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An Insider’s Guide to Edinburgh

The Capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is spread over a hilly landscape covered with elegant Georgian and neoclassical buildings. Edinburgh Castle overlooks the city and is home to Scotland’s crown jewels as well as the Stone of Destiny which is used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. This is a city that tempts you to walk and stroll through side alleys and streets to discover every nook and cranny. Check out our exclusive insider’s guide for everything you need to know about travelling to Edinburgh.

 

When to Travel

Like many major cities Edinburgh can be visited all year round. Summer however brings with it the warmest temperatures from July and August, where the average high is at 19°C. The city may be most ideal during the second half of May and the first half of September, when no more than a light jumper or cardigan is usually required to stay warm, and rain is less likely. It’s worth noting that both sunshine and rain can be expected during any given month in Edinburgh and throughout the rest of Scotland, so always pack appropriately.

Winter is long in Edinburgh and although the temperatures are typically a degree or two above 0°C, it’s not as frosty as you might expect. The days while shorter and often grey offer the chance to save on airfare and accommodation, and to also enjoy shorter queues to key attractions as well as smaller crowds of tourists. Make sure you check attraction opening times and schedules ahead of your visit as some will be closed at this time of year.

Where to Stay 

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, The Caledonian – Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian is prominently positioned in the city’s historic centre and offers the largest number of rooms with unobstructed views of Edinburgh Castle. Boosting 241 rooms and suites, this elegant Victorian landmark also features the United Kingdom’s only Guerlain Spa and an award-winning restaurant, Grazing by Mark Greenaway. A perfect base to explore Scotland’s capital, the iconic hotel is within walking distance of the Castle, the Royal Mile and the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Our Advisor Tip – Indulge in the Guerlain Spa with uniquely-tailored beauty and skincare treatments that draw on Guerlain’s long history of innovation and excellence.

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The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel – Standing proud since 1902, the historic building’s majestic clock tower still dominates the Edinburgh skyline. Its clock is set precisely three minutes fast, to ensure residents never miss their train. In fact, the only day the clock is set correctly is Hogmanay for the city’s New Year celebrations. The Balmoral is the perfect home-from-home to discover Edinburgh and Scotland’s finest attractions. Whatever the season, the hotel’s dedicated Concierge team can open doors to some of the most unique experiences in Scotland.

Our Advisor Tip – From tickets to the world-famous Edinburgh Festival events to the hotel’s Tartan Butler Clan Tour, you’ll find the best of Scotland at your fingertips.

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The Balmoral - Exterior
The Balmoral - Exterior from Princes St Gardens
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The Balmoral - Afternoon Tea at Palm Court
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The Balmoral - Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux
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Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel – Perched on the edge of a picturesque private garden in the New Town, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel blends traditional glamour with the Scotland of today. Outside, a classical Georgian exterior stands as an ode to the past while inside, past the lobby, a glass-topped central courtyard is abuzz with activity as travellers unwind over gin & tonics, local professionals do business, and friends toast special occasions. The energy is so fresh and effervescent that you’ll want to bottle it and bring it home—but then again, it feels too distinctly Edinburgh to make sense anywhere else.

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Where to Dine & Drink

An imposing and iconic castle in the background, an extinct city-centre volcano called Arthur’s Seat and the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe festival, is it any wonder that Edinburgh has been courting visitors for decades.

 

What Not to Miss

When you think of Edinburgh, you might quickly conjure up images of castles and cobble streets or grassy hills, rowdy pubs and a sea of tartan. The reality is this ancient city has so much more to offer.

 

Edinburgh is the perfect place to start and end an impromptu weekend getaway with easy access by train to the picturesque seaside town of North Berwick, and the beautiful scenery of East Lothian.

 

For a tailored experience that showcases the best Edinburgh has to offer, plan your upcoming trip with @luxurylondonguy today. With over 20 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry, we offer insights and itineraries that take the stress out of travel, allowing you more time to decompress and discover new sites while you’re on the road.