Edinburgh’s irresistible charms have long attracted visitors on their holiday in the UK, and with good reason. Scotland’s regal capital never fails to wow: from the castle that sits proudly above the city to the Georgian splendour of the wide streets and landscaped parks- while a short walk up to Arthur’s Seat near the city centre will reward you with stunning views over the surrounding mountains and the sea.
Stroll round winding lanes full of quirky shops, restaurants and cosy pubs where you’re bound to catch a live music performance, and visit museums and galleries full of world-renowned artistic masterpieces. Eat delicious shortbread, drink warming whisky and dance the highland reel in a tartan kilt. In summer, the city really comes into its own with the famous Edinburgh Fringe festival, which attracts performers from all over the world and gets bigger and more colourful every year- while the new year celebrations are also rather spectacular. Further afield, explore the beautiful Scottish highlands and rugged hills that drop down to vast lochs, where they are beautifully reflected in the glassy waters.
Go from one capital to another: hop on the train from London to Edinburgh, a memorable journey of around four hours, where you can sit back, relax and take in the changing landscapes as the train winds up north through England and hugs the coastline as it approaches the Scottish border.
The luxurious Balmoral has been an Edinburgh institution for over a century, while the Rutland Hotel and the G & V Royal Mile Hotel are also elegant choices for a quintessentially Scottish holiday or weekend break. And while you're here, explore more of Scotland, staying in some majestic Scottish castles along the way.