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Edinburgh (South Queensferry)
United Kingdom

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is built on an extinct volcano. The port of South Queensferry is located 18km east of Edinburgh. The Old Town is a maze of alleys and cobbled streets filled with historic castles, museums and cathedrals. After the Act of Union of 1707, Scotland joined England and many wealthy people abandoned Edinburgh for London. The Georgian terraces of the New Town were built with the aim of attracting them again. Both the Old City and the New Town are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In August, Edinburgh hosts the Frindge Art Festival and the Military Tattoo.

The banks of Scotland issue their own currency which is at parity with the pound sterling.

Watch out for the rain. In July and August, there may be mosquitoes. Bring mosquito repellent.

Useful Information

Language

English

Currency

GBP
British pound

Currency Converters:  
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Time difference

UTC: 0

from New York: +5h

from San Francisco: +7h

from London: None

Tips

5% to 10% will be appreciated in restaurants and taxis.

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celsius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)Precipitations
Minimum
Maximum
(mminch)
January
1 33
6 44
642.50
February
1 34
7 44
451.75
March
2 36
9 48
522.00
April
3 38
11 52
431.75
May
6 42
14 58
492.00
June
9 47
17 63
532.00
July
11 51
19 66
582.25
August
10 51
19 66
532.00
September
9 47
16 61
622.50
October
6 43
13 55
702.75
November
3 37
9 48
612.50
December
1 34
7 45
672.75

Where is locate the Port of South Queensferry

The harbour is located 18km east of Edinburgh. The ships are anchored in the Forth River and passengers transferred by small boats to Hawes pier in the town of South Queensferry.

Smaller ships can dock at The Ocean Terminal in Leith near the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Travelling around the port of Edinburgh (South Queensferry)

Dalmeny Train Station is located at the top of the hill. The journey to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station (near Princes Street) is about 20 minutes and the cost is about 4 pounds.

Once in Edinburgh the various sites are easily visited on foot.

Hop on Hop off tourist bus are also available in front of the train station.

Activities in Edinburgh (South Queensferry)

Neighborhoods

Royal Mile

The street leading from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace in the middle of the Old Town. Several local product shops are located here.

Calton Hill

Climb this hill for a beautiful view of the city and its monuments.

Arthur’s Seat

A hill in Holyrood Park with interesting views.

Landmarks

The official residence of the Queen of Scotland. Admission costs £11 (June 2013). Visits are only possible when the royal family is away.

Climb the 287 steps to see this monument on Princes Street. Admission costs £4 (June 2013).

You can visit this modern building near Holyrood Palace for free.

Residence of the Duke of Roxburghe, one of the largest inhabited castles in Scotland.

Historical sites

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This hilltop royal fortress is home to the jewels of Scottish royalty. A cannon shot is fired at 1PM every day except Sunday. Admission costs £16 (June 2013) and tickets can be purchased online to avoid the queue. Plan an hour and a half for the visit of the castle.

Ruins of a 12th century monastery.

Museums

Visit the royal family former ship. You can see the royal apartments as well as the crew quarters and the engine room. Admission costs £12 (June 2013) and tickets can be purchased online. Plan at least an hour and a half for the visit if you want to take advantage of the audioguide.

Activities

The visit to the gardens is free, but the visit to the greenhouses costs £4.50 (June 2013)

Nearby

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Medieval town where the Royal - Ancient Golf Club and the British Museum on the Golf are located.

Excursions in Edinburgh (South Queensferry)

Visitors on their first visit will probably want to tour the city and visit Edinburgh Castle.

Other excursions will show you attractions in Edinburgh’s vicinity.

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