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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.com.au’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.com.au 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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Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Kirknewton, Scotland
    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 ClubAU$150

    21 Jul - 22 Jul

    Moxy Edinburgh Airport

    Moxy Edinburgh Airport

    1 Fairview Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
      3.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Situated in Edinburgh, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Royal Highland Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Edinburgh Zoo and Edinburgh Park. Heriot Watt University ...

      Moxy Edinburgh AirportAU$170

      30 Jun - 1 Jul

      Apex Grassmarket Hotel

      Apex Grassmarket Hotel

      31-35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland
        4.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        3.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

        Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grassmarket, Royal Mile, and Greyfriars Kirk. Scotch Whisky Experience and The Hub are also within ...

        Apex Grassmarket HotelAU$197

        30 Jun - 1 Jul

        Principal Edinburgh George Street

        Principal Edinburgh George Street

        19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
          5.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

          Located in New Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Princes Street Gardens and St. Giles' Cathedral. Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Edinburgh ...

          Principal Edinburgh George StreetAU$259

          30 Jun - 1 Jul

          Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

          Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

          61 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

            Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from Grassmarket, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and Scotch Whisky Experience. Greyfriars Kirk and Royal Mile ...

            Apex City of Edinburgh HotelAU$173

            30 Jun - 1 Jul

            Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport

            Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport

            Almond Avenue, Ingliston, Newbridge, Scotland
              3.5 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Ingliston, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Edinburgh Zoo, Murrayfield Stadium, and Princes Street. George Street and Royal Mile are also within ...

              Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh AirportAU$206

              28 Jun - 29 Jun

              Jurys Inn Edinburgh

              Jurys Inn Edinburgh

              43 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
                4.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

                Located in Old Town, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Museum of Childhood, Princes Street, and Royal Mile. Real Mary King's Close and St. Giles' Cathedral ...

                Jurys Inn EdinburghAU$163

                30 Jun - 1 Jul

                Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket

                Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket

                1 Morrison Link, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland
                  4.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in West End, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Princes Street, and Usher Hall. Royal Lyceum ...

                  Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh HaymarketAU$144

                  30 Jun - 1 Jul

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