Nestled between the North Sea and a beautiful stretch of rolling, rocky hills, Edinburgh offers some of the most picturesque scenery in Europe. Famous for its medieval skyline and whisky trails, the capital has plenty to see and do. Take in the colorful views from atop Edinburgh Castle and Arthur's Seat, enjoy a crisp seaside stroll along Portobello Beach, and wander the historic Royal Mile.
Ranging across a series of rocky hills, Edinburgh just calls out to be explored. The turreted skyline of the castle dominates the buildings of The Royal Mile, buildings that are elegantly Georgian one minute, a tumble of medieval architecture the next. Every summer Edinburgh is home to the world's biggest arts festival, but its culture, history and gastronomy can be enjoyed on Edinburgh city breaks at any time of the year.
Provided you dress for the weather as Scottish winters can be cold and there's a high risk of rain at any time of the year, cheap city breaks to Edinburgh can be enjoyed at every season. Youngsters love exploring the castle and Edinburgh Zoo, famous for its conservation work while the city also has its romantic spots. Couples can take an afternoon tea cruise from the Fountainbridge Canal Basin or go stargazing at one of the Edinburgh Observatory astronomy evenings. Edinburgh's beaches and promenades are sometimes overlooked but a stroll along the Portobello Promenade is fun for all ages.
With an airport on the doorstep and both bus and train stations centrally located within the city, Edinburgh is easy to get to from all parts of the United Kingdom. Trains from London and other places in England and Scotland terminate at Waverley Station while the city is also linked to three major motorways, the M90, M9 and M8.
While the city has a varied calendar of events that run from Christmas markets in December to summer food festivals, the two most famous events are the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo both of which take place in August. The Military Tattoo is a three-week feast of marching bands, parades and daring display teams that takes place with the castle as a backdrop while the Festival Fringe is the biggest performing arts festival in the world. It has provided a start for many famous names in comedy and drama.