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Planning a trip to Edinburgh? In you’ll find all the necessary and up to date information on the best places to visit in the city, where to stay or the top neighbourhoods to go out for dinner and a night out, among a lot more interesting facts and figures. 

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Why visit Edinburgh?

View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill

Edinburgh, views of the Castle from Princes Street Gardens
Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street Gardens

Edinburgh at night
Edinburgh Castle at nighttime

Scotland’s capital is one of the most unique and memorable cities in Europe. Edinburgh has a rare charm with narrow and cobbled passageways, called closes in Scots. The town is also known for its dark corners where the most terrifying events have taken place, its majestic buildings and gardens, countless fascinating museums, which are free to visit and, especially, the city's kind and open locals. All the above-mentioned make this city a favourite among those who have visited it.

Edinburgh is fondly known as “Auld Reekie”, which means “Old Smokey” in Scots. This is because of all the smoke and chimneys the city had in the past creating smog over the city. The weather in Edinburgh is normally rainy and windy, but far from being an inconvenience, the bitter weather gives the city an extra charm, creating a mysterious and somber atmosphere.

The capital has a special radiance when the rays of sun stream through the clouds and when the night falls, the ghosts that refuse to leave Edinburgh come out to haunt the streets and buildings, while guides accompany curious tourists to see crypts, alleyways and graveyards in order to discover the mysteries that besiege the heart of the city.

As well as countless ghost stories, Edinburgh also offers its visitors and locals a wide variety of attractions, including museums, most of which are free. Tourists can also visit a whisky distillery and learn how Scotland’s national drink is made in the Scotch Whisky Experience, or discover how the Scottish people lived during the Middle Ages in the People’s Story Museum, or explore the evolution of medicine in the Surgeon’s Hall Museums.

The country’s hearty dishes combined with the traditional Scottish breakfast will probably mean that you’ll go home a few pounds heavier, but happy and with extremely fond memories of the city.

With our guide you’ll discover why Edinburgh is the second most visited city in the UK after London. Every year over two million tourists visit Scotland’s capital city.

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The most complete guide of Edinburgh

This guide has been written after exploring every close, taking photos of all the top attractions and discovering all the necessary information to make you stay a memorable experience. 

The information provided in this guide has been updated in September 2016. If you find a mistake or would like to make a suggestion, please do not hesitate to contact us.