Top things to know about Edinburgh
- Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, as well as being the location of the Scottish Parliament, Government, and supreme courts. It has a population of about 530,000, making it the second most densely populated in Scotland, and the seventh most populous city in the UK.
- When driving in the city of Edinburgh, many streets have a speed limit of 30 miles per hour (48 km per hour), with some streets having an increased limit of 40 miles per hour. Changes to the speed limits around the city are indicated by round road signs with a red border. The rural parts of Edinburgh generally have a speed limit of 60 miles per hour (96 km per hour), and any differences will also be marked with a red bordered road sign.
- If you’re travelling in the winter months, make sure you drive with extra caution. When the weather gets cold enough for snow and ice the majority of roads are cleared frequently, but there is still a danger of black ice, a dangerous and barely visible layer of ice that makes the roads more slippery.
- Edinburgh is home to the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, held once a year in August. It is the world’s largest arts festival, bringing thousands of performers of all kinds to hundreds of stages that are scattered across the city. Offering both recognised names and up-and-comers, the Fringe Festival sees a wide variety of performances, from theatre, comedy and dance to physical theatre, cabaret and circus.
- Edinburgh is served by Edinburgh Airport, which can be found under ten miles west of the city centre; within half an hour, your Enjoy Car Hire rental can take you right to the centre of all the excitement.
- Drive on the left
- Drivers must be 18 or over
- Using your mobile phone while driving is illegal
Car Hire in Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
Edinburgh Airport was Scotland’s busiest airport in 2018, and many of the most popular airlines operate there. It is accessible by car, bus, and train. There are a number of car hire companies available at Edinburgh Airport. These include Europcar, Alamo, Sixt and Thrifty. You can find the car rental centre in its newly combined location, directly accessible from the terminal and outside to the left. Car hire prices can start from as little as £4 a day depending on your requirements and the time of year of booking.
Guide to Edinburgh
If you’re not visiting Edinburgh in time for Fringe in August, you can still get a brilliant dose of the finest of entertainment by visiting the Summerhall art centre. From traditional Scottish music and dance every week from the best ceilidh bands in the city, to theatrical performances and screenings of independent and popular films in their gorgeous multi-purpose hall.
Edinburgh offers a wide variety of free museums and art galleries, allowing you to get your fill of their cultural capital without spending a penny – many even offer guided tours for no charge. St Giles’ Cathedral is one of the most popular historical sites in Edinburgh, open to visitors looking to experience the music and architecture. If art is more to your taste, head to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, housed in an iconic building of the city and offering a visual journey through Scotland’s history to the current moment. Although charges may apply to special exhibitions, you can visit the portraits of Mary, Queen of Scots right up until actress Karen Gillan, free of charge.
The Stand is home to a brilliantly entertaining comedy scene in Edinburgh, and every Monday night offers a Red Raw session for a cheap but invigorating evening of watching comics making their way in the industry. If you’re lucky, popular names in the stand-up scene tend to return to this club, with comics such as Dylan Moran and Daniel Kitson frequenting this venue. Featuring both shows for kids and those aimed at adults, the Stand is sure to offer something to tickle everyone’s funny bone.
For a gorgeous driving experience, drive along the impressive Queensferry Crossing, which will take you along from Edinburgh to Fife where you can enjoy the refreshing scenes of the Fife Coastal Route. Alternatively, take the 45 minute drive from the city to North Berwick, a coastal town home to the breathtaking Tantallon Castle. Travelling with your Enjoy Car Hire rental car is the best way to see the variety and beauty a trip to Edinburgh has to offer both inside and outside of the city centre.
Edinburgh’s Bramble cocktail bar is a sure fire winner if you fancy an evening of drinks in one of the coolest places in the city. Although it doesn’t have the biggest capacity – only fitting less than 100 people – Bramble frequents lists of the best bars to visit often enough that you’re guaranteed a great evening with some delicious drinks. Featuring original concoctions and brilliant flavours, ask the knowledgeable bar staff for recommendations if you just can’t decide on one.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, Edinburgh has got something for everyone and every budget. With well-known names sitting alongside independent hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts, you can choose to stay in the heart of the city or on the outskirts and still have plenty to choose from.
Eating out in Edinburgh
If you are looking for the best steak in town, Steak are waiting for you by Picardy Place roundabout. Ready with a selection of cuts their expert chefs are prepared to cook just to your liking, friendly staff are also on hand to make recommendations if you’re unsure. While you’re there, why not indulge and get the delectable king prawns on the side, just to treat yourself.
To get your day off to the best start, head to Roseleaf bar and café for a delicious and affordable brunch. Situated in the historic Port of Leith, this cosy café serves their brunch menu from 10am until 5pm, giving you all the time you need to enjoy their food before setting off for your next adventure.
Aizle is a popular spot for fine dining, located on St. Leonard’s Street and considered one of the best restaurants in Edinburgh. Their food is locally sourced and cooked to perfection, with their menu regularly adapting to what is available, ensuring you get the best of the best when you go.
For a great quality and family friendly restaurant, La Favorita is said to have the best pizza in the city – and some say in all of Scotland! With plenty of offers and all the classics to please even the fussiest of the family, enjoy the award-winning log fired pizza with all of your loved ones.
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