Time flies in Edinburgh

Edinburgh - A world festival capital

Edinburgh is well known for its festivals and if you are heading to one of these great events, there is so much more to appreciate about this superb Scottish city. Fly to Edinburgh airport with Air France and prepare for an action packed break in town or getaway to the Lothians, the surrounding countryside…all depends on your length of stay and how much you can pack into your visit! The perfect break in Edinburgh is yours to enjoy whatever your holiday theme. Here you can discover some of the things you can see and do.
Edinburgh bus tours - more and more people book an open-top bus tour for a fast overview of the city's major attractions. The Scottish capital has five itineraries to choose from. A guide onboard will bring the historic quarters such as the Royal Mile alive with tales of the past or you can opt for a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens, a boat and bus tour which will take you as far as the stunning Inchcolm Abbey…the advantage of Edinburgh's bus tours is that they provide an overview and the opportunity to spend more time in places of interest and simply take a later bus when you are ready to continue your exploration of the city.
Edinburgh is also highly accessible for the independent traveller with the Edinburgh Pass allowing you entry to more than 35 attractions with a single pass card, saving time queuing each time. Entry for popular staged attractions such as the Edinburgh Dungeons, a creative and humoristic initiation in Scotland's bloody past or the Cadies and Withery tours are great fun for all the family.
Who could visit Edinburgh and not venture over to Edinburgh Castle? The fortress overlooks the city from its height on Castle Rock and dates back to the 12th century. The majestic castle once served as a royal residence, military base and played its part as stronghold in many battles in Scottish history. A national treasure, Edinburgh castle has seen many restoration efforts and today includes museums such as the National War Museum of Scotland. For more castles, you may like to visit Craigmiller Castle which lies only a few miles outside the city, once the home of Mary Queen of Scots. Enjoy views from the Tower House, a walk through the halls and chambers of this medieval castle guarantees "atmosphere", a feel for Scotland's past.
South of the city lies Crichton Castle, in a quiet beauty spot and is an impressive structure with stunning façade and again linked to the life of Mary Queen of Scots, but rather as a place of visit rather than an abode…

Going out in Edinburgh

The Scottish capital also boasts a vibrant nightlife, from Michelin star restaurants to stylish tea and coffee rooms, and why not taste the local whisky in one of the many pubs and bars of the city. The Festival capital also holds many events around food and drink and there are numerous farmer's markets fresh produce. The beaches of the East Lothians offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital, from the sandy bay of Gullane to the long stretch of Yellowcraig, there are great views, walks and villages discover.

Useful information about Edinburgh