Edinburgh is a city filled with a rich history of culture and spectacular grand stone architecture, a haven for tourists and local visitors alike – especially at New Year.
One of the city’s largest events, the annual Hogmanay Festival celebrated on New Year’s Eve is famous throughout the UK. Hogmanay is one of the biggest and most celebrated dates in the Scottish calendar, hosting traditional singing of “Auld Lang Syne”, widely adopted by the rest of Britain.
In days gone by it was customary to give gifts of fruit cake or salt to neighbours but modern celebrations have replaced this with a huge and triumphant festival featuring live music performances from top international artists. To mark the end of 2012, live music from acts including Simple Minds and The Maccabees will feature among other great attractions as the eyes of the world once again focus on Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Old Town
Outside of the New Year festivities, Edinburgh still has plenty to entertain tourists. The Old Town retains many of its medieval characteristics, all of which can be seen throughout Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. This area is also home to the Royal Museum of Scotland and the majestic law courts.
The city is surrounded by green parks and golf courses, however given their distance from many of the other attractions within the city; we would advise making car rental in Edinburgh a priority. We provide plenty of rental options for this, with a wide variety of cars on offer, so you can enjoy a trip across Scotland without any worries or restrictions.
Edinburgh – the city of festivals
For those who want to see Edinburgh at its most lively, Hogmanay isn’t the only festival on the Scottish calendar. The Edinburgh Fringe (now named the Edinburgh Comedy Festival) is the largest and most successful comedy festival in the world attracting the finest comedians, both professional and amateur. Acting as a springboard for many household names, this is one event which can’t be missed if you’re keen to get a glimpse of tomorrow’s comedians, today.
Packed with culture
With the five Scottish National Galleries all in Edinburgh, an electric mix of art, both historic and contemporary, can be found in this city’s cultural makeup. There are also several outstanding music venues that cater for local artists as well as hosting more established bands taking nationwide tours.
A great destination in its own right, Edinburgh is also the ideal base for further travel. A drive across the north of the bridge will bring you to Dunfermline which has a lot to offer. It is noticeably home to a 10th Century abbey. If you rent a car in Edinburgh, remember to consider where you intend to travel carefully. A little planning beforehand can help ensure your journey runs smoothly and allow you to enjoy the sites of Edinburgh and Scotland.
Our options for car hire in Edinburgh are incredibly popular and efficient way of getting to see as much of this wonderful city as possible and allow you to run to your own schedule, rather than relying on public transport.