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17 reasons to visit Edinburgh for your next holiday

Gorgeous Edinburgh is the UK’s most attractive city and with festivals all-year round, easy access to fantastic countryside and awesome architecture, the city should be at the top of your holiday list. Plan your flight to Edinburgh with Skyscanner!

1. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

With 12 festivals a year, including the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this city knows how to put on a great party. Only the Olympics Games and the World Cup sell more tickets than Edinburgh’s festivals.

2. Investigate spooky goings-on

With so much history comes so many spooky stories. Join a ghost tour of the Old Town to learn more about the city’s gruesome past and things that go bump in the night.

3. Enjoy a wee dram or two

Sampling Scotland’s amazing whisky is a must, so head to a whisky bar to enjoy a dram of liquid gold. Well known bars offering a diverse selection of the spirit include Whiski Rooms and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

4. Fill up on deliciously fresh local fare

If fresh, seasonal produce is your thing, then Edinburgh is the city for you. Head down to Leith to enjoy a fine dining experience at the Kitchin or go for a hog roast feast at Oink.

5. Catch an exciting football match

Fitba is taken seriously in Edinburgh so soak up the atmosphere at a Hearts or Hibs match and enjoy with a famous Scotch pie and a steaming cup of Bovril.

6. Be a fresh air fiend in amazing outdoors spaces

Edinburgh is surrounded by some stunning countryside. Get your bearings with a blustery walk up Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano with amazing views of the city and hills beyond.

7. Experience Hogmanay

One of the greatest New Year’s parties in the world, Hogmanay features fireworks, live music, a torchlit procession and a ceilidh for you to practice your traditional Scottish dance moves (don’t forget to pack your kilt, gents!).

8. Be a bookworm

Edinburgh has been home to many of the world’s great writers and features the world’s largest monument to a writer, the Scott Monument. Head to the Writer’s Museum to kick off your literary tour.

9. Find Hogwarts

JK Rowling wrote the first chapters of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in a café in Edinburgh, taking inspiration from the city around her. Check out some Potter-esque buildings including George Heriot’s School, the inspiration for Hogwarts.

10. Visit places from Trainspotting

Trainspotting was undoubtedly one of the greatest books of the 90s. Set in and filmed on location in Edinburgh, follow in the footsteps of Renton and Begbie with a Trainspotting Tour.

11. Run a spectacular marathon

Get to know the city on a run through its historic streets in the annual Edinburgh Marathon.

12. Take a tour of the Scottish Parliament

With a growing independence movement, you can get a deeper insight into the machines of power in Scotland with a visit to the Scottish Parliament. See where key decisions are made, sit in on a parliamentary session or take a tour.

13. Go the beach

If it’s a sunny day, head to Portobello Beach and enjoy a dip in the sea or the outdoors Victorian pool, pop into the Turkish baths and even grab a plate of fresh fish and chips.

14. Visit Edinburgh Castle

Standing proudly above the city stands world-famous Edinburgh Castle . See the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, be deafened by the One O’ Clock Gun and enjoy super snappable city views from the ramparts.

15. Cycle the Union Canal

Rent a bike and enjoy a day cycling out of the city along the Union Canal through quiet villages to the Falkirk Wheel. If you’re more of a watery soul, you can borrow a kayak and paddle instead!

Day trips from Edinburgh

16. Hunt the Loch Ness Monster

You can’t come to Scotland and not hunt down the elusive Loch Ness Monster. Take a day trip to Loch Ness and see Scotland’s stunning countryside with stops in Glen Coe and Ben Nevis. Don’t forget your binoculars!

17. Walk along Hadrian’s Wall

Stretching 73 miles from coast to coast, the Romans built this wall in AD122 to keep the Picts from invading England. Slip on your hiking boots and hike along the wall, exploring old Roman forts and quaint villages.

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