If you’re yet to visit Scotland’s glorious capital, we say do so immediately. Home to the Scottish National Galleries, Arthur’s Seat, the Royal Mile and the historic Edinburgh castle, there’s so much to discover in the compact city. Soak up the quaint charm of the Old Town, try your first taste of haggis, party in the underground bars - or have the time of your life at the lively Fringe Festival. From rolling hills, bagpipes, castles and booze there’s nowhere else in the world quite like this Scottish dreamland. Once you go, it will steal your soul.
St Christopher’s Inns Edinburgh is located right in the heart of the historic Old Town, just moments away from the city’s main sights. The hostel provides free breakfast if you book direct, as well as free walking tours, pub crawls and 25% off food and drink in its very own Belushi’s bar and Jake’s Place next door. There’s always something going on in Edinburgh, whatever the season.
Planning a trip to Edinburgh? Our guides to the lively city will make your life a whole lot easier. Packed with tips, weather updates, travel guides and maps pointing out the best places to explore, this hub has you covered if you’re visiting the land of the Scots for the first time.
Spring & Summer
Parks and gardens (The Meadows), Hike up Arthur’s Seat, Shopping, Outdoor cafes, Edinburgh castle, Fringe Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Nearby Beaches, Potter Trail, Walk up Calton Hill
Cosy pubs, Parks and gardens, Royal Botanical Gardens, Autumn harvest at Edinburgh’s Markets, Scottish National Galleries, Edinburgh Oktoberfest, Arthur’s Seat, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Dungeons for Halloween, Potter Trail
Christmas lights, Christmas markets, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Cosy Pubs, Christmas shopping on Royal Mile, New Year’s Eve parties, Edinburgh castle, Ice Skating, Botanical Gardens
We all know Edinburgh doesn’t boast the most stunning of weather, however upon touching down in the Scottish capital, you’ll realise that the city shines beyond the rain, explaining why the city attracts 4 million tourists per year. The warmest months to visit are July and August with average highs of 25 degrees, whereas the coldest are January and February. Don’t let Edinburgh’s chill put you off; locals like to say that you can experience all four seasons in one 24 hour slot, so you’re likely to see the sun every day. Just take our advice and pack an umbrella in your day bag - just in case!
1Getting to Arthur’s Seat Walk to the bottom of the Royal Mile until you get to Holyrood Palace, the walk up to Arthur’s Seat begins from here. Alternatively, you can catch the 36 bus to Holyrood Palace and begin the trek.
2Wear comfortable shoes Edinburgh is quite hilly with many steep paths and uphill steps so make sure you pack your comfiest trainers or shoes.
3The Old Town is cheaper For food, drink and clubbing stick to the Old Town if you’re on a tight budget where it is considerably cheaper than the New Town (and in many ways more fun, too).
4Backpacker discounts A lot of bars have 'backpacker discounts' which you can get by showing your key card all you have to do is ask
5The city is walkable You can walk from the Old Town to the New Town is about 15-20 minutes so there is no need to rely on public transport within the city
6Buying alcohol In Scotland you are not able to buy any alcohol after 22:00 in supermarkets or other shops.
7From the airport You can take the 'Airlink 100' bus from and to the airport it stops and picks up right outside the hostel.
8Layer up Edinburgh can get quite chilly, even in the summer, so dress weather-appropriately and layer up or carry a light jacket. Pack for 4 seasons in 1 day, always have a good waterproof jacket, Scotland is where umbrellas go to die.
9From the airport You can take the 'Airlink 100' bus from and to the airport it stops and picks up right outside the hostel.
Eating your way around local food joints can be one of the best things about visiting a new city. On a trip to Edinburgh, it would be criminal not to sample the Scottish delicacy… Haggis. However we’ve also got you covered if you’re feeling an authentic Italian pizza, a big juicy burger, vegan goodness or if you’re simply after the most cheap and cheerful spot in the city. Here are 7 of the best pubs and restaurants in Edinburgh that will save you some dosh and satisfy your wee belly…
7Ye look like wan o’clock half struck
8Yer heid’s full o’ mince
9Who stole yer scone?
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