Edinburgh is the Scotland‘s second largest city after Glasgow, which has been the capital of Scotland since 1437. The city is located in the east of Scotland and is one of the favorite destinations of travelers. Edinburgh is also listed on the Unesco World Heritage List. The people living in this city, which is on the Unesco World Heritage List, are friendly, friendly and helpful.
The most prominent feature of the city is its dazzling architecture belonging to the Medieval and Georgian periods. City has two regions as the old city and the new city.
Edinburgh University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, was established in 1583. The city has an important place in the Scottish Enlightenment. This is also the reason why the city is known as the Athens of the North.
Weather in Edinburgh
Summer is the best time to visit Edinburgh, which has a rainy climate. Edinburgh, which has a lively atmosphere in June, July and August, hosts the most visitors in this period. If you want to spend a quiet tour of Edinburgh, you can choose the months of September and October with the romance of autumn. We recommend that you do not prefer the rainy and harsh winter months. Whichever season you go, don’t forget to bring an umbrella, raincoat and a pair of waterproof sneakers. Because this city, which rains almost every day of the year, will insidiously wet.
Transportation in Edinburgh
2 different bus goes from Edinburgh Airport to the city center, called Airlink and Skylink. If you take the Airlink, you will be in the city center in 20 minutes. Skylink takes a little longer but its a little more cheaper. Uber is very common in Edinburgh and cheaper than other European cities. There is no metro in Edinburgh, but you can always take city buses.
Where to visit in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has a very old history and the city has many historical buildings. It is possible to walk around many places in Edinburgh without using public transportation. Here is the list of place to visit in Edinburgh:
1. Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle, which is among the places to visit in Scotland, was built in the 12th century at the request of David the 1st. The castle, which has witnessed the most important events of Scotland and also visited by 1 million tourists every year, is the most touristic place in the city. You can get detailed information about the history of Scotland by visiting the museum located in Edinburgh Castle, which is one of the most imposing castles in the world that has been standing for almost 1000 years.
2. Victoria Street
Victoria Street, which was built in the early 1800s to enliven the old city area and facilitate the transition between regions, is now the most photographed place in Edinburgh thanks to its colorful shops and its architecture that revives the medieval architecture.
3. Holyrood Palace
You can reach here by following the Royal Road right next to Edinburgh Castle. This palace is used by the British Royal family since the 16th century. The Queen of United Kingdom still comes here in the summer and held ceremonies. This palace is famous not only for its use by the royal family, but also for its tower where Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland was held captive.
4. Dean Village
Dean Village, a village within 10-15 minutes on foot from Edinburgh city center, is located around the Water of Leith, the city’s longest river. The village is a special area designed for workers in the late 1800s, both the mills where they work and their homes. Not having a place to sit like any coffee shop or restaurant in the village prevented the village from being extremely touristic.
5. Royal Botanic Garden
One of the places that you should not leave without visiting from your Edinburgh trip is the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh. The Royal Botanic Garden, which is established on a very large area and contains thousands of different plants, is one of the favorite places of tourists.
It is possible to find delicious and varied dishes in Edinburgh cuisine. Edinburgh, where you can experience very healthy Scottish dishes, has a wide range of soups.
Scotland’s dishes made with the beef type Aberdeen Angus stand out in the main courses. In addition, it is stated that hunting animals such as partridge, deer, pheasant, guinea fowl, quail and wild rabbits are frequently consumed.
Scotland’s most famous dish, haggis, the lamb’s liver, heart and lung organs are stuffed into the lamb’s tripe and cooked over low heat for a few hours.
Scots are also very good at dessert. Especially Abernethy biscuits, cranachan, ecclefechan and Dundee cake are considered among the desserts that are recommended to try.
Night life in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has a very lively and colorful nightlife. The fact that there are many universities in the city and the high student population is effective on this situation. Entertainment venues in the city are open every day of the week. Most of Edinburgh’s small bars and cafes close around 1:00 AM, while nightclubs are open until 03:00.
Most of the pubs and bars in the city are concentrated in Grassmarket, Cowgate and Rose Streets. Therefore, these streets become crowded and lively after the evening hours. Cabaret Voltaire, Bongo Club, Espionage, Bennet’s Bar, Bow Bar and Roseleaf are some of the places we recommend you go to.