Edinburgh city centre
Edinburgh Airport (EDI): 5 mi from city centre
Flights to Edinburgh: practical information
Cheap airlines to Edinburgh
Direct flights to Edinburgh are easy to find from England, Wales and Ireland thanks to the close proximity of Scotland. As far as airlines go, low cost is definitely the most affordable way to reach Edinburgh Airport (EDI). EasyJet and Flybe offer direct and cheap Edinburgh airline tickets from London, Manchester and Birmingham.
When to book flights to Edinburgh
Edinburgh's mild climate makes it an excellent city jaunt twelve months a year but when it's festival time, it pays to book your flights to Edinburgh early.
- Peak season: July, August, New Year's Eve.
- Low season: Some hotels and tourist places close from November to Easter.
Flights to Edinburgh from London take 1h 25min.
Experience Edinburgh: what to do, what to see
Once you arrive for your holidays in Edinburgh you'll easily want to see/do everything! Walk along the Water of Leith, catch live folk music at a pub in the Old Town and visit Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano outside the city centre.
Essentials in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle: This stronghold has seen the likes of kings and queens, armies and battles. Today it's the most popular attraction in all of Scotland, not only for its history but for its views. On a clear day and you can see as far as Fife.
Rosslyn Chapel: Now popular thanks to The Da Vinci Code, this 15th century chapel is a monument to the art of the masons and their stone carvings which are rich in symbolism. Many believe there are hidden tunnels underneath the church adding to the mystery of this place.
Festivals: August is peak festival time in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is iconic but for something more alternative, the Fringe Festival delivers. Comedy theatre and avant-garde everything, it's the largest art festival in the world!
Whisky: No one knows for sure when the Scotsmen started producing whisky but nowadays their "water of life" is known around the world. Hire a car in Edinburgh and follow the Whisky Trail to tour a distillery.
Find more information on edinburgh.org.
Accommodations in Edinburgh
As far as hotels in Edinburgh go, there are plenty of choices from luxury suites to cosy bed & breakfasts. Edinburgh certainly has enough rooms for all its visitors but when August and September roll around, it can be much harder to find something last minute at a reasonable price.