You’ve done it! You’ve booked your trip to Edinburgh and you’re excited to finally start exploring the beautiful medieval city. Before you go there are a few things you should check, just to make sure that your trip goes smoothly to plan and without any hitches. We’ve gathered the 5 most important things that you should be aware of before visiting, so that you don’t have to trawl the internet whilst you’re in holiday mode.
Which Currency Can You Use in Edinburgh?
You can use both Scottish pounds and English pounds in Edinburgh and vice versa. This is particularly great if you are visiting England and Scotland on your travels – there is no need to change up or swap your money between trips.
The Weather in Edinburgh
Kind of a given when travelling the UK, Scotland especially. The weather can change in an instant, rain, wind or sun? Who knows. Sometimes it just can’t make it’s mind up. It’s best to come prepared for every scenario, just in case. Of course, time of year will play into this, so keep an eye on the weather for at least a week before travelling.
What to Pack for Your Trip
This goes hand in hand with the weather. The summer tends to be dry and sunny with some rain showers, whilst the winter heavily features snow and rain. You can never be too sure though, it’s not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one day. Preparing for all eventualities is a must for a successful trip. Pack a waterproof jacket, warm jumper, t-shirts, jeans, shorts and an umbrella.
How to Get Around the City of Edinburgh
As with most cities, you can expect to be constantly on the move in Edinburgh. Of course, you can see a lot of the city on foot but to explore the wider area, a little outside of the city centre, a bus or train would be optimal. You can purchase bus tickets on the bus or train tickets online or at the station. There’s also trams and taxis – there’s literally a form of transport for everyone.
Best Places to Visit in Edinburgh
There are two cities to discover. Edinburgh has an old and new town to explore. Entwined together, they make up the majority of the city centre. Take a look at all of the different walks and hikes that you can do, all of the beautiful scenery and all of the old buildings. Make a list and decide which day is best for which site/activity (weather dependent!)
There are also a few other things to keep in mind when visiting Edinburgh such as…men wear kilts. It’s very old and very hilly. It will be busy. Be mindful of visiting during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This is a great thing to take part in if you’re looking for a buzzing and lively atmosphere, there’s a lot to do and see. For those of you wanting a quiet stroll around the city, it’s best to avoid the weeks in August that it falls on.