Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh contrasts the new town and bustling shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Edinburgh is a World Heritage Site and the Castle is one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
Airlink 100 buses connect between the airport and the city centre every 10 minutes, from early morning until after midnight, and cost £3.50 (calling at the Waverley and Haymarket train stations); the journey takes approximately 25 minutes. There are many alternative buses including Night bus N22, Service 35 and Airdirect 747, that run to the city centre via a couple of stops en route. Stops for public buses are situated at stand 18 on the terminal forecourt road outside the UK Arrivals Hall. The designated taxi rank is also outside the UK Arrivals Hall beside the coach park. Car rental companies are also available.
The popular Hotel du Vin chain has a hotel nestled deep in Edinburgh’s Old Town, housed within a former city asylum. Guests benefit from a bistro, mezzanine bar, cigar bothy, whisky snug, Laroche tasting room and wine cellar. www.hotelduvin.com
For boutique luxury, Hotel Missoni offers five-star luxury on Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. Iconic Missoni design touches can be seen in the coveted sheets, bathrobes and designer products in all gadget-laden guest rooms. www.hotelmissoni.com
Martin Wishart, and wife Cecile, opened his selftitled restaurant in Edinburgh’s historic Port of Leith in February 1999. Since opening, the team at the restaurant have remained true to the original mission of creating fine French cuisine, using fresh local ingredients. www.martin-wishart.co.uk
In the heart of the Old Town, Petit Paris is within the vibrant and picturesque Grassmarket area. It’s been a favourite with locals for the past decade. www.petitparis-restaurant.co.uk
Edinburgh castle is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, which sits high on its own volcanic rock at the top of the Royal Mile. www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) – founded in the 17th century – extends over four gardens, boasts a rich living collection of plants, and is a world-renowned centre for plant science and education. www.rbge.org.uk
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