Looking to visit Scotland's breathtaking capital? There are plenty of exciting things to do in Edinburgh. With stunning architecture, endless winding streets and an awe-inspiring castle perched on a dormant volcano, there's nowhere else quite like it. Start by sightseeing in the historic Old Town, where some of the best Edinburgh attractions can be found, such as the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. Take a themed tour and discover the many secrets of the city - then pop into a cosy cafe and watch the world go by. With so many places to visit in Edinburgh, you'll be spoilt for choice. The New Town boasts an array of shops and some of Edinburgh's best restaurants. And if you're feeling adventurous, you can even climb to the top of Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano with the best views of the whole city. You're never far from cultural attractions in Edinburgh. By day you can scale a monument dedicated to a wordsmith, admire artworks in galleries and treasured wonders in museums, or even discover the grounds of Holyrood Palace. By night you can enjoy tours, musical and theatre performances, or find your favourite dram in a charming whisky pub.
Edinburgh is easily accessible through all major modes of transport, as detailed below.
Edinburgh airport has daily flights from most major airports. The airport is approximately 7 miles from Pollock Halls and is linked to the city centre by bus service number 100 and the famous Edinburgh Trams. The journey from the airport to the city centre will take approximately 25 minutes.
Edinburgh is easily accessible from the motorway network (M6, A74(M), M8, M9 and M90) and from Edinburgh City By-pass (A720). For more detailed instructions from your home to Edinburgh, you may find the route planner available at www.theaa.co.uk to be useful.
Edinburgh has excellent UK rail links
The East Coast mainline, which links Edinburgh and London King’s Cross, is the UK's fastest intercity railway: you can travel between the cities in around 4 hours.
Or, if you prefer to travel overnight, a sleeper service runs between London Euston and Edinburgh Waverley 6 nights a week. All trains arrive at Waverley Station in the centre of the city, although some trains also stop at Haymarket, which is a smaller station in the West End.
Pollock Halls is 20-30 minutes’ walk from the main railway station (Waverley) or a 10 minute taxi ride.
If you are travelling on a budget, buses are often your best bet. Edinburgh is well placed on the Scottish motorway network so getting here is easy with regular bus services from all major UK cities. Buses and coaches arrive at St Andrews Square bus station in Edinburgh's city centre.