Most tourists who visit the United Kingdom tend to make a beeline for London, and they can’t be faulted for that. It is a beautiful place and an important glimpse into the UK. But it would also be a disservice to the country if one does not take the time to drop by Edinburgh.
As the capital of Scotland, it will not be surprising to know that Edinburgh caters to all manner of tourists, whether they prefer the history-soaked medieval sights of the Old Town or the contemporary beauty of the Georgian New Town. If Edinburgh is ever in your itinerary, you should consider the following tips:
Try to Minimize Bus Commutes
Edinburgh was built on a human scale. It is compact enough that you can get around by bus very easily, but if you do so you will miss out on a lot. The city is best experienced on foot, or on bike. There are many amazing views and hidden beauties that you will miss out on if you try to bus your way around the place.
Explore Every Nook and Cranny
Don’t be content with just exploring the city centre. Go a bit further and try to visit the Leith or Stockbridge, Morningside, Cramond, and Duddingston. These little places will have their own distinct personality and of course, local attractions.
Food in Edinburgh will also require you to explore around just to find the taste that is suitable for you. The place caters to different tastes, which will include people who love steaks, people who enjoy the stereotypical english food, and even people who just want to spend an afternoon lazing about in a posh cafe.
Ideal Time to Visit
You are always free to visit anytime you want, but if you want to maximize the experience, you should try to time it during Christmas and New Year (or what they call Hogmanay), where the place will be especially bustling with tourists and locals alike. During these times of the year, Edinburgh will be particularly lively and will have fireworks and street parties every once in a while.
Of course, you can also visit in other times if you want a more serene, quiet experience. Edinburgh’s beauty is still very apparent even during the quiet seasons, and might be right up your alley if you love the attractions but don’t want to be elbows-deep into the crowd of fellow tourists.