Edinburgh is the second largest city and the capital of Scotland. You can find a very diverse architecture comprising of an Old Town and the extensive Georgian New Town, built in the 18th century with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Both the Old and the New Towns are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It only takes an hour to travel from London, Stanstead Airport to Edinburgh Airport but you also have the choice to travel by bus, train or drive if you are travelling from London. I used the website www.goeuro.co.uk to compare the prices and choose the best option. Once in Edinburgh, we rented a car from the airport. I suggest doing the reservation online to save time and money. If you chose a certain type of vehicle online (i.e. automatic or manual car) and the renting agent doesn`t have it when you go to pick it up, do not settle for something less than what you booked as in most of the cases they will give you a free upgrade.
Unfortunately, I only had a few hours to spend in Edinburgh so the first thing to do was to go to the Castle. The cost of an hour parking at the Castle parking is almost the same for the cost of a day parking in an underground nearby parking, so if you are looking to save some money, this is the way to do it. Also, you get to see different aspects of the city by doing it this way.
Edinburgh Castle is home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, traditionally used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. The opening hours vary from summer (9.30am to 6pm) to winter (9:30am to 5pm). The ticket price starts from £9.90 for a Child to £16.50 for an Adult. I did not have time to go inside, but this is a must if you have more time! Even if you do not go inside, it is still worth it to go at the gates to see it closer and to see some breath-taking views of the city.
To be continued…