Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a captivating city. For anyone seeking history , culture, wonderful views, kind-hearted people and amazing food… it is all here! It is the capital city of Scotland and you feel it from the very first moment you arrive. Nowhere else will you arrive in the centre of a city and be met with wonderful views of a fairy tale castle, an extinct volcano that is Arthur’s Seat, beautiful Princes St gardens and stunningly beautiful buildings in every direction.

Edinburgh is a World Heritage Site and the medieval city , known as The Old Town and the New Town dating back to the 1750s are visited by tens of thousands every year. All year round there are festivals…The Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe and The Christmas and Hogmanay Celebrations being perhaps the most famous. It is a foodies paradise with delights ranging from Michelin starred restaurants to wonderful produce at Farmers Markets. As you walk the streets you feel you are walking in the footsteps of countless before, some famous and many ordinary, but you walk in harmony with them and you can sense the past. Edinburgh is an exciting and vibrant city, and never disappoints!

tRAVEL AND TRANSPORT

There are excellent transport links to Edinburgh as you would expect. Edinburgh International Airport is 8 miles west of the city centre and very soon the long awaited, new, “state of the art” tram system will begin transporting travelers from the city centre to the airport providing a very easy and comfortable route to and from the city. Until that happens there is a very efficient 24 hour shuttle bus which takes approx. 25 mins to the centre of the city. And also numerous taxis are always available at the airport itself.

There is a first class bus service operating throughout the city and the website provides all the details necessary

www.lothianbuses.com

A first class road network makes Edinburgh very accessible by car  from every direction.

Rail links are also excellent. Waverley Station is right in the middle of the city and trains from London take approximately four to five hours  depending on the service you choose. Onward links from Edinburgh to the rest of the country make it a great centre from which to tour Scotland.

www.scotrail.co.uk

www.eastcoast.co.uk

www.nationalrail.co.uk

Like any other major city there are many taxis available. The most commonly seen and recognised around the city is probably

www.citycabs.co.uk

SAFETY

Edinburgh is generally considered to be a “safe” city.There are very few dos and don’ts apart from obviously taking the normal sensible precautions that you would do anywhere, in any country. There are very few customs to be aware of; Scottish people are always very keen to “take you under their wing” if need be and will explain anything they think you need to know!

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