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Edinburgh, the driving force of Scotland
The royal, political and financial capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is not only one of the most popular destinations in the United Kingdom, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover why, from the comfort of your own Avis car rental chosen from our extensive range.
We offer a wide range of car and van hire options so whatever your plans, we’ve got it covered. With additional service like out-of-hours return, satellite navigation and child seats, you can concentrate on your travels and let us take care of the rest.
The dark home of the Enlightenment
Once a major centre of the Enlightenment, the city prides itself on being the respectable face of Scotland. Architecturally, this is evident in the orderly layout and discreet stylistic flourishes of the neo-classical and Georgian New Town. Forming one half of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the New Town was constructed between 1765 and 1850. Today, it is home to the National Gallery of Scotland, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. It also features some of the city’s main shopping venues, ranging from the famous Jenners department store to a variety of designer boutiques.
At its heart, however, the town they call ‘Auld Reekie’ is an altogether much darker place. Edinburgh Castle looms high above the city on a vast and black volcanic plug. A royal fortress since the 12th century at least, much blood has been spilt on its rock. Today, it houses the crown jewels of Scotland and the mythical Stone of Destiny.
There are also museums of military interest and the city’s oldest building – the 12th century St Margaret Chapel. From its ramparts, the city sets its clocks each day to the boom of the one o’clock gun.
The road from the castle leads down the Royal Mile past the towering tenements of the 16th century Old Town – the other half of the UNESCO site. At the foot of the Mile is the Queen’s official residence – the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Nearby is the striking, and controversial, new Scottish Parliament building. From here you can walk to Holyrood Park and take the easy climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat hill for spectacular panoramic views.
East Lothian Coastline
If you feel like a break from the city, you could take a trip along the beautiful East Lothian coastline. In sharp contrast to the bustling capital, here you’ll find quiet nature reserves and sleepy fishing villages. Among the most popular seaside locations are Belhaven, Yellowcraigs and Gullane.
Venture further afield to Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland and only around an hour’s drive away. Where will our car hire take you?
Annual events and festivals
Prim on the one hand, improper on the other, this city not only knows how to organise a party, it knows how to enjoy one too.
Hogmanay is probably the most spectacular New Year’s celebration you’ll ever attend – and it may be the longest too. Running from 30th December to 2nd January, it’s a four-day festival of music, concerts and street events, with more than 80,000 revellers converging for the bells from every corner of the world.
If you’re flagging by New Year’s Day, then get yourself down to the annual ‘Loony Dook’ in the icy River Forth at South Queensferry. Join the hundreds of hardy souls for the fancy-dress dip and recharge those party batteries.
Whatever time of year you visit Scotland’s capital, you'll always find plenty to do. The highlight however, is the Edinburgh Festival – the umbrella term for the many festivals and events that take place each summer, mostly in August.
The headline event is the one that started it all: the International Festival. A world-class showcase for music, theatre, opera and dance, it has been joined since the beginning in 1947 by its edgier and earthier alter ego: the Festival Fringe. This unjuried festival now has well over 2,500 events, many of them experimental and many of them free at the door. Over the years, it has helped launch the careers of numerous stars of comedy and theatre.
Other major events during Festival season include the Film Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The latter takes place on the esplanade of the castle and features military bands and other displays from the British, Commonwealth and other invited armed forces.