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Experience enchanting Edinburgh

Book flights to Edinburgh and immerse yourself in the historic cobbled streets, grand castles and breathtaking landmarks of Scotland’s enchanting capital.

Take in the view from Edinburgh Castle, where you can admire the Scottish Crown Jewels, gaze across the Firth of Forth and witness the daily gun salute.

a view over the historic buildings of the centre of edinburgh on a cloudy day

A place where past and present live side by side, Edinburgh’s medieval streets play host to the annual Fringe Festival – the largest of its kind in the world.

Clamber to the top of Arthur’s Seat to enjoy more fabulous views of the city, then descend onto the famous Royal Mile. At one end you’ll find Holyrood House, where you can tour the Queen’s official Scottish residence.

Alongside all this you’ll discover eclectic shops and restaurants in Edinburgh’s charming Old Town, as well as cultural highlights such as the Museum of Scotland and the impressive National Galleries.

Book flight tickets to Edinburgh with Etihad Airways and begin your adventure in a destination that has timeless appeal.

What's the weather like in Edinburgh?

Average TemperatureAverage Rainfall

Jan

4°C

8cm

Feb

5°C

5cm

Mar

6°C

5cm

Apr

8°C

4cm

May

10°C

6cm

Jun

13°C

6cm

Jul

15°C

10cm

Aug

15°C

9cm

Sep

13°C

5cm

Oct

10°C

7cm

Nov

7°C

8cm

Dec

4°C

9cm

July and August are the best months to visit Edinburgh for warmer weather, with higher average temperatures. However, this is also Edinburgh’s busiest time thanks to the Fringe.

For a quieter – but slightly cooler – break, book flights to Edinburgh in April, when the average temperature is around 8°C. Visit in December for the legendary New Year’s Eve celebrations, known as Hogmanay.

Reasons to visit Edinburgh

new year fireworks over the city of edinburgh with major attractions such as the castle and princes street

Festival fever

Fly to Edinburgh to enjoy one of its world-renowned festivals. There’s a festival for just about every interest and age group across the city’s packed cultural calendar.

Along with the iconic Fringe, you can find festivals dedicated to everything from music and film to science and literature. Youngsters will love the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, where they can immerse themselves in fun-filled performances and interactive events.

Meanwhile, the Scots leave the best to the end with the spectacular annual Hogmanay celebrations marking the end of one year and the dawning of another.

long exposure of edinburgh castle with lights in the evening

Medieval history and culture

With its 12th-century castle overlooking the city, Edinburgh is full of fascinating history that you’ll love uncovering. Walk along the Royal Mile and enjoy historic buildings such as St Giles’ Cathedral, John Knox House and Gladstone’s Land.

Head to Edinburgh Castle and gaze on the impressive Scottish Crown Jewels. Plan your visit for lunchtime and you’ll hear the firing of the famous gun echo around the castle grounds at 1pm.

Learn more about Scotland’s fascinating story at the National Museum of Scotland or visit the terrifyingly entertaining Edinburgh Dungeons for a gruesome trip into the city’s past.

colourful buildings line a busy street in the old town of edinburgh

Wonderful walking tours

After your flight to Edinburgh, what better way is there to stretch your legs than by exploring your destination on a walking tour? Not only will you cover new ground, but you’ll find out some interesting things along the way.

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed foodie, ghost hunter or book worm, there’s a tour for you. The Real Mary King’s Close tour takes you beneath the city’s streets to uncover Edinburgh’s hidden past.

A Harry Potter fan? Opt for a tour of the sites that inspired the books, and the spots around the city where author J.K. Rowling first put pen to paper.

Things to know before you fly to Edinburgh

plane Transfers from Edinburgh Airport

At just over seven miles (12km) away, Edinburgh’s centre is easily accessible from Edinburgh Airport (EDI). Pre-book a transfer online with Etihad before you fly and a driver will be waiting for you on arrival. Taxis are also available, while regular bus, train and tram services run into the centre of the city, with an average journey time of around 30 minutes.

bus Getting around Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city that’s often best enjoyed on foot. There are also guided bus tours that allow you to hop on and off throughout the day. Taxis are available and, if you want to explore further, Edinburgh Waverley train station connects you to the rest of Scotland and the wider UK.

accommodation Where to stay in Edinburgh

Immerse yourself in the history of Edinburgh on The Royal Mile. As soon as you step out of the door, you’ll uncover something from a bygone time. Be in the heart of it all in New Town, surrounded by restaurants, boutiques and quaint coffee shops. For a quirkier vibe, try areas such as Leith or the Grassmarket.

meals Local cuisine

A traditional Scottish dish consists of haggis – a savoury meat pudding wrapped in sheep’s stomach – accompanied by ‘tatties’ (mashed potatoes) and ‘neeps’ (turnips). Local seafood is also wonderful, while tender Scottish beef is highly recommended.

Flying to Edinburgh: FAQs

How many days should I spend in Edinburgh?

You can experience some of the highlights of Edinburgh within a weekend, although with so much to see and do you can easily extend your visit to four or five days. From Edinburgh, you can reach the rest of Scotland. You could spend weeks exploring the natural splendour of the country, as well as nearby cities such as Glasgow.

What should I see in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh’s historic sites are a must. Along with the castle, take a trip to the stunning St Giles’ Cathedral and Holyrood Palace, all located along the Royal Mile. Enjoy breathtaking views at Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat. The Scottish National Gallery and the National Museum of Scotland are always an interesting day out too.

What is there for children to do in Edinburgh?

Along with the nine-day International Children’s Festival held every May, there’s an abundance of activities for children to enjoy. Dynamic Earth tells the story of our planet from the Big Bang to the modern day through interactive attractions. A Harry Potter tour is a must for any fans of the books or films.

Why we love Edinburgh

“Edinburgh has it all – fabulous festivals, sensational Scottish food and beautiful old buildings. It’s also one of the friendliest cities in Europe, and the locals will welcome you with open arms.”

The best of Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s undeniable beauty is simple to see, yet a delight to delve into. Beyond the big tickets – that imposing castle, the biggest arts festival in the world, the Harry Potter history – you’ll find a vivacious city full of life, culture and fun.

Museums and galleries full of world-class exhibits, restaurants showcasing the abundance of the Scottish nation – it’s all here. Discover a city that begs to be photographed, explored and celebrated and you’ll be planning your next visit to Edinburgh before you’ve even left. Find out more about Edinburgh with Atlas magazine.

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Weather in Edinburgh

4 °C
Wednesday26 Feb 2020
5 °C
Thursday27 Feb 2020
5 °C
Friday28 Feb 2020
5 °C
Saturday29 Feb 2020
5 °C
Sunday1 Mar 2020
5 °C
Monday2 Mar 2020
5 °C
Tuesday3 Mar 2020
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