Edinburgh has a reputation for being a wet city, grey and misty much of the time. This is certainly true during the winter months when daylight hours are short and the cloud is low. However, this wonderfully atmospheric weather only adds to the romantic, cosy nature of a place filled with indoor entertainment.
Rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year but June and July can produce days of endless sunshine. However, don’t be deceived – more often than not they will be accompanied by a fresh wind that will have you thinking twice about taking your coat on the clearest of days.
Despite being in the North of the United Kingdom, the temperatures are not too severe. An average January will see the thermometers hovering around 1 degree Celsius (34 degrees Fahrenheit), rising steadily throughout the year to a high of approximately 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) in July.
National Status Kingdom
National Population 57,998,500
City Population 443,600 City Centre (1995 estimate)
National Capital Edinburgh
Local Time 0 hours from GMT (5 hrs from EST.)(8 hrs from PST)
Official Language English
Currency Pound Sterling (GBP) 1 =100 pence
Religion Protestant majority, other Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu minorities.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Tourist Information 0131 473 3800
National Rail 08745 48 49 50
Edinburgh Aiport 0131 333 1000
Traveline Edinburgh 0131 225 3858
Police 0131 311 3131
Laundrette 0131 556 2743
Taxi 0131 228 1211
Miscellaneous Web Site Links
Visitscotland.com Official site of the Scottish Tourist Board
Edinburgh.org Official site of the Edinburgh & Lothians Tourist Board
The Edinburgh Guide Guide to sigtseeing, restaurants, and various entertainment around the capital
Scotland The Best Famous Grouse site dedicated to highlighting ‘Scotland’s best’ in every category imagineable
Edinburgh Time Out ’Time Out’ guide to city entertainment
Multimap.com Very detailed and useful road mapping of anywhere in the UK
Edinburgh Pub Guide Independent Reviews of some of the hundreds of Pubs around Edinburgh
The Scotsman On-line publication of leading Scottish newspaper covering local, national and international topics.
EICC On-line resource for Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Scottish Rugby Union Official site for the Scottish Rugby Union at Murrayfield
Edinburgh University Central resource for this world renowned University
EAN Edinburgh accommodation network that passes requests for accommodation around a small group of respected establishments to help visitors find suitable accommodation quickly and easily
The Tartan Register Official register of all publicly known Tartans worldwide
CamVista Castle WebCam It seems no tourism site is complete without one – CamVista also have several other live cams of Edinburgh.
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