Welcome to majestic Edinburgh, a city of cobbles, elegant Georgian façades and an internationally renowned arts calendar. A compact city, Edinburgh is easy to find your way around on two feet. From the view high above on Arthur’s Seat to the decks of the Royal Yacht Britannia you can pack a lot into a short break here. Breeze through to Edinburgh from Southampton airport and take in Scotland’s great capital.
Head to the old hangman’s spot of The Grassmarket directly below Edinburgh Castle and for the city’s most fashionable shops, bars and eateries with a distinctly medieval atmosphere. Spend time royally in Holyrood House, go on an open-top bus tour or take a free guided tour of the National Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh is a city with a little something for everyone.
Visit in August and you’ll be entertained morning, noon and night with the Festival. But at any time of the year, you can lose yourself in the Old Town wynds, linger over a wee dram in the cosy pubs of Cockburn Street or tuck into the catch of the day at one of Leith’s waterfront restaurants.
With daily Flybe flights to Edinburgh from Southampton Airport you’ll be in Scotland's capital in a little under an hour and a half.
Top things to do and see
It’s the busiest street in Edinburgh’s Old Town, but wander the Royal Mile to take in the delights of Edinburgh Castle, Castle Hill, the Lawnmarket, Parliament Square and High Street.
Haggis with neeps and tatties from MacSweens, Arbroath smokies for breakfast, or book-well-in-advance Michelin dining from celebrated chef Paul Kitching, there’s plenty to tantalise a tastebud here.
August is festival month in Edinburgh and the best time to catch the city. There’s the Festival itself, the pomp and finery of the Military Tattoo (and the Palace of Holyrood House) and of course, the madness of the Fringe.
Off the beaten track
When MSPs are in session sit in on a debate for free at Holyrood, Scotland’s modern parliament building.
Suppliers to HRH, find beautiful tartan at Kinloch Anderson, or head to the plentiful tartan emporiums in Grassmarket to see if there’s a clan with your name on.
Head to the beautiful Balmoral Hotel for a sumptuous traditional afternoon tea in Palm Court. Best to book ahead.