Sunday 22 April 2018

Edinburgh - need to know

Getting there

Fly from Dublin to Edinburgh with Ryanair (0818 303 030; or Aer Lingus (0818 365 000; from Dublin or Cork. Fares from ¤60 return. Budget carrier Flybe (0044 1392 268 529; also flies from Knock.

staying there

Splashing out: Perched on the corner of North Bridge, the Balmoral Hotel (0044 131 556 2414; is an Edinburgh institution. Known for its understated elegance and luxurious bedrooms, it was in room 552 that JK Rowling finished her final Harry Potter novel. Doubles from ¤180.

Middle of the road: With the Assembly Rooms across the road, the upmarket George Street Hotel (0044 131 225 1251; thegeorge) is the perfect base for exploring the Fringe. Housed in upscale, renovated 19th-century townhouses, rooms are more spacious than the prices might suggest. Doubles start at ¤110.

Cheap and cheerful: Located in a wonderful 16th-century building in the heart of the Old Town, the High Street Hostel (0044 131 557 3984; highstreet is just the place if you're on a tight budget. Clean, comfortable and less rowdy than other hostels (stag and hen parties are barred). Beds in 12-person dorms start at ¤16.

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