City of Edinburgh Area Guide Edinburgh leisure With streets steeped in history and a thriving cultural scene, the City of Edinburgh offers the perfect balance between all things traditional and contemporary. The UNESCO World Heritage Site at the heart of the city combines the medieval Old Town, the Georgian New Town and award winning modern architecture. Explore Edinburgh at your leisure, you’ll see views that make for perfect picture postcards, mysterious winding streets, elegant terraces and an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants. To help you decide what to take in on your visit, we've compiled our top City Experiences: An Edinburgh guide outlining the best places to go, top Edinburgh tourist attractions, views to take in and the must-do city experiences - choose from our listings on the right. The Lothians region consists of East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian where you can discover tales of Scotland’s past. Stately homes, dramatic castles and medieval chapels all provide a sense of Scotland’s impressive history. The area has many historic towns and scenic villages, which are great for exploring. From award winning beaches, championship golf courses and some of Scotland’s most impressive visitor attractions the Lothians offer plenty of things to see and do. To help get the most from your visit, check out our area highlights from the listings on the right. Edinburgh Hostel - Search for Backpacker Hostels in Edinburgh Edinburgh has a wealth of hostels, being a popular destination for backpackers and budget travellers from around the world. Some of the hostels belong to the Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA) and others are independent or privately owned. Many of the Edinburgh hostels offer fully equipped kitchens, common rooms, hot showers, dormitories, meals, family rooms and in some cases en suite accommodation. Not only are hostels a great way to meet like minded people, they offer excellent value for money in some of the most central locations in Edinburgh Edinburgh: As the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh will not disappoint. Edinburgh manages to successfully blend modern with old and you will find trendy nightclubs housed in medieval buildings. With its pubs, clubs, restaurants, museums and festivals, Edinburgh is a thriving capital city. Edinburgh Castle is, of course, the star attraction. Sitting on an extinct volcano overlooking the entire city, the Castle is dominating feature of the city. Today, it is open to visitors and houses displays the history of the Scottish Army regiments but by far the most impressive feature of the Castle is the stunning views of the city. August is the Edinburgh Festival month and is a great time to visit the city, but book your accommodation and lodgings early as the city swells with 1000s of day trippers, travellers and those on short city breaks, taking in the cities delights.