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Discover Edinburgh

Edinburgh City Guide

Scotland’s historic and cosmopolitan capital is full of interesting things to see and do, with stunning architecture, fascinating history and breathtaking natural beauty, making it the perfect destination for a visit to the UK.

If you’re looking to experience the adventure and cultural heritage of one of Europe’s most famous cities, choose one of our ferry crossings and travel to Scotland at your own pace in your own car.

Header image credit: Scottish Viewpoint

Image credit: Scottish Viewpoint

Getting there

Our overnight car ferries sail from Ijmuiden to Newcastle, so you’re just a short drive away from the border when you arrive. Or you can take in more of the UK on your way north to this vibrant city, with one of our crossings from Dieppe to Newhaven, or Dunkirk and Calais to Dover.

Why visit Edinburgh?

Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most fascinating and beautiful cities. Set in the crater of a long-extinct volcano, Edinburgh has deservedly been called the Athens of the North for its majestic castle set on a mighty rock, as well as its classical monuments and buildings and its cultural heritage.

The Old Town’s winding streets are filled with history, as well as world-class museums and cultural treasures. At the top of the Royal Mile stands Edinburgh Castle, once home to Mary Queen of Scots and her son, the future James I of England, while the elegant New Town shows off 18th century town planning and fantastic shopping opportunities.

What to see in Edinburgh

Home of the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s number one tourist attraction and when you visit, you’ll understand why.

The Castle houses the Honours, Scotland’s Crown Jewels, as well as the Stone of Scone, a ceremonial alter which has been used in the coronations of Scottish and English monarchs for centuries.

The National War Museum of Scotland provides a thrilling look at Scotland’s military history. At the other end of the Royal Mile is the Palace of Holyrood House, along with Holyrood Park. There’s also The National Museum of Scotland which is packed with a wide variety of collections, from natural history to world culture and science.