The Edinburgh AddressWhy visit Edinburgh? Simply put to escape the ordinary... The reality is it's a beautiful city, split in two with Old Town and New Town battling for popularity. With enough historical attractions to keep you busy and plenty of warm pubs, cafes and restaurants for you to fill your belly and slick your thirst. We locals think Autumn and Spring are the best seasons to visit. The colours are just stunning whether you are in the city or on the country side. The disclaimer is it will probably rain, but can a little rain rally ruin your holiday? Areas to stay in Edinburgh? Do you want to wake up with Scotland on your doorstep, and the famous castles, moors and glens through your window? Or perhaps you'd like to stay in a luxurious penthouse with sweeping views across our stunning capital city? Stockbridge An affluent, elegant and wealthy area of Edinburgh where you'll commonly see a mix of long-time locals and successful youth. It is an idyllic Victorian village. The Townhouse is A masterpiece of a home, featured in newspapers and magazines, has gorgeously curated art, and picture-perfect rooms. Those looking for a characterful home have found the right space. Newington This area is known for its youth, not only for the many students who are attending UoE but also its vibrant atmosphere. Plenty of cool bars and restaurants you won't be bored. The Mapmakers Townhouse, where fascinating Edinburgh history and imposing architecture meets modern luxury, space, light and attention to detail. West End Is that area that every city has which is offbeat or shabby chic. Full of indie fashion boutiques and other uniquely singular shops. You'll find 5-star dining as well as those hole-in-the-wall pizza parlors. The Edinburgh Mews was originally stables, today, The Edinburgh Mews is a quiet and tastefully restored house, in the heart of Edinburgh city centre. East End Only a jump from the buzzing city centre the East End is packed with high end retail. If you are looking for that sleek city vibe this is your area. It's neo-classical grandeur makes it distinctly Edinburgh. The Art House is everything you could want the Playhouse theater across the road, the boutique shops, delis and restaurants on Broughton street. Walking distance from Princes Street, Calton Hill, the Royal Mile, Royal Botanic Garden and the vibrant Leith. How many days in Edinburgh? The perfect amount of days to spend visiting Edinburgh City would be around 3 days. The city itself is not too big but there are plenty of stunning places and things to see. During a long weekend you can enjoy a good amount of things inside Edinburgh; a castle tour, a trip down to Leith and you would even have time to drink some spirits and shop some cashmere. However, if you are looking to explore other amazing destinations around Scotland we recommend a bit longer say. But more on that another time. What to do in Edinburgh? 1) Edinburgh Castle Hill Tour - The Castle, inside you can take part in scheduled tours, visit the restaurant for food or just enjoy stepping foot into history. - The Scotch Whisky Experience, one of our best experiences on Royal Mile which starts with a barrel ride of the distillery, a panoramic movie of the whisky region, a visual presentation of the alchemy of blending whiskey and finally a wee tasting. - Camera Obscura & World of illusions, The 6 floor tower offers plenty of optical illusions, holograms, Eye spy Edinburgh with the 19th century viewcam, get lost in the mirror maze, and scare yourself with interactive experiences. - Tartan Weaving Mill, the shop reveals the whole process involved in tartan production, from shearing sheep to the actual kilt. 2) The Magical Victoria St & West Bow The colorful shops and lovely windows make it a must visit. The views from the terrace are stunning, and you can see the famous George Heriot's School, one of the locations that gave inspirations for Harry Potter's Hogwarts. 3) The Scottish National Gallery or National Museum of Scotland These are both fantastic visits and if you have time we recommend both, but if you don't I would suggest going to the National Museum if you have kids with you. The Gallery is free to pop in and absolutely a must if you love art. It's truly an exquisite collection. 4) Royal Botanic Garden these extensive gardens are one of the most colourful ways to spend an afternoon in Edinburgh. Discover approximately 13,500 species, including a giant lily pond, a Scottish heath garden and Victorian glasshouses filled with exotic plants from around the world.
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A door into Scotland: A friendly and helpful peak to insider tips from a local for the best Edinburgh experience

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Why visit Edinburgh?

Simply put to escape the ordinary... The reality is it's a beautiful city, split in two with Old Town and New Town battling for popularity. With enough historical attractions to keep you busy and plenty of warm pubs, cafes and restaurants for you to fill your belly and slick your thirst.

We locals think Autumn and Spring are the best seasons to visit. The colours are just stunning whether you are in the city or on the country side. The disclaimer is it will probably rain, but can a little rain rally ruin your holiday?


Areas to stay in Edinburgh?

Do you want to wake up with Scotland on your doorstep, and the famous castles, moors and glens through your window? Or perhaps you'd like to stay in a luxurious penthouse with sweeping views across our stunning capital city?

Stockbridge

An affluent, elegant and wealthy area of Edinburgh where you'll commonly see a mix of long-time locals and successful youth. It is an idyllic Victorian village.

The Townhouse is A masterpiece of a home, featured in newspapers and magazines, has gorgeously curated art, and picture-perfect rooms. Those looking for a characterful home have found the right space.

Newington

This area is known for its youth, not only for the many students who are attending UoE but also its vibrant atmosphere. Plenty of cool bars and restaurants you won't be bored.

The Mapmakers Townhouse, where fascinating Edinburgh history and imposing architecture meets modern luxury, space, light and attention to detail. 

West End

Is that area that every city has which is offbeat or shabby chic. Full of indie fashion boutiques and other uniquely singular shops. You'll find 5-star dining as well as those hole-in-the-wall pizza parlors.

The Edinburgh Mews was originally stables, today, The Edinburgh Mews is a quiet and tastefully restored house, in the heart of Edinburgh city centre.

East End

Only a jump from the buzzing city centre the East End is packed with high end retail. If you are looking for that sleek city vibe this is your area. It's neo-classical grandeur makes it distinctly Edinburgh.

The Art House is everything you could want the Playhouse theater across the road, the boutique shops, delis and restaurants on Broughton street. Walking distance from Princes Street, Calton Hill, the Royal Mile, Royal Botanic Garden and the vibrant Leith.


How many days in Edinburgh?

The perfect amount of days to spend visiting Edinburgh City would be around 3 days. The city itself is not too big but there are plenty of stunning places and things to see. During a long weekend you can enjoy a good amount of things inside Edinburgh; a castle tour, a trip down to Leith and you would even have time to drink some spirits and shop some cashmere. 

However, if you are looking to explore other amazing destinations around Scotland we recommend a bit longer say. But more on that another time.


What to do in Edinburgh?

1) Edinburgh Castle Hill Tour

- The Castle, inside you can take part in scheduled tours, visit the restaurant for food or just enjoy stepping foot into history.
- The Scotch Whisky Experience, one of our best experiences on Royal Mile which starts with a barrel ride of the distillery, a panoramic movie of the whisky region, a visual presentation of the alchemy of blending whiskey and finally a wee tasting.
- Camera Obscura & World of illusions, The 6 floor tower offers plenty of optical illusions, holograms, Eye spy Edinburgh with the 19th century viewcam, get lost in the mirror maze, and scare yourself with interactive experiences.
- Tartan Weaving Mill, the shop reveals the whole process involved in tartan production, from shearing sheep to the actual kilt.

2) The Magical Victoria St & West Bow


The colorful shops and lovely windows make it a must visit. The views from the terrace are stunning, and you can see the famous George Heriot's School, one of the locations that gave inspirations for Harry Potter's Hogwarts.

3) The Scottish National Gallery or National Museum of Scotland


These are both fantastic visits and if you have time we recommend both, but if you don't I would suggest going to the National Museum if you have kids with you. The Gallery is free to pop in and absolutely a must if you love art. It's truly an exquisite collection.

4) Royal Botanic Garden


these extensive gardens are one of the most colourful ways to spend an afternoon in Edinburgh. Discover approximately 13,500 species, including a giant lily pond, a Scottish heath garden and Victorian glasshouses filled with exotic plants from around the world.


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