Scotland’s capital is one of Europe’s jewels and for many needs little introduction. Its jumbled medieval streets are fantastic to explore, and its August festival season a key date in the global calendar. This sees the city turn itself inside-out to simultaneously accommodate four festivals including the Fringe, the world’s largest performing arts event, and the Tattoo, a epic spectacle of military marching and bands held in the forecourt of Edinburgh's magnificent castle.
But really Edinburgh is a city of great variety, with a little of everything from urban buzz to rural corners; from cosmopolitan variety to cosy relaxing pubs. Its major museums and many historic sights provide plenty of things to do, while a glut of cafes and restaurants offer a great selection of places to unwind; then a string of venues and clubs stay open into the small hours.
APP FEATURE: TRIP PLANNING
Key before-you-go information, including:
★ Seasons, Festivals & Events
APP FEATURE: NEIGHBOURHOODS
The lowdown on city neighbourhoods:
★ Broughton & Calton
★ Holyrood & Southside
★ Leith & Leith Walk
★ The New Town
★ The Old Town
★ Outside the Centre
★ Stockbridge & Dean Village
★ The West End
APP FEATURE: SIGHTS, ACTIVITIES & INTERESTS
Backgrounders and practical advice on:
★ Kids & Families
★ Parks & Gardens
★ Shops & Shopping
APP FEATURE: ITINERARIES & WALKS
With instructions and transport links:
★ The Old Town in-a-day
★ The New Town in-a-day
★ The Water-of-Leith
★ Arthur’s Seat
★ Heritage Braid
★ The Pentland Hills
APP FEATURE: LISTINGS
Recommendations of where to eat, drink, shop and more:
★ Pubs & Clubs
★ Pools & Spas
★ Shops & Shopping
★ Theatres & Cinemas
APP FEATURE: TECHNICAL
✔ One-click website LINKS.
✔ One-click PHONE CALLS (on phones).
✔ NAVIGATE quickly using the app's global search; internal hyperlinks, and its many images.
✔ LOCATION info (using your device's GPS).
✔ Detailed MAPS and the ability to ADD YOUR OWN markers.
✔ Save and share FAVOURITES.
✔ Easily CONTACT the author.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christian Williams has been a freelance travel writer since 1998. He's covered destinations all over the world, but mostly specialises on Germany and Canada. He's lived in Edinburgh for 20 years and is pleased to have finally written about somewhere on his doorstep.
Feature graphic by Festival Fringe Society