06 Dec Edinburgh
As the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh has a rich history. The city is a very popular tourist destination but it also plays host to the Scottish government and many of the major banking institutions in the UK and Europe. A trip to Scotland wouldn’t be complete without at least a brief stop-off in the capital city. The castle alone is a good reason to head to Edinburgh.
How to get to Edinburgh
As you would expect from a major capital city, there are plenty of ways to get to Edinburgh and Edinburgh International Airport provides flights across the UK and abroad. The airport is located outside of the city and as of yet, the proposed tram link taking people from the airport to the heart of Edinburgh is not yet in operation. There is a bus link available to the heart of the city but depending on rush hour traffic, this can be a slow journey.
Anyone looking to travel in comfort or style will find that the best airport transfer in Edinburgh comes from Europe Shuttle. The company offers a number of services including the best chauffeur services Edinburgh has to offer, the most cost effective limousine services Edinburgh has to offer and a wide range of the most stylish executive services Edinburgh has to offer. If you are arriving in Edinburgh on business or pleasure, this is by far the best way to arrive.
There are two main train stations in Edinburgh, Haymarket and Waverley. Both of these stations can provide access to Glasgow, other parts of Scotland and England. There is also a regular bus service from Edinburgh to Glasgow (the 900 Citylink) should anyone be looking to see what else Scotland has to offer.
What to see in Edinburgh
The castle is easily the most important tourist destination in the city. A trip at night will see the castle lit up, making the perfect backdrop for pictures but there is a lot to be said for visiting during the day and making the most of the tours and other attractions. The Camera Obscura is a worthwhile attraction in Edinburgh.
The Royal Mile, situated close to the castle, is a main tourist hub, presenting the tartan image of Scotland. If you are interested in the history of Scotland, this is the area for you. The Royal Mile leads on to Holyrood, which is where the Scottish Parliament resides.
Edinburgh is known all over the world for the Edinburgh Festival held in August every year. While there is a broad mix of entertainment and art on show, the festival is primarily known for its comedy pieces.
There is a broad mix of restaurants in Edinburgh, offering cuisine from all around the world. There are many great Scottish style restaurants in the city but no matter what you are looking for, Edinburgh has something to offer.
With Glasgow being less than an hour’s train or car drive from Edinburgh, it is natural that many people will want to head through to the cultural capital of Scotland. Glasgow may not have a castle but it has everything else you could want to see. The nightlife in Glasgow is exceptional, there is an abundance of parks and the city has a tradition of live music, arts and drama. The city is also the sporting capital of the country. The Scottish national team play at Hampden Park and the country’s most successful football team, Celtic, can be found in the East of the city. The second biggest team in Glasgow, Partick Thistle, can be found in the west of the city.
Conferences Centres, Events & Conventions in Edinburgh
As such an important business and financial hub, Edinburgh has a wide range of conference venues and centres. The EICC is the main one but there are plenty dotted around the city. If you are looking for the most cost effective corporate transportation Edinburgh has to offer, make sure you check out what Europe Shuttle are offering.
Main Hotels in Edinburgh
There is an abundance of hotels available in Edinburgh but be warned, if you visit during August, rooms are limited due to the Edinburgh Festival. Recommended venues in Edinburgh include:
- Quality Hotel Edinburgh Airport
- Premier Inn Edinburgh Haymarket
- Malmaison Edinburgh
- Macdonald Holyrood Hotel.