There are many reasons why an Edinburgh weekend is a popular choice of break; the fantastic atmosphere, the range of activities, top class restaurants and a strong historic current running through the city. In fact it is the second most popular destination to visit in the UK after London No matter how many times you have visited the Scottish capital, you will always find something new on your return.
The city is so easy to get to, with excellent road and rail links connecting it to every major city in Scotland and beyond. The International airport runs regular buses to the city centre for a reasonable price and Stranraer, a northerly port connects Ireland and Scotland.
An Edinburgh weekend is a popular choice for groups of friends, stag and hen parties, this is due to the warm Scottish reception and vibrant nightlife. From the exclusive venues on George Street to the cheap and cheerful student haunts, this is a city that has something for everyone.
The location of the city between the Firth of Forth and the Pentland hills allows for increasingly popular activity Edinburgh weekends, where a short drive will take you outside the hustle and bustle of the city to the luscious green hills and blue waters. You should plan your Edinburgh weekend in August as this is when the city truly comes alive with the famous Edinburgh festival, a collection of official and independent festivals. The city sees a huge influx of visitors almost doubling the size of its population.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest performing arts festival in the world and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a spectacular event. Hogmany is another popular time of year to visit the city. Originally a simple street party on Prince's Street and the Royal Mile, the New Year celebrations now include a four day procession, concerts and fireworks, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world.
Edinburgh is perfect for an injection of history and culture, the Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. There are over 4,500 listed buildings in the city and the most dominant structure is the striking castle. It is a city famous for its medieval and Georgian architecture and its tenement buildings. There are many guest houses and bed and breakfasts in these structures that are a delight to stay in on your Edinburgh weekend.
The old town has maintained its medieval plan and displays numerous reformation era buildings. Edinburgh Castle is at one end and the Royal Mile leads away from the castle. There are popular ghost tours and tours of the underground vaults in this area, which are a fascinating way to spend an evening, if you dare. There are also unique and independent shops and boutiques which are great for buying souvenirs, presents or just something out of the ordinary.
The New Town is considered to be one of the best examples of Georgian architecture and planning in the world today. Here you will find the principal shopping street, Prince's street, and the Princes Gardens. The National Gallery of Scotland, Royal Scottish Academic Building and Waverly Station are all located here too.
There are a large number of theatres, galleries, museums and play houses to keep you busy when you are in the city. The arts are well supported here and Edinburgh was declared the first UNESCO City of Literature.
There is so much to see and do in this fascinating city that you may find yourself returning for more than one Edinburgh weekend to fit is all in.