In this article, we at Get Away Travels are will be giving the ultimate guide to Edinburgh. Our writers are not only some of the most experience travel writers in the UK, but also have spent time living in the Scottish capital, so you know for sure that you can rely on us to provide you with all information about staying in Edinburgh.

How to travel

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Getting around in Edinburgh couldn’t be easier, with options of trams and buses; the whole city is connected and easy to travel around. To be perfectly honest, if you are going to attractions in the city centre, it’s recommended that you travel on foot if you are able, as everything is in close proximity and situated around 10 minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Castle.


Where to stay

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Depending on your situation, there are many options for accommodation when it comes to Edinburgh. We would suggest if you are staying in a large group to stay in a low budget hotel, as it’s a great way to meet new people, look for places such as St. Christopher’s, but if you are looking for something a little bit more special for couples and families, make sure to check out serviced accommodation Edinburgh Frasers Hospitality, it’s also perfect for business type visits to the city.


Things to do in Edinburgh

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When it comes to finding activities in Edinburgh, it’s a pretty easy to find both cultural and exciting activities for both solo and group trips to the city. To give you an idea of the great attractions you can visit here’s a list of the staff of Get Away Travels favourite things to do whilst in Edinburgh:


• Edinburgh Castle
• Royal Botanic Gardens
• Arthurs Seat
• The Royal Mile
• Camera Obscura
• Holyrood Palace
• Prince Street Gardens
• Scottish National Gallery
• Edinburgh Zoo
Make sure when you are organising your next or first trip to Edinburgh that you cross a few of these attractions off of your list.


Is it expensive?

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Much like other European cities, Edinburgh can be expensive if you stay and buy things in the centre of the city, although, if you are a little strategic about your expending, you’ll be able to easily make savings. Avoid corner shops and shop directly from Tesco’s, which are located all over the city. Use sites such as Groupon, where there is many discount codes released everyday for restaurants all over the city.


Is the nightlife good

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Edinburgh is one of the best locations in the UK for a diverse nightlife scene. Clubbers will enjoy venues such as Sneaky Peaks, Cabaret Voltere, Liquid Rooms, and the Mash House. But if you are looking for a more authentic traditional Scottish night out, there is many cosy pub settings located all over the Royal Mile such as Albanach and the Royal Mile Tavern.

Have any questions to ask our team about going on a trip to Edinburgh? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

It can often be hard to please the whole family when you are looking to book a holiday, and that’s why we have decided to create a list of the ultimate places to take your family on holiday this year, whilst trying to keep the list as interesting as possible, we have tried to keep every entry as unique as possible to keep it varied.


Go on a tour of California

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When families travel to America, they’ll usually opt to go to Florida, although, we think Florida is the second rate choice, plus if you like Universal Studios, there is one in California anyway! But otherwise, California is the number one place to travel in America due to the rich list of activities. Whether you are looking to ingest some culture, go to a vibrant and exciting beach setting, gaze at magnitude of Hollywood or admire the unique buildings and streets of San Francisco, California is like a little America within America – there truly is something for everyone in the family to enjoy, regardless of age or taste.


Go skiing in the French Alps

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Nothing brings the family together quite like the pleasures of a skiing holiday. Whether your family is already accustomed to going on a skiing trip or are new to it, Val d’Isère in France is the best place to start. With beginner and intermediate skiing classes, endless routes, outstanding scenery, a beautiful surrounding village and much more, the list of positives about this place are endless. The après ski/nightlife in the ski resort and village are second to none in Europe really, whether you are looking for a night place to take the kids for a meal, a cinema, games rooms, bars and lounges to kick back and have fun, it’s all on offer at this traditional ski resort. For more information on skiing in France, make sure to check out


Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh in Scotland is one of the most beautiful major cities the world a-wide, and it is also hub for culture, entertainment and activities. If it’s culture you are after, the Edinburgh Castle, which overlooks the city is simply stunning from inside and out, the castle overlooks the Royal Mile, which holds many boutique stores offering something different from your usual city streets. We do realise that viewing historical monuments is more parent centred, so what do you do with the kids? You could start with the Dungeons, a ghost tour to the underground of Edinburgh, or go to Camera Obscura, which puts a spotlight on optical illusions. And will enlighten any visitor, of any age.



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Barcelona, much like the European version on the first mention on the list, California, has everything for the whole family from culture, entertainment and relaxation. But in particular it’s great for people who love art, as it holds the work of Picasso among other high profile artists. You don’t often get a city holiday and a beach holiday together, but you do in Barcelona! The man-made beach in Barcelona was a lovely addition to the sunny city. We suggest putting Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia first!

On the borders of Europe and the Orient, facing Africa, Crete is mythical on many levels. In Greek mythology, Minos was born there, fruit of the union of Zeus and the beautiful Europe, who went to relax under a plane tree in Gortyne…

This wild and mountainous island offers sometimes austere landscapes, dotted with rocky peaks boiling under sunlight and warm African winds. Is the south coast of Crete not bathed by the Libyan Sea? This oriental dryness is lessened by the opaque green mantle of olive trees.

In valleys or atop hills, orthodox monasteries and white chapels transcend time on pristine sites. Here, beaches shine in their solitude of pebbles and sand. And have we mentioned some of Europe’s most beautiful abrupt canyons, and the plethora of caves (almost 3000!) ?

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