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Frequently asked questions

What are the major attractions in Edinburgh?
If your trip to Edinburgh is all sorted out but your travel itinerary is looking a bit empty, we can give you a few hints and tips.You might need to ask the boss for a few more days off, because Edinburgh is simply bursting with iconic sights and landmarks. First cab off the rank should be Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle. Don’t miss St. Giles’ Cathedral and Greyfriars Kirk either.Experience the best that this city has to offer by adding National Gallery of Scotland and Scott Monument to your schedule. If you have some extra time, check out Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and Scotch Whisky Experience too.Plan a stop at Royal Mile. It’s one sight you’ll find on travelers’ must-do lists. Princes Street and Grassmarket are also nearby and worth a detour.
What are the best road trip destinations near Edinburgh?
The joy of having your own car is that you can travel where you want, when you want. Make full use of your newfound freedom by exploring all there is to do in Cocklawburn Beach. It’s just 50 miles away. Among the first stops you make here should be Haggerston Castle, Chain Bridge Honey Farm and Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard. The locals will also probably point you in the direction of Castle Sands, 30 miles away. If you can only see one attraction here, make sure it’s St. Andrews Links. (But we’d also recommend Old Course at St Andrews and Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.)
Where are the best beaches near Edinburgh?
There’s nothing nicer than dropping the car window and feeling the warm, salty air on your face while you’re driving by the seaside. Pack some supplies and spend an afternoon enjoying the sun at one of the lovely beaches near Edinburgh. Top options include:

  • Portobello Beach (4 miles away).
  • Joppa Shore (4 miles away).
  • Pettycur Beach (8 miles away).

Where are the best convention centers near Edinburgh?
After spending time rubbing shoulders with like-minded individuals, it’s always nice to know you can relax and unwind someplace nearby. If you’re traveling to Edinburgh for work-related purposes, these are some of the top convention centers that are close to hotels, restaurants and cafés:

  • Riddle’s Court (0.2 miles away).
  • City Chambers (0.3 miles away).
  • Royal Mile (0.4 miles away).

What kind of rental car should I get for Edinburgh?
With big-name attractions like Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, it’s no surprise Edinburgh is such a popular destination. But if you’re about to drive through this huge metropolis, it’s a good idea to think small. A compact car will have you zipping around the frantic streets and parking with ease. If you don’t enjoy the idea of big-city driving, there’s a whole lot to explore farther afield. Hop behind the wheel of a four-wheel drive or an SUV and visit the gorgeous cliffs that Scotland is renowned for.
Should I get a luxury rental car in Edinburgh?
Sometimes it’s all about the journey, which makes your car choice particularly important. If you’re about to head off on an unforgettable road trip around Edinburgh, a robust and stylish SUV could be the perfect solution. If you want the cheapest possible price and plan to stick to city driving, a versatile compact is hard to beat. All you need to do is decide what suits you best, pack up the car, and start clocking up those miles.
Is it difficult to park in Edinburgh?
Grabbing a car space in Edinburgh isn’t always easy. That’s why many visitors search for a hotel that has its own parking. When leaving the car around the city, take careful note of the signage. Overstaying the specified time limit could land you a steep fine.
Does Edinburgh have peak-hour traffic?
Since the population of Edinburgh is only 465,000, you probably won’t have much trouble with traffic congestion. That being said, city center streets can get busy before and after work hours, so you may want to avoid driving then.
What happens if I get a speeding fine while driving a rental car in Scotland?
Normally, your chosen rental company will bill the fined amount to your credit card. Alternatively, the company may provide your contact details to the relevant local law enforcement agency so they can issue a fine directly to you.
Is it illegal to use a cell phone while driving in Edinburgh?
Yes, it is against the law to use your cell phone while cruising in your car around Edinburgh. This also extends to holding your phone while driving, as well as using hands-free functions like Bluetooth.
What are the rules around drink driving in Edinburgh?
The legal BAC (blood alcohol content) limit while driving in Edinburgh is 0.05%. If you’re planning a big night on the town, leave your car behind and organize a different way of getting home instead.
Is turning on a red light allowed in Edinburgh?
Yes it is. But before you turn, you must bring the vehicle to a total stop and only move on if the way is clear.
Are seat belts compulsory in Scotland?
Seat belts should always be fastened in Scotland. However, the rule may differ for certain vehicles, such as those used by public transportation networks.

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