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Edinburgh Neighborhood Guide

Edinburgh Neighborhood Guide

All dramatic vistas and imposing Gothic buildings, Edinburgh is a place that never fails to impress. From the summer comedy festival to the New Year’s Hogmanay celebrations, there’s always something happening to get the city abuzz with excitement. Here are our picks of the best neighborhoods to explore in Edinburgh.

Old Town

The historic heart of the city, Old Town is where you’ll find the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. It’s the most picturesque part of town too, with cobblestone streets and alleys—known as closes—leading off the Mile. Besides the castle, other area attractions include Camera Obscura, the Real Mary King’s Close, the Palace of Holyroodhouse (official residence of Queen Elizabeth in Scotland), and more. 

New Town

Facing the Royal Mile on the opposite side of Princes Street Gardens is Edinburgh’s New Town, a stately collection of streets lined with Georgian buildings. Here you’ll find some of the city’s top restaurants and bars, plus shops and cafés. With a handful of theaters and cinemas, New Town is also the place to be for on-stage or on-screen entertainment. 

Stockbridge

Stockbridge started life as a village on Edinburgh’s outskirts, and still retains its charm. The neighborhood is popular with young families and professionals, who stroll Raeburn Place on weekends shopping for organic produce and stopping for coffee at stylish bars and cafés. Head to Stockbridge for a local’s experience of the city. 

Leith

Just north of New Town, Leith has acted as Edinburgh’s port for centuries—the original harbor here dates back to the 14th century. On the neighborhood’s Firth of Forth, you’ll see a different side of Edinburgh. In recent years, the formerly run-down buildings along the waterfront have been progressively renovated and transformed into welcoming pubs and restaurants offering local ales and fresh seafood. For an unusual experience, step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, used by Queen Elizabeth to sail around the world on state visits. 

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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Including

3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride

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Venture to the Scottish Highlands and spend two nights on the Isle of Skye, including a steam train ride on The Jacobite of the West Highland Railway Line — aka the ‘Hogwarts Express’ of Harry Potter fame. This 3-day guided trip from Edinburgh takes you through Cairngorms National Park to regional highlights such as the Old Man of Storr and the Cuillin Mountains. Visit Eilean Donan Castle, ride the ferry to Mallaig and stop at the legendary Loch Ness. Enjoy daily breakfasts during your hotel or B&B stay in Portree.
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  • 3 days
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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
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Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh on this walking tour with optional skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle. As you walk, listen as your guide shares the history of this formidable city with ancient Roman roots and UNESCO-listed pockets. Explore atmospheric cobbled walkways along the Royal Mile, breeze into Edinburgh Castle to witness royal opulence (if option selected), and pass iconic locations like St. Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square, and John Knox House.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

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Journey through Edinburgh’s grisliest tales on a haunted walking tour. Experience the ghastly histories of monsters, madness, and murder that cast a dark shadow on the capital city. Discover the stories and sites of witch trials, pagan rituals, and executions, and hear about local monsters that live in urban myth. Then visit the chilling Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery to learn about body-snatching and some of the infamous interred.
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  • 2 hours
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Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Treat yourself to a day of whisky appreciation on a full-day tasting trip from Edinburgh. Wind through the Scottish Lowlands to a historic whisky-producing region, and visit Glengoyne Distillery and Deanston Distillery for informative tasting sessions and tours. Discover the centuries-old tradition of Scottish whisky production, view warehouses stocked with aged casks and marvel at the quiet beauty of Loch Lomond.
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  • 9 hours
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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh

Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh

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This full-day Scottish Highlands tour takes you on a scenic drive from Edinburgh to the fabled Loch Ness. The journey travels by coach across Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe and through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus, where you’re treated to a locally made picnic lunch. Take an optional boat ride on the legendary loch in search of ‘Nessie’ before the return trip over the Drumochter Pass and through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire, with views of the UNESCO-listed Forth Bridge.
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  • 12 hours
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The Royal Yacht Britannia Admission Ticket

The Royal Yacht Britannia Admission Ticket

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Glimpse into the lifestyle of the Royals with an audio tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia – the floating palace of Her Majesty the Queen for more than 40 years. Independently explore the stately ship’s five decks, peeking into elaborately decorated rooms like the State Apartments, the State Drawing Room, the Queen’s Bedroom and more. Add to the unique experience with some refreshment in the Royal Deck Tea Room (additional expense).
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  • 2 hours
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Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Explore famous landmarks and hidden secrets in Edinburgh on this walking tour. Explore Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile with a guide, and gain insight into famous writers and inventors who have called the city home. Hear tales of Scotland's national bard—Robert Burns—and discover top landmarks such as St. Giles’ Cathedral and the National Galleries of Scotland. Capture Edinburgh through the eye of your camera as you go, and find out what makes this ancient city tick.
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