The Scottish capital Edinburgh has in recent years emerged as one of the UK’s and Europe’s most attractive tourist cities. With its very well-preserved sights from the Middle Ages, the city can line up with plenty of sights. Perhaps most famous is Scotland for its venerable castles and historic constructions. Not least, the Scottish people are known for their hospitality – which means that more and more Norwegians choose to make the trip to Edinburgh.
With around 460,000 inhabitants, according to DigoPaul, Edinburgh is considered a small capital measured by European standards. This means that the city center is relatively intimate and pleasant, at the same time as modern quarters are constantly emerging. First and foremost, you travel to Edinburgh to see the many cultural monuments, but the city can also offer attractions for both families and couples.
Recommended hotels in Edinburgh
- Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh–Hotels in Edinburgh do not have to cost a shirt and here you as a Norwegian get a lot for your money. A good example of this is Radisson’s Collection Hotel on the Royal Mile. This is a great five star hotel with very good service and nice facilities. The hotel is perfectly located in the old town, with only 1 minute walk to the famous Royal Mile street.
- Principal Edinburgh George Street– Another stylish five star hotel at an affordable price. The hotel is centrally located in New Town. Very good feedback from guests and many facilities. Here you have access to an indoor swimming pool and spa, as well as a fitness center. The hotel also has 2 bars and 2 restaurants under one roof, as well as a beautiful terrace.
- Apex Waterloo Place Hotel– In Edinburgh you get a fair amount of hotels for the money and the Apex WAterloo Place Hotel is another good example of that. The hotel is centrally located in the New Town of Edinburgh and you are within walking distance to most things. Large and nice rooms, as well as nice staff.
Travel to Edinburgh
Most people are not aware that Edinburgh is the second most popular tourist destination in the UK, beaten only by London. Over 13 million visit the city every single year, many of them to experience the festivals in summer. Edinburgh is only a flight of just under two hours from Oslo Airport, and it is possible to get very cheap flights here if you travel on “unfavorable” days or book well in advance.
The currency of Scotland is the British pound. 1 British pound corresponds to just over 10 Norwegian kroner. The price level is generally lower than in Norway, especially for dining and drinking, but shopping will not be perceived as much cheaper than other European capitals. Edinburgh is considered a safe city for tourists to travel in, but the Scottish people are known for their drinking habits and it can be felt on the weekends. Norwegians can drink tap water, but it is questionable whether the taste is like at home in Norway.
Hotels and restaurants in Edinburg
In the center of Edinburgh there are many popular tourist hotels, which are usually fully booked throughout the summer. Many festival participants want to stay centrally, and consequently book rooms here. If you want to stay in the old town, there are cheaper hotels, which in any case maintain a high standard. In general, it can be said that Edinburgh has hotels in all price ranges and in varied standards, and it is rarely a problem to find available rooms if you book well in advance.
If we asked you what you would serve to a Scotsman, you would probably serve “haggis”. This is Scottish national law, but it has now failed outside the country’s borders. You can of course try it, but we recommend that you look up the ingredients first. In addition to this, the restaurants serve dishes from all over the world, and Asian food has recently become popular in Edinburgh. Scotland is also known for its good whiskey and you will consequently find a good selection of different types around the bars in the city.
Attractions in Edinburgh
With a very rich history, which is well preserved to this day, there is a lot to set aside time to see in the Scottish capital Edinburgh. But there are also modern attractions for the little ones, such as the famous zoo!
A visit to the Scottish capital is not complete without having seen Edinburgh Castle. It is one of the city’s most important landmarks, and is visibly located on one of the hills in the city. The unique fortress was built many hundreds of years ago and has played an extremely important role in the city’s history. You can also enjoy the best views of Edinburgh as the castle is 122 meters high!
National Museum of Scotland
Culture enthusiasts will enjoy the Scottish National Museum, which is centrally located in Edinburgh. The exhibition houses 16 different galleries that have a total of over 8000 works of art, including everything from paintings to scientific discoveries made by Scottish researchers. Here there are also a lot of interactive exhibitions that are perfect for the little ones.
Holyroodhouse is the official home of the royals of Scotland. The venerable building also has a rich history that tourists can experience through a guided tour. Legendary characters such as Bonny Prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scotland have lived their lives in this castle.
The Edinburgh Zoo is perfect for those traveling with children, or for those who just want to experience exotic animals. It is one of the most popular attractions in the city, and can offer everything from polar bears to koala bears, and a lot of exotic animals from both the African savannah and the Asian forests.
The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
Just as one connects Ireland with Guinness and their beer traditions, so one connects Scotland with good, old whiskey. Along The Royal Mile, home to Edinburgh’s tourist attractions, is the city’s largest whiskey center. Here you can sample, learn and get a tour, before ending your visit to the nearby bar.