatures in the high teens or low 20s. The winters are cold and hit the minuses from December through to February. Edinburgh is also fairly windy due to its hilly coastal location. Rainfall occurs throughout the year with the winter months receiving a little more than other months.
When to fly to Edinburgh
Summers are hopping Edinburgh, the mild weather paired with the numerous festivals have visitors flooding into the city. Flight tickets from June through to the first half of September are fairly pricey.
The fall and spring months are cool and the tourist flow slows down to a trickle. October and November are good months to travel to Edinburgh as you will see some great flight deals burst out of the posts.
Getting into Edinburgh
Your flight will land at Edinburgh International Airport, which is located about a 15-minute drive outside of the city. Once you collect your baggage you can head outside and catch one of the public buses or hop into a taxi.
Getting around Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a small walkable city so transportation is not so much of an issue. However, if you just can't get use to climbing up and down hills, there is a good public bus transport system. If you are planning a day trip outside of the city center you can use rail transport. Additionally, you can rent a bike or use a taxi.
- Every first-time visitor to Edinburgh should include Edinburgh Castle on the itinerary. The castle sits on Castle Rock and is quite a defining character in the cityscape. You can get lost in history as you wander through or take in a historical reenactment. You will also see the royal jewels as well as The Stone of Destiny.
- For a truly great souvenir, head to one of the many kilt milkers's in the city and have a kilt made in your own special tartan. Many shops are located in the Royal Mile, and if you don't have time to have a piece made you can also pick up some of the premade versions.
- You can create your own tartan while you're in the city. Edinburgh has numerous kilt makers' shops where you can
- Head to the city in August and prepare to be artified. The city hosts one of the largest art events in the world. This month will see creatives flooding into the city for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival as well as a humongous book festival.
- Pack a picnic lunch and take a hike up the Braid Hills to get a stunning view of the perfectly layed out city.
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