When to fly?
Mention Edinburgh and two events come to mind - the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's largest arts festival that takes place in August, and Hogmanay, the celebration that sees in the New Year with hedonistic joy. It may be more difficult to find cheap flights to Edinburgh during these times, but booking flights in advance should help.
Book your flight in August and see other events in the city including the Edinburgh International Festival, which is a performing arts festival running for four weeks and showcasing world-class displays of dance, music and theatre. The Festival finishes with an outstanding firework display at Edinburgh Castle. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo also taking place in August, invites people to watch almost a thousand musicians, drummers, pipers, singers and dancers who fly in from around the world perform on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade.
There's no off-season in Edinburgh and if you're going for the Fringe or Hogmanay make sure you book as far in advance in order to grab cheap flights to Edinburgh. Rates rise dramatically around August and Christmas.
Why visit Edinburgh?
Take a cheap flight to Edinburgh and see Scotland's capital seamlessly blends ancient with modern living. Examples are dotted throughout the city from the modern Scottish Parliament building to the imposing Edinburgh Castle that sits high on the hilltop commanding every visitor’s attention. Make sure to book a tour of the castle well in advance to beat the crowds.
It may sound ironic that an ancient city with its winding medieval streets and Gothic architecture would be one of the liveliest cities in Europe. Not only does it have a buzzing nightlife scene but every August four festivals including the world’s largest, “the Fringe”, take place there transforming the city into one big celebration. Beyond the city walls, visitors can explore the rural area of the Lothians: East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian. All three areas provide a relaxing break to the hustle and bustle of modern day life. Midlothian is probably the most visited thanks to its Rosslyn Chapel being featured in the Da Vinci Code films.
Take a flight and see a city is packed with great museums such as the Scottish National Gallery and National Museum of Scotland, galleries and attractions (Camera Obscura, a rooftop periscope in Castlehill, and Edinburgh Zoo to name a few) but just soaking up the atmosphere on the streets, browsing through little shops, having a meal in one of the many restaurants, will provide all the Scottish charm you need.
One attraction that’s great for kids if you’re on a half-term break is the Scottish Parliament. There are free guided tours when Parliament is in recess. This amazing building is situated in the Holyrood area of Central Edinburgh at the foot of the Royal Mile, opposite the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Edinburgh is also a stellar city for shopping. There are some old-style department stores (Jenners), some A-List shops (such as Harvey Nichols), and lots of quirky vintage stores that are laden with great-value finds. If you're desperate to find your family tartan the Royal Mile is worth a wander.
Whether you’re into shopping, sightseeing or want to take the kids somewhere great for their school holidays, getting on a flight to Edinburgh will tick all the boxes.