Leith is an historic port that's been restored and now features everything from tours of the adjacent Royal yacht Britannia to numerous restaurants in the shopping mall. Edinburgh itself is easily accessible via taxi or bus (a ten minute ride) or an hop on/off bus (Majestic Tours) every 15 minutes in high season, 30 minutes in other seasons. (12 Pounds) Ocean Terminal is approximately 20 minutes drive by car or taxi from Edinburgh airport.
Leith is only used by smaller ships! Large ships mostly use next door Newhaven to anchor their ships.
There are buses every 5 minutes from Princes St. and surrounding areas - numbers 11and 22. George Street also good for shopping. 35 bus goes to old town - Royal Mile. Also stops at National Museum of Scotland. You can pay for a single (£1.70) or dayticket (£4.00)when you get on the bus. Just tell the driver what ticket you want, pop the coins in the box, take your ticket and find a seat. You will need to have the exact money as our drivers cannot give you change Make sure you have coins with you before getting on the bus.
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Edinburgh has one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world, making it the ideal city break destination. With Scotland's most famous castle dominating the city skyline, there is plenty to see and do with the perfect balance between all things traditional and contemporary.
Discover world-class museums and galleries, take a tour on an open-top bus or even visit the city's own zoo. From the world famous Festivals to top-class restaurants and bars, not to mention fabulous shopping, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Built on extinct volcanoes atop an inlet from the North Sea (the Firth of Forth) and enveloped by rolling hills, lakes (lochs), and forests, Edinburgh invites exploration. This is a city of elegant streets, cobbled alleys, and incomparable sunsets.
Edinburgh (pronounced Edin-burra) is also a busy, noisy place with a spectacular landscape of hills and crags. The buildings of this vibrant capital city , from the historic houses of the Royal Mile to the elegant Georgian terraces and crescents of the New Town, offer the perfect complement to the natural setting. The city's layout is linear, in a pattern set by Castle Rock and Castle Ridge, down which the Royal Mile descends to the palace of Holyroodhouse. North of this lies a shallow valley holding the lovely Princes Street Gardens, with Waverley Station, the city's main railroad station at the eastern end. Above the gardens, and to the north is Edinburgh's main street, Princes Street. This is an ideal vantage point from which to view the castle and Old Edinburgh.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Many City hop on/off tour buses, start at the central railway station. Rates range from 12 to 17 pounds, depending on the tour. Rates are clearly marked on the bridge where the buses are waiting. Buy the Grand Ticket 24, which is valid on all hop on buses from all companies, so you never have to wait long! and also tours to the Royal Brittania and other destinations. 17 pounds an 15 pounds for seniors.
Edinburgh's main shopping drag is Princes Street -- lined with numerous U.K. department stores and chain retailers. Definitely check out Jenner's (48 Princes Street), considered the Harrod's of Scotland. Another "don't miss": Harvey Nichols, the famed London department store, recently opened its first Scottish branch in Edinburgh's St Andrews Square.
The currency throughout the UK is the pound (£). You may also hear the slang term quid for pounds. Scottish bank notes are frowned upon in other parts of the UK, so change the notes before leaving Scotland.
Please make sure you get change in English notes as Scottish notes are not everywhere accepted in the rest of the UK.
Cash machines (ATM) or less formally 'holes in the wall' are very widely available and usually dispense £10 and £20 notes.
Visa, Mastercard and Maestro, are accepted by most shops and restaurants.
English is spoken throughout the country, but sometimes with heavy accents!
Most cafe's and restaurants offer free WiFi.
The local emergency telephone number is 999, however the EU-wide 112 can also be used.
Shopping hours are in general:
Small stores 6 or 7 days a week (10am - 6pm)
Larger stores in general stay open til' 9PM
Hyper marts often 24/7
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