The Scottish capital city of Edinburgh is drenched in both culture and history.
Packed with things to see and do, the city is a great road trip destination when travelling in your motorhome. If you have a few spare days, why not hit the capital to see what it has to offer. Take a look below at our quick guide to Edinburgh:
Where To Stay in Your Motorhome
One of the best places to pitch your motorhome near the city is Linwater Caravan Park in Newbridge. This campsite is located just five miles from Edinburgh airport and has easy access to the city. The site itself is dog-friendly and has a number of facilities including showers, toilets, a playpark, a small shop at reception and a laundry room.
The campsite is also a short drive away from some of the best hiking spots in the Scottish Lowlands – the Pentland Hills, and the International Climbing Arena.
What To Visit In Edinburgh
Transport links with Edinburgh are plentiful with many trains, buses and trams in the city. Additionally, there are a number of park and ride car parks where you can park your motorhome and journey into the city. Edinburgh is packed full of things to do, but if you are there for a short time, here are some of our must-sees.
Dominating the Edinburgh skyline is the castle which is built on top of an extinct volcano. A castle has been on this site since the Iron Age and has been important throughout Scotland’s history. Inside the castle, you will find the Scottish crown jewels and the National War Museum. If you visit at the right time, you will see the firing of the one o’clock cannon.
After you have visited the castle, take a stroll down the Royal Mile – one of the oldest streets in the city that connects the castle with the Royal Palace and the new Scottish Parliament building. On this road (which is actually longer than a mile) you will find a number of bars, shops and restaurants as well as some traditional churches that you can look inside. For some great cake and coffee, we recommend Mimi’s Little Bakehouse on this street.
At the end of the Royal Mile, next to the Holyrood Palace you will find Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat which are great for a walk on a sunny day. Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano that has some unusual geographical features. The walk up to the top takes between 30 and 45 minutes depending on your pace, but it is worth it as here you will experience excellent views over the city and the Firth of Forth.
The main streets of Princes Street and George Street have a number of shops, restaurants and cafes to visit, while Princes Street Gardens is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon underneath the castle.
After a stop in Edinburgh, we recommend heading northwards towards the Scottish Highlands to take in some scenery like no other. Journeying to the Highlands will take some time, however, so take this into consideration when planning your trip. If you do head up north, consider stopping at some of the country’s Munros for some hiking opportunities and check out the many Whisky distilleries along the way.