Flights to Edinburgh
Edinburgh is the capital and second largest city of Scotland. Full of history and culture, Edinburgh is located in the south east of Scotland on the Firth of Forth and with its scenic setting and abundance of fine architecture it’s often considered to be one of the most picturesque cities in Europe.
Most flights to Edinburgh Airport (airport code: EDI) from South Africa have just one connection, but Iberia has a 2-stop route that goes through Madrid and London. Otherwise, most flights to Edinburgh just stop in London. That’s the case with Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, BMI and South African Airways. For a different option, you can also fly with Lufthansa and stop in Frankfurt instead. Either way, most flights to Edinburgh are going to take between 14 and 20 hours when travelling from Johannesburg.
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The Tourist Attractions of Edinburgh:
Edinburgh has a wealth of tourist attractions, and is visited by about a million international visitors every year. This makes it the second most visited destination in the UK after the nation’s capital, London. Edinburgh is an ancient city and full of history and historical architecture. Add to this the great shopping, entertainment, dining and accommodation facilities you can see why Edinburgh is so popular!
With so many things to see and do a tourist may find it difficult to know where to start. Here’s a quick guide to some of the best and most popular attractions in Edinburgh:
Edinburgh Old Town
Edinburgh Old Town is the medieval built part of the city which is a maze of streets enclosed at one end by the famous Edinburgh Castle. The area has been granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status, along with the New Town. Edinburgh Castle is one of the top attractions and most famous landmarks of the city. You can take tours of the castle and grounds and enjoy the fabulous views over Edinburgh.
The Royal Mile runs away from Edinburgh Castle and at the other end are the ruined remains of Holyrood Abbey and Holyrood Palace.
Edinburgh New Town
The New Town of Edinburgh isn’t exactly new anymore but it’s still referred to as the New Town! Built from the mid 1700s until about 1850 the New Town was needed because the Old Town had become so crowded. The architecture is quite different here but still impressive in its own way. There’s mainly neo-classical and Georgian architecture, lining some of Edinburgh’s most famous streets, such as Princes Street. This is one of the top shopping streets in Edinburgh, though it’s also home to other attractions such as two of the main art galleries in Scotland, monuments, memorials, and gardens.
The Edinburgh Festival
One of the world’s best known festivals is held every year in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Festival is actually a collection of different festivals including the most popular Edinburgh Fringe, and Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Both are highly recommended, but bear in mind that Edinburgh is extremely busy during these times and finding accommodation can be tricky.
When Should You Visit?:
If you want to visit during the Edinburgh Festival you should come in August which is also the warmest month of the year along with July. The average high in these two months is 19C. June and September can be pleasant with mild temperatures though outside these times it does start to get chilly. Be prepared for rainfall throughout the year as it’s evenly spread across the summer and winter.