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Explore Edinburgh with megabus

Take a bus to Edinburgh and start exploring straight away. Fill your shopping bags along Princes Street, or boost your Instagram feed with photos from the top of the Scott Monument. Tuck into a plate of gourmet food at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Edinburgh’s New Town, or put your palate to the test with a whisky tasting session in the Old Town. Scotland’s capital city – also known as Auld Reekie – is the kind of place you’ll want to come back to again and again. Here’s some inspiration to get you started…

Edinburgh: top 3 things to do

1. Climb the Scott Monument

One of the best places to soak up Edinburgh’s true beauty is from the top of the Scott Monument. This Gothic spire – built to celebrate novelist Sir Walter Scott – rises up from Princes Street Gardens, so you really can’t miss it. Climb the 287 steps then take in the phenomenal views as you get your breath back.

2. Visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Billed as the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe crams thousands of open-access performances into three weeks every August. It runs alongside the Edinburgh International Festival, so you’ll want to book your coach to Edinburgh nice and early for this one.

3. Have a Scotch Whisky Experience

This visitor attraction celebrates all things whisky, with tours, tastings and the chance to find your perfect dram from the world’s largest whisky collection. There are family-friendly options, and you can even take a morning masterclass if you can stomach it that early. Don’t worry – a strong coffee is included. 

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Edinburgh: getting around

Take the megabus to Edinburgh and you won’t need to worry about petrol or parking. Plus, you’ll get all mod-cons – like power sockets and free WiFi – on the way, not to mention a 20kg luggage allowance.

Once you’re in Edinburgh itself, it’s really easy to get around. This Scottish city may be hilly, but it’s also nice and compact, so you can walk between lots of the big attractions. If your journey is a little longer, take the bus or the tram. And if you’re heading to Edinburgh Airport, the Airlink100 runs a 24-hour service. 

Edinburgh: best for nightlife

Here for the night? Then you’re in luck, because Edinburgh’s nightlife scene runs the gamut from traditional pubs to high-tech clubs, and everything in between. If drinks are on the agenda, head to one of the pubs in Edinburgh’s Old Town, where cask ales and local whiskies are the order of the day.

If cocktails are more your thing, Edinburgh’s swanky New Town will be a better option. And it goes without saying that if you’re looking for a night like no other, you’ll want to book your Edinburgh coach travel for the city’s Hogmanay celebrations. This New Year’s festival runs over three days and nights, and it’s the street party to end all others.

Edinburgh: best for shopping

Princes Street is the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to shopping in Edinburgh. This mile-long stretch is packed with places to shop, including high street names like Debenhams, Zara and Jenners, which is now part of House of Fraser. The shops only line one side of the street, so you’re treated to amazing views of Edinburgh Castle along the route. And they run parallel to George Street, which is where you’ll find the bulk of designer stores and upmarket boutiques.

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Edinburgh for free: our top 3

1. Visit the Royal Botanic Garden

Take a break from the buzz of the city with a visit to Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden. It’s open all year round and totally free, unless you fancy exploring inside the 10 glasshouses. In summer, another great outdoor spot is The Meadows. Expect sunbathing uni students and picnicking families galore.

2. Visit the National Museum of Scotland

Right in the city centre, the National Museum of Scotland has just undergone multi-million-pound redevelopment. And with more than 20,000 artefacts under one roof, it’s no wonder it’s one of the top 20 most-visited museums in the world. Check out the museum’s timetable of exhibitions, talks and special events before you visit.

3. Set off on a city walking trail

There’s no better way to get to grips with Edinburgh’s rich history than a walking trail around the city. Thankfully, Edinburgh World Heritage has made things really easy with a collection of free trails you can download and follow at your own pace. You’ll soon see why the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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