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Donnie and Raymond over at Boys Eat Scotland are experts on all of the best places to eat, drink and explore in Edinburgh. With so many things to see and do in the Scottish capital, having the inside scoop from these two locals will ensure you don’t miss a trick.

Trains to Edinburgh arrive in the heart of the city at the newly renovated Waverley Station, so your holiday starts the minute you step on the train. Our trains depart from Euston every two hours and we have increased the number of carriages to eleven due to demand.

Festival City

There’s hardly a week goes by that Edinburgh isn’t hosting a festival. Whether it’s Music, Jazz, Magic, Science, Film, Television or Politics that floats your boat, there’s a festival here for you. August is the highlight of our festival year with the International Festival, The Fringe, The Book Festival and The Edinburgh Military Tattoo all colliding to provide the biggest arts spectacle on Earth. August is a busy month in Edinburgh, and the atmosphere is electric.

With over 3,000 shows and 50,000 performances in the Fringe Festival alone, planning ahead is advisable. Look out for show reviews online and in newspapers - a great way of narrowing down what’s hot and what’s not. The Fringe App is handy and has a useful “What’s near me” function and allows you to book tickets on the go.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival on a budget

Alternatively, the Free Fringe plays host to hundreds of comedy, cabaret, music, theatre and children’s shows is a way to see lots of different shows without breaking the bank. If you have time, we also recommend escaping the city by taking the train to the beautiful coastal town of North Berwick. Here you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of The Fringe by the Sea.

New Town wanders

The New Town is home to the world-class Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. You can walk the Water of Leith path to get to the Gallery of Modern Art and then take the Gallery Bus back to the city centre to visit the others. There's no charge for the bus, but a £1 donation is suggested. On the way, be sure to take the weight off your feet in St Andrew Square, sit on the low walls with the locals and watch the world go by.

Explore Edinburgh’s Old Town

Start your day on The Royal Mile with Edinburgh Castle at the top and Holyrood Palace at the bottom. The 13th-century castle is home to The Honours of Scotland, the Scottish crown jewels and the famous One O'Clock gun. Holyrood Palace is the Queen's official residence in Scotland and dates back to the 1600s. The Scottish Parliament is also just across the road, and free tours are available. The building divides opinion, but we love it!

Royal Mile

An evening pick-me-up

A visit to Edinburgh wouldn't be complete without sampling a dram or two of whisky. The Bow Bar on Victoria Street is a traditional Edinburgh bar with a great selection of whiskies. Victoria Street is one of Edinburgh's most beautiful thoroughfares and was the inspiration for JK Rowling's Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. Follow the street down to experience the lively bars and restaurants of the Grassmarket area.

For cocktails, we recommend the five star The Epicurean at The Radisson or the atmospheric Devil's Advocate, down Advocates Close. Both bars produce excellent, innovative cocktails.

Ready to experience the sights and sounds of beautiful Edinburgh? Check out our Edinburgh page to book your trip and find out more about what this city has to offer.

Victoria Street

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