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Episode 58 Edinburgh Travel 101: Essential Tips for First-Time Visitors

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In episode 58 of the UK Travel Planning Podcast, we discuss everything you need to know about visiting the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

From recommended accommodations and transportation options to must-see attractions and tips for planning your itinerary we have you covered.

So whether you’re a first-time visitor or looking to revisit this enchanting city you will discover valuable insights to make your trip to Edinburgh unforgettable!

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Episode 58 – Show Notes

Edinburgh Travel 101: Essential Tips for First-Time Visitors

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • Highlighting Edinburgh’s status as the capital of Scotland, known for its beauty and rich history.
  • Recommendations for booking accommodations in advance, particularly at B&Bs or guest houses like the Elder York guest house, known for its great location and value for money.
  • Tips for easy travelling around Scotland with good public transport connections in Edinburgh.
  • Packing advice with layers due to the variable weather in Edinburgh.
  • Highlighting fantastic shops in the city for shopping.
  • Mentioning the correct pronunciation of “Edinburgh” with an “h” at the end (its not Edinburg folks!)
  • Emphasizing the importance of booking accommodations, tickets, and tours in advance when planning a trip to Edinburgh.
  • Suggesting delicious food options in Edinburgh like “Makars Mash Bar” and sampling Scottish drinks such as whiskey, gin, and Iron Brew.
  • Sharing positive experiences on guided tours in Edinburgh, including Edinburgh Castle and historic Edinburgh tours on the Royal Mile, along with personal experiences on a vaults tour and the desire to explore the rest of Scotland after visiting Edinburgh.
  • Advice not to over-plan and to allow for free time – to explore Edinburgh at your own pace and discover hidden gems.
  • The importance of respecting Scottish identity and not calling Scottish people English.
  • Tips on booking ahead, choosing accommodations, and getting around Edinburgh.

Places mentioned in this episode include:

  • Makars Mash Bar >> Our favourite place to eat in Edinburgh (order the haggis neeps and tatties)
  • Elder York Guest House >> Our favourite guest house in Edinburgh. Family run by Scots – Murray and his Dad make the best Scottish breakfast!)
  • Greyfriars Bobby >> Greyfriars Bobby is a heartwarming statue located near Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, commemorating the loyal Skye Terrier who famously guarded his owner’s grave for 14 years.
  • Arthur’s Seat >> Offering breathtaking panoramic views of Edinburgh, Arthur’s Seat is an ancient dormant volcano that sits proudly in Holyrood Park, attracting hikers and nature enthusiasts alike.
  • The Royal Mile >> The bustling and historic heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Royal Mile is a vibrant thoroughfare lined with charming shops, eateries, and iconic landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle and St Giles’ Cathedral.
  • Botanic Gardens >> The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a serene oasis of lush greenery and diverse plant species, providing a tranquil escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.
  • Princes Street >> Princes Street is one of Edinburgh’s main thoroughfares, renowned for its splendid shopping opportunities and picturesque views of Edinburgh Castle and the scenic Princes Street Gardens.

Recommended tours of Edinburgh

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