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Holiday In Edinburgh

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, whisky or unicorns, you’re basically a fan of Scotland. 

Unicorns are the national animal, and though we can’t prove it, there’s a popular rumour that Edinburgh has the most pubs per square kilometre in the world. You can test that theory with an Edinburgh holiday package.

Things to Do in Edinburgh

Did you know you can hike up a volcano on Edinburgh holidays? While Edinburgh probably won’t be confused for Fiji, it does have a dormant volcano right in Holyrood Park. At the top of Arthur’s Seat, you can explore a 2,000-year-old fort or just enjoy the view. If you’re lucky enough to visit on May 1, make the climb at sunrise, wash your face in the morning dew, and you’ll stay young forever! (Yes, you read that right. It’s a local legend—we can’t guarantee it.)

If you want to get a little bit weird with it, you’re in the right place on holidays to Edinburgh. Tour Mary Kings Close, an underground maze of hidden rooms where you can live like you’re in the 16th century (you’ll be glad you can return to modern times!). Not spooky enough? Surgeon’s Hall Museum will definitely bring the creep factor. Aside from the usual skeletons and brain slices, you can see a book allegedly made from the skin of murderer William Burke. Not for the faint of heart.

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

On any Edinburgh holiday, you’ll want to pick up jewellery, sweaters and of course a bottle (or three) of Scotch whisky. The Royal Mile is a good start for souvenirs, but just 600 m west you’ll find colourful Victoria Street. These pastel storefronts are a cheerful place to indulge in a shopping pick-me-up. Pick up a cookbook and show your friends how to make fatty cutties—no, we’re not name-calling—or go full Scot with a tweed suit jacket (this country was hipster before the word even existed).

For a well-kept foodie secret, grab one of lastminute.co.nz’s cool Edinburgh car hire options and head north to Leith, the city’s port. Along the Shore of Leith you’ll find historic architecture and cobbled streets that will make you feel like you’re in the 19th century—but Michelin-starred restaurants that are sure to bring your taste buds back to the present day. Plus, it’s the perfect post-dinner walk.

Old Town is the place to be if late nights, high heels and loud beats are your thing, while South Side has a laid-back student vibe thanks to the University of Edinburgh campus. No Scotland holiday is complete without a night of whisky, accordion and dancing (trust us). Head to the West End to catch a ceilidh; chow down on haggis (sorry, it’s a rite of passage!) then do the Britannia Two-Step or Flying Scotsman—not to be confused with the whisky drink, though that may also be served.

What’s Next?

Don’t get up to high doh (get all worked up) if you’ve been busy with life and forgot to book your trip. lastminute.co.nz has Edinburgh holiday packages to suit any traveller—but you’re on your own for the kilt and bagpipes.


Guide to Exploring Edinburgh


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Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile

Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile

231 Canongate, Edinburgh, Scotland
    3.5 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

    Located in Old Town, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Mile, St. Giles' Cathedral and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre ...

    Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal MileNZ$101

    Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal MileNZ$101
    Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

    Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      This family-friendly Kirknewton hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Edinburgh International Climbing Arena Ratho and Heriot Watt University. ...

      Dalmahoy Hotel & Country ClubNZ$139

      Dalmahoy Hotel & Country ClubNZ$139
      YOTEL Edinburgh

      YOTEL Edinburgh

      Erskine House, Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
        4.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in New Town, this hotel is steps away from Georgian House and Princes Street. George Street and Royal Mile are also within 15 minutes. Edinburgh Haymarket ...

        YOTEL EdinburghNZ$88

        YOTEL EdinburghNZ$88
        Eden Locke

        Eden Locke

        127 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in New Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Charlotte Square, Princes Street and George Street. Princes Street Gardens and Usher Hall are also within ...

          Eden LockeNZ$127

          Eden LockeNZ$127
          The Balmoral Hotel

          The Balmoral Hotel

          1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
            5.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in New Town, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Princes Street and George Street. Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Royal Mile are also within ...

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            Mode Edinburgh

            Mode Edinburgh

            74 - 77 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
              3.5 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in New Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Georgian House and Princes Street. George Street and Royal Mile are also within 15 minutes. Edinburgh ...

              Mode EdinburghNZ$127

              Mode EdinburghNZ$127
              The Scotsman Hotel

              The Scotsman Hotel

              20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
                4.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Old Town, this boutique hotel is steps away from City Art Centre, Princes Street and Royal Mile. Edinburgh Dungeon and Real Mary King's Close are ...

                The Scotsman HotelNZ$230

                The Scotsman HotelNZ$230
                Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Leith Waterfront

                Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Leith Waterfront

                Britannia Way, Ocean Drive, Edinburgh, Scotland
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

                  Located in Leith, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Edinburgh Port and Royal Yacht Britannia. Princes Street and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre are also within ...

                  Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Leith WaterfrontNZ$92

                  Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Leith WaterfrontNZ$92

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