Refine search results
HRS stars

Edinburgh - Visiting “A Mad God's Dream”

EH1 1BL Edinburgh City center: 0.1 km
Dbl. from 80.00EUR
EH2 2AN Edinburgh City center: 0 km
Dbl. from 80.00EUR
EH3 9GG Edinburgh City center: 0.8 km
Dbl. from 103.00EUR
EH2 1AU Edinburgh City center: 0.5 km
Dbl. from 98.00EUR
EH4 1NS Edinburgh City center: 1.8 km
Dbl. from 34.00EUR
EH1 1HN Edinburgh City center: 0.2 km
Dbl. from 89.00EUR
EH1 3AA Edinburgh
Dbl. from 146.00EUR
EH2 2DG Edinburgh City center: 0.5 km
Dbl. from 114.00EUR
EH6 5AP Edinburgh City center: 1.8 km
Dbl. from 31.00EUR
EH3 7EG Edinburgh City center: 0 km
Dbl. from 56.00EUR
EH54 6QB Edinburgh City center: 21.1 km
Dbl. from 71.00EUR
EH6 5AP Edinburgh City center: 1.9 km
Dbl. from 35.00EUR
EH8 9SS Edinburgh City center: 0.5 km
Dbl. from 71.00EUR
EH3 7RY Edinburgh City center: 1.9 km
Dbl. from 96.00EUR
EH1 3BG Edinburgh City center: 0.4 km
Dbl. from 51.00EUR
EH16 5AY Edinburgh City center: 1.4 km
Dbl. from 74.00EUR
EH1 3JT Edinburgh City center: 0.8 km
Dbl. from 69.00EUR
EH2 2NH Edinburgh City center: 0.7 km
Dbl. from 120.00EUR
EH2 1JX Edinburgh City center: 0.9 km
Dbl. from 86.00EUR
EH 28 8P Edinburgh City center: 12.9 km
Dbl. from 39.00EUR
EH2 2BY Edinburgh City center: 0.5 km
Dbl. from 57.00EUR
EH16 5PD Edinburgh City center: 2.9 km
Dbl. from 80.00EUR
EH10 4NX Edinburgh City center: 3 km
Dbl. from 91.00EUR
EH4 3DG Edinburgh City center: 2.2 km
Dbl. from 54.00EUR
EH4 3HL Edinburgh City center: 3.4 km
Dbl. from 65.00EUR
Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid once described the city of Edinburgh as a “mad god's dream”. This is perhaps the most apt description of a gorgeous landscape that has seen thousands of years of settlement, upheaval, and conflict with cultures as diverse and far-flung as the Vikings, Romans, and Germanic tribes. The city today is a jumble of architecture, innovation, and art, with a proud and independent population. Despite high ideals, you’ll find this Scottish capitol to be grounded and without pretensions. Loud and noisy pubs set the pace of local nightlife, while sightseers can get happily lost in the metropolis or use it as a jumping-off point to explore the rest of Scotland. The annual collection of international summer festivals epitomizes Edinburgh’s role as the steely, resolute civilization at the junction of cultures.

Location: Ancient Gateway to the British North

Sitting on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth (where the River Forth empties into the North Sea), modern Edinburgh is said to sit atop seven hills, prompting allusions to Rome. Though populated by ever-shifting cultural groups, the region has been more or less continuously settled since well before the Bronze Age. Today, Edinburgh is well connected to the world by Scotland’s busiest and largest airport, and boasts a considerable network of buses, trams, and trains facilitating access throughout the city and around the country.

Business: Financial Services, Research, and Scotch

Edinburgh residents boast the highest average annual earnings of any UK city, save London, and the city attracts plenty of foreign direct investment (FDI). Made famous for brewing, distilling, and publishing, Edinburgh’s economy today is primarily based on banking and other financial services, scientific research, and tourism. Here you’ll find the home of the Bank of Scotland, Tesco Bank, and Virgin Money. The many annual festivals draw millions of visitors every summer.

Culture: An International Showroom

Edinburgh is host to a number of massive festivals with a global reach every year. The Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe bring the best of the performing arts and music into the city, while lovers of media will enjoy both the International Book Festival and International Film Festival. If these festivities don’t catch your eye, never fear: this is a metropolis that can easily be explored at your own pace. Take in a play at the King’s Theater, Royal Lyceum, or Bedlam Theater, or visit one of Edinburgh’s many museums and galleries.

Activities: Ascend the Highlands and Delve into History

There’s no shortage of entertainment in the city center, but if you’ve had your fill of theater, music, and museums, why not try a spot of sightseeing at the Edinburgh Castle? Adventurous types will love a day trip into the renowned Scottish Highlands. Visit famous Loch Ness for a little monster hunting, or visit some of the North’s many castles – defenses against Vikings and other threats – and ancient Stone Age settlements – some older than Stonehenge or the Pyramids.