Skyscanner was first established in Edinburgh, a vibrant and historical city with enough culture, nature and entertainment to suit all tastes. We’re proud to be Scottish and we love to share our knowledge of the city with others and new members of the Skyscanner team!
The Skyscanner office is located in Quartermile with easy access to all local attractions and facilities and quite a few pubs… We are 10 minutes from Waverley Station connecting Edinburgh with local and national train services and making commuting far less complicated.
Edinburgh is known as the “Athens of the North” being the home of revered thinkers like Adam Smith, David Hume, Robert Louis Stevenson and our own Gareth Williams. There are a number of festivals and events throughout the year including the famous Hogmanay celebrations, the Edinburgh Fringe and other festivals like film, science, jazz and blues, storytelling, politics, art and book festivals. There is also the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Beltane Fire Festival, Burns Night, St Andrews Day and many more. Many sporting events take place in Edinburgh including Scottish Premier League football and 6 Nations Rugby in Murrayfield stadium.
With so many things to see and do it’s easy to get overwhelmed. To help you get a taste of what is on offer in Edinburgh, we’ve suggested an itinerary with many highlights – although there’s always more to do!
A good morning activity is to walk from George Street down past Moray Place and past Kay’s Bar (this is also a great place for a good pint with a barman with a good moustache) to Stockbridge. Brunch can be happily consumed in places like Hamilton’s or Hectors (and L’Aquila Blanca has good fish & chips). Then we strongly recommend a walk from Stockbridge along the Water of Leith (look out for the man in the water), under Dean Bridge and through Dean Village back to the Water of Leith and all the way up to Dean Gallery. A very nice walk in good weather and there is a waterfall too! Dean Gallery has a good photography exhibition on at the moment and gorgeous grounds. Across the road is the Gallery of Modern Art which is very enjoyable. Also near Stockbridge is the Botanic Gardens which is really pretty and has loads of squirrels. There is also Inverleith Park which is great for a stroll with a view of the castle and has a swan lake.
In the city centre a visit to the controversial Scottish Parliament building comes recommended. It can be difficult to get a spot on the guided tour so pop by or call ahead. You can then also walk up Arthur’s Seat while you wait which gives you stunning views of Edinburgh and surrounding areas. You can also see down to Dynamic Earth which is great if you’re of a childish and semi-scientific mindset. Holyrood Palace (and the fabulous gift shop) has tours and a gallery which might be worth a visit.
A walk up Royal Mile is key to understanding tourist Edinburgh. There are many tacky shops but also some gems. On the right as you come up from Holyrood is a secret little garden which is amazing and very romantic. The People’s Story is a very cool museum. We can also recommend popping into the Storytelling Centre and John Knox House. A real experience is the Mary King’s Close which is a tour of old, now subterranean, Edinburgh. Towards the top of the Royal Mile is the Witchery, a brilliant place to eat, the Whisky Experience and the Camera Obscura, also recommended. The Castle is well worth a visit, although it is expensive so you’ll want to have enough time to get your money’s worth of looking around.
Across the George IV bridge is the really good and recently revamped Museum of Scotland. Tower Restaurant at the top is also brilliant. The Mound has a Bank of Scotland museum, which is cute and has a lot of money in it, and at the bottom of the Mound there is the National Gallery with a Young Vermeer exhibition on free at the moment. Walking through Princes Street Gardens will take you past the Norwegian Stone, and there’s a nice fountain. Then popping around to the Grassmarket is always interesting, although it can become crowded with stag parties and the like. Further south are the Meadows, a great park close to the university. If you’re into cinema, we can recommend the Cameo and Dominion (where you can lounge in leather sofas with free crisps) and the Filmhouse which always has something good on.
Food wise the best streets are around Thistle and Hanover Street, we can specifically recommend Nargile, Café Marlayne, Café St Honore, Henderson’s and others. Stephen’s Street near Stockbridge has some great small places. Iglu is also very good – it has games and all and Leith has some decent places too. Leith itself is worth a visit and the Shore has good places to eat and drink including the Michelin starred The Kitchin.
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