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January 16, 2018

Where to Stay in Edinburgh? Old Town, Waverley Station

In this post we will analyze the main strategic points for an ideal stay in Edinburgh, possibly the most beautiful city in the UK

Edinburgh. Photo by Oscar F. Hevia

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland in the UK. A relatively small city, it has a population of less than 500,000. However, the numbers of tourists top 4 million a year.

Tourism in Edinburgh: Overview

Edinburgh is known throughout the world as the “Festival Capital”. The city holds 12 major festivals a year, mostly focused on the Summer months. Most of the city’s tourists arrive then, making it a very busy time of year, but the atmosphere is electric. The Festivals cover topics from film, comedy, books, art, the international festival, the military tattoo and, the largest of the year, the Edinburgh Fringe.

However, aside from the major festivals, Edinburgh has a lot to offer visitors in terms of history and culture, if not weather. Split into two distinct districts, the city centre is an array of 15th century tenements rising above 18th century symmetry. They are also both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Cost of Travel in Edinburgh

For a small city, Edinburgh is quite expensive in terms of transport. Buses and trams cost £1.60 a trip, dearer if you want to go to the airport. A day ticket costs £4 and a week long pass is £18. Despite this, the city is well connected and the buses run regularly.

Flights, however, have gotten cheaper in recent years, making it easier for tourists to get to the city.

Best Months to Visit Edinburgh

Scotland is not the warmest or sunniest place on Earth, however Summer and late Spring can still be quite warm and sunny. Summer in Edinburgh is crowded due to the number of festivals carrying on all at once. Really, whether that is a good thing, depends on the tourist.

If you want a sedate time, sightseeing all the historical buildings, try to go in between April and July or in September. If you want a lively time, filled with culture and a whole lot of weird, then go in August. If you want a Scottish winter full of snow, probably try somewhere further north than Edinburgh. Winter in the city is lovely, full of Christmas cheer, markets and fun, but it is more likely to rain than snow.

Where to Stay in Edinburgh

Calton Hill, Edinburgh. Photo by Andy Smith

Edinburgh is a rather compact city, and once in the center most attractions are at a walking distance to one another. The Waverley Train Station is right next to the old town and close to the Edinburgh castle.

The Waverley station surroundings are probably the best option to stay in Edinburgh, both in terms of logistics and comfort.

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Budget Accommodation Options in Edinburgh, Scotland

The Baxter Hostel – A great option for a budget stay in Edinburgh, right next to the Waverley station

CODE – POD Hostel Edinburgh – This hostel is just a short walk to the Edinburgh’s Old Town and all of its attractions.

Reasonably Priced Accommodations in Edinburgh, Scotland

Gifford House – Located in the Newington area, this property is ideal for guests looking for a peaceful Scottish holiday.

Alba House – A family run property located in the Newington area, in a house built in the XIX century.

Luxury Hotels in Edinburgh, Scotland

The Witchery by the Castle – A property that offers unique experiences right in the Royal Mile.

The Balmoral Hotel – An unique property in New Town featuring some rooms with a view to the Edinburgh Castle.

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