Edinburgh is second only to London as the most visited city in the United Kingdom. Its easy to see why, it’s a city full of charm, bursting with amazing historic buildings, cobbled streets, endless gardens and public spaces and surrounded by beautiful scenery.
The vast majority of people who visit Edinburgh tend to just check out the most popular tourist attractions in the city such as Edinburgh castle, Holyrood House and The Scotch Whisky Experience, however there is a lot more to this area than just the popular city attractions. Just a 40min bus ride from Edinburgh city centre you can find yourself in South Queensway, a quaint little town situated on the River Forth with amazing views of the famous Forth bridges.
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most visited attractions in Scotland and one of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks. Its hard not to notice the dominating castle, towering proudly above the city of Edinburgh on what’s known locally as Castle Rock.
Cramond Island is one of many small uninhabited islands that can be found along the Scottish coastline close to Edinburgh. If you are in Edinburgh and feel like escaping the city life for some fresh sea air and country walks then this is the place to go.
Staying in hostels isn’t everyone’s idea of holiday heaven, but for some it can be the best cost-effective way to travel. I myself have stayed in a lot of hostels over the years, some good, some not so good, so know what to look for and have gained a few tips on how to survive those first few nights in a dorm.