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Coach holidays to Edinburgh 2024

Coach holidays to Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Coach Trip

Language: English
Currency: Pound Sterling
Time Zone: GMT
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Edinburgh - an introduction

Scotland's capital city is one of the most popular and cultural destinations in Europe, with a thriving arts scene boasting an international Festival Fringe and Military Tattoo, a good wash of museums and galleries and an Old and New Town ensemble that have earned the city an 'Athens of the North' nickname and World Heritage acclaim.

All this and it's easy to see why coach holidays to Edinburgh are popular; not to mention that the city is home to the most visited attraction in Scotland – Edinburgh Castle. No tour to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to this 1,000 year-old ancient fortress. Built on a volcanic crag, it dominates the city, draws in one million visitors each year and is a must-see on any break to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh's foot-friendly compactness means that it can easily be explored by walking. The famous Royal Mile is a network of roads that feature a high concentration of places of interest as well as linking the centrepiece castle with Holyroodhouse Palace at the bottom, the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family. When the Queen is not in town, the Palace's grandeur and history that is heavily linked to Mary Queen of Scots, can be appreciated on a guided tour.

At the other end of the mile you'll find the Castle and a plethora of street artists (look out for local celeb Adam Braveheart, whose tattooed derriere features on many fridge magnets in the city), as well as some odd mirrors that will make you look skinny or plump depending on your preference. The Scottish Whisky Heritage Centre is also at this end, where visitors can embark on a whisky barrel tour and find out about malting, mashing and 300 years of 'the water of life'.

Aside from the culture and history, Princes Street offers an unrivalled shopping experience. The Royal Yacht Brittania is also worth a visit on Edinburgh package holiday, standing in the port of Leith after having sailed over one million miles.

Coach holidays to the city usually incorporate the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo held at the Castle every August. Tours include a ticket to the Tattoo, return coach travel or flight, any transfers to and from airports and hotels, good quality accommodation about an hours' drive from the city, breakfast and transfers allowing for sightseeing. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, Moffat and Gretna Green are popular excursions, and cruise options on Loch Katrine aboard SS 'Sir Walter Scott' or journeys on the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway are also available.

Tourist offices
For further information about Edinburgh you can visit the Official Tourism Website at

In addition to strolling the Royal Mile or witnessing the amazing Edinburgh Tattoo, here are some other things to see and do whilst in Edinburgh:

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is a fortress which dominates the skyline of the city from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock and remains the most popular paid visitor attraction in Scotland, with over 1.3 million visitors per year.  There has been a royal castle here since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century. Each year The Edinburgh Military Tattoo take place on the Esplanade during August and the basis of the performance is a parade of the pipes and drums of the Scottish regiments.

Underground Edinburgh
Some of the most fascinating attractions of Edinburgh are right under your very feet. As you tread the ancient Royal Mile you could be forgiven for not realising the wealth of history and mystery underground. These dark, claustrophobic and atmospheric caverns are by far the most impressive of the vaults. Enter through an unimpressive doorway halfway down the hill where Blair Street ends. After descending into the catacombs, guides can take you through the history and paranormal reports on tales of body snatchers, murders and Satanists.

Princes Street
Princes Street is one of the major thoroughfares in central Edinburgh, and its main shopping street. It stretches around 1 mile (1.6 km) from Lothian Road in the west to Leith Street in the east. With no buildings on the South side of the street you can see panoramic views of Edinburgh Castle, the Old Town and the valley in between. Prince Street is a shoppers paradise with nearly every major high street store.

Edinburgh Zoo
Edinburgh Zoo is in an 82-acre site on Corstorphine Hill, providing great  views of the city. Built in 1913 it was the first zoo in the world to house and breed penguins and is the only zoo in Britain to house Koala bears and Giant Pandas. In just one visit you will be able to see over 1000 animals!

Edinburgh lies atop a network of underground tunnels, which are now a well-rated but largely undiscovered tourist attraction at Glimerton Cove. The South Bridge vaults are also renowned and said to have the hunting ground for body snatching duo Burke and Hare.