Airport Notes: Edinburgh International Airport has 1 terminal and is Scotland’s largest airport serving about 12 million passengers per year. It is served by many different airlines including Scot Airways, British Airways, EasyJet, BMI, Continental Airlines, Air France, and Lufthansa.
Transportation to-and-from the airport:Edinburgh Trams link the airport to Edinburgh city centre every 8-10 minutes. There is also plenty of taxis available outside of the airport terminal. Airport bus services are available for city transfers, Airlink 100 and SkyLink 200 at www.flybybus.com. Service 100, runs from outside the airport terminal building to Edinburgh city centre (Waverley Bridge) at least every 10 minutes. Service 200 runs from the airport terminal building to Ocean Terminal shopping center in Leith, taking a route along the North section of the city.
Edinburgh is a rather “compact and hilly” city; Old Town and New Town are minutes apart from each other, you might want to take a ride or walk (prepare to sweat) up The Mound along to Edinburgh Castle, the view is amazing and will be worth it. If you are energetic, venturing out to Holyrood Park will award you with “sweeping” breathtaking views of Edinburgh surrounding areas.
Navigation tips: How to know where you are. (Is there a way at all?) Are streets built on a 90-degree angle? Exceptions? Is there a river, or mountain, to help know where you are?
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Edinburgh Travel Blog
Edinburgh Travel Blog: Personal Notes
What’s This Place About?
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and it has a lot of history, beautiful and unique architecture, and a great place in the history of literature.
What’s Great and Fun?
The city itself is all about the landmarks like the Edinburgh Castle and many other historical sites that showcase the history of the city and Scotland as a whole.
It is also all about Scotch whiskey, which is the pride of Scotland and Edinburgh.
It was cold and miserable when I visited, so I spent most of my time reading, drinking cask ales, and trying different scotches in pubs. It was odd, but somewhat comforting, that most of the pubs that I visited were not playing music. This is not something that is common anywhere else in the world.
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Edinburgh Travel Blog: Let’s Go For a Drink
What Do the Locals Drink?
Whiskey, (real) ales or Irn-Bru (non-alcoholic soft drink/soda).
Drinking in Public
Drinking in public is allowed in Edinburgh, however, you might be asked by the police to stop drinking in any public space protected by the Public Space Protection Order at any time – you also have to be over the age of 18 to consume alcohol.
Our Suggestions – Bars and Pubs
Looking for someplace to hang out and have a drink? There are thousands upon thousands of great pubs in the Scottish capital!
The Royal Oak – this bar is located not too far from the Museum of Scotland if you are looking for a place to hear local music this is your place of choice. P.S. A ghost might whisper in your ears – the cellars are said to be haunted!
Cumberland Bar , switch it up a bit and hit this bar located at 1-3 Cumberland St, Edinburgh EH3 6RT, UK in the New Town District. It is a beer garden and if you are looking for some quiet time and do not mind the journey, go for it!
As regular readers of this column know, I don’t know anything about clubs. Sorry!
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Edinburgh Travel Blog: What to See and Do
Edinburgh is a close, compact city, this means, everything is close together and getting from one place to another is relatively easy. However, it is “hilly”, so if you are not fond of walking around feel free to take a taxi, bus, train, car, or coach line. Be warned though, it might take some time to get from one place to another as driving through the city can be notoriously slow. Get to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Park for amazing views of the city and surrounding areas.
The Old Town district of Edinburgh is home to some amazing places to see; The Scott Monument is for architectural at heart. Before you leave the old for the new, that is, the old town district for the new town district; pay a visit to Usher Hall on the outskirts of town and be inspired by one of their outstanding performances. The Edinburgh Castle is not only a historic fortress but also showcase spectacular views of Edinburgh and is worth the trip.
The New Town district boasts some treasures of its own; the Scottish National Gallery is one such treasure which can make you feel as though you were part of history. Just in case you want to get back to present day, take to ride over to the Edinburgh Zoo to witness the amazing world famous Penguin Parade.
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Tipping in Edinburgh
Just like in most of Europe, no tip is expected but it is a nice gesture. Sometimes a service charge might be added to your bill and if that is the case then you don’t have to tip. Otherwise, a tip of 7-10% of the total amount of the bill is normal.
Edinburgh Travel Blog: Common Scams & What to Avoid
Honestly, if you simply avoid the fact that Scottish people have a tendency to be as sad as the weather there, you’ll be safe.
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