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Edinburgh Vacation In Winter

Updated on November 29, 2012

Edinburgh Castle Dominates the Skyline


Scotland's Capital City Awaits

Edinburgh- the capital of Scotland is arguably one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. Visit Edinburgh at any time of year for a vacation and there will be rich treats and delights in store. Visitors will be enchanted and captivated by visiting this beautiful city in winter.

Edinburgh castle is a castle fortress which dominates the skyline, perched high on the volcanic Castle Rock. A Royal Castle since the 12th century it marks the top of the Royal Mile, a street which forms the centre of the Old Town and leads to Holyrood Place, the Scottish residence of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Marked as an important centre of the Enlightenment, Edinburgh has a rich cultural heritage and was home to many great thinkers, engineers, scientists and economists.The landscape is rugged and stunning, a product of pre historic volcanic activity.

The old town centered around the Royal Mile has many buildings 300 years old or more, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is a magical labyrinth of passageways or "closes" which often lead into surprisingly light formal courtyards. An ideal place to take a walking tour especially after dark as Edinburgh has many supernatural delights to explore. Ghosthunting in Edinburgh is not for the feint hearted.

The Royal Mile Edinburgh


Edinburgh's Grassmarket

Edinburgh New Town

The so -called New Town is a short hop across Princes Street Gardens, building started in 1750, is also UNESCO World Heritage site and considered my many to be one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in existence.

Edinburgh city centre is compact, and most places of interest are within easy walking distance, although a regular bus network covers the city. Average temperatures in Edinburgh in winter are around 2-3 degrees, with occasional snow or rain.

Things to Do and See

Edinburgh Castle is a must for all visitors, views from the ramparts across the whole of the city are spectacular and not to be missed during a winter Edinburh vacation. Holyrood palace is also open to visitors.Edinburgh has many Museums and large galleries to visit, and is suprisingly only a few miles from the sea where the Royal Yacht Britannia has permanent mooring just North of the city centre. The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre on the Royal Mile is a warming place to stop! Both the old and new town are teeming with a wide variety of cafes pubs and restaurants. Whether you need a coffee or dinner at a five star restaurant you will be spoiled for choice. A firm favourite for fine dining is the Witchery restaurant, which at the top of the Royal mile rubs shoulders with Edinburgh Castle.

You will find a very warm welcome awaits you in Edinburgh.


Edinburgh City Centre


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    • Indian Chef profile image

      Indian Chef 

      9 years ago from New Delhi India

      Very beautiful pics.. marked up

    • Wanderlust profile image


      10 years ago from New York City

      Just came back from Edinburgh, was spending Christmas there. Beautiful city and beautiful country!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Very good ideas for a winter in Edinburgh. I love that city it is one of the pretiest cities I've seen in Europe. Unfortunately I have never seen it in winter, I used to live about 20 minutes from Edinburgh but every winter I headed for Spain, I found the winters far too drastic for me. It looks that I missed on a few things! Never mind, there is always a next time. Thanks for the ideas.

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      Silver Fish 

      10 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

      Thanks for your comments.

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      10 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Being originally from the West of Scotland, I first began visiting Edinburgh occasionally as a child and have since actually lived in a couple of different parts of the city. You have created a very appealing guide to what remains my favourite city in all the world, despite having visited many of great beauty. Sadly, it is a couple of years since I have so much as visited Edinburgh and miss it very much. I really enjoyed reading your Hub and am sure that you will have a great many more people wishing to experience all the many delights Edinburgh has to offer for themselves.

    • jennifer_brooke profile image


      10 years ago

      Amazing pictures! Thanks for the article!

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      10 years ago

      Just what I was looking for, thanks for the info.

    • Silver Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Fish 

      10 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland


    • WoodsmensPost profile image


      10 years ago from Arizona

      I would love to visit Edinburgh in the winter or any season. Castles a really fun to tour and Scotland itself would just be a fantastic place to visit. Great Hub!!

    • QudsiaP1 profile image


      10 years ago

      This is absolutely beautiful, specially since we never get snow, I would definitely want to visit this castle one fine winter. :)

    • Silver Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Fish 

      10 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Stories Inc. 

      10 years ago

      Edinburgh looks like a beatiful place. Now I want to go there some day.

      Thank you also for putting up those charming pictures.

    • 2patricias profile image


      10 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Very nice hub. Both of us have been in Edinburgh (with our husbands) for the Festival. Pat has visited more often because her daughter lives there.

      Once during a winter visit, Pat's husband shed 3 pounds weight - he attributes that to walking in the cold.

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      10 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      Nice hub, well written. I was actually at Edinburg last weekend....very beautiful. Thanks for sharing!!

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      Auntie M 

      10 years ago

      Visited Edingburg this past late September. Loved the city and the people were very friendly and informative. Love to return in August for the festival.

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      Linda Crampton 

      10 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I was born in England and spent my childhood in Wales, but I never visited Scotland. I live in Canada now, but I’m hoping very much that I will be able to visit Scotland – especially Edinburgh - some time in the future. Thanks so much for including the map with Street View. At least I can explore some of Edinburgh on the computer!

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      10 years ago

      really nice hub! can't wait to visit edinburgh! i'm sure it is wonderful to actually live there. thanks for sharing! voted up and awesome from me!

    • Silver Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Fish 

      10 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

      Thanks so much, you will find a very warm welcome awaits you in Edinburgh.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      10 years ago from Sweden

      A wonderful hub! To visit Edinburgh has been on my toplist for some years now, and this hub have increased my wish to visit this beautiful town! You have done a very good first hub!

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      10 years ago from UK

      :) :) :) I don't know Singapore, but Hong Kong isn't bad... ???

    • Silver Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Fish 

      10 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

      Wow, a woman after my own heart! My favourite cities in the world- in no particular order are Amsterdam, San Francisco, Edinburgh and Singapore. Something to do with the cosmopolitan atmosphere and huge skies!

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      10 years ago from UK

      I LOVE Edinburgh + Scotland! This is most beautiful city (after Amsterdam and SF, or together with those cites) in the world! This is in my eyes, of course. Love your hub!

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      10 years ago

      I love Edinburgh and it's a beautiful city to visit. I hope one day I will get a chance to see it again.

      Great effort and keep it up!

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      10 years ago from USA

      Nice job on your first hub!


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