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Places to stay in Edinbourgh

In August we are going on a 2 wk tour of Ireland and then plan to go to Scotland for a week. We are thinking of going on a trip to the Isle of Skye and spend of the rest of the time in Edinburgh. The tentative dates would be fly to Edinburgh on Aug 17, stay the 17th and 18th, then go to the Isle of Sky and return to Edinburgh for the 21st, 22nd and 23rd then fly home on the 24th.

Any suggestions for hotels in Edinburgh?

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Skye will be easier if you are driving and will not be limited to lodgings on a bus line. Things were getting tight on both Skye and Mull last month for the period of my July visit. I didn't have trouble finding vacancies in Edinburgh, but August will be tougher, I'm sure.

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As mentioned above, that will be during Festival so accommodations may be hard to find and / or expensive. There is a tram that runs from the airport to town. Google "Edinburgh Tram System" and you can see the route it follows. There are many hotels within walking distance of the tram line. One is named B + B Edinburgh. It is a hotel despite the name. If you should stay there ask for a room overlooking Dean Village. Many places to eat along Princess Street and George Street which is one block over and parallel to Princes St. Also in the Grass Market area very close to the big castle. Let us know if you need details.

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Is attending the Fringe Festival part of your plans? It is an incredible experience!

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We stayed in the Haymarket area last year. I was looking for a family room and it was hard to find in the central area. Haymarket is on the tram line so we were able to take it from the airport (after dropping off a car) to Haymarket, then it was a 5 minute walk to our guesthouse. It was about a 7 minute tram ride into city center from there. There were many guesthouses in the area, and some nice restaurants. There might be more availability in an area like that if the festival is on.

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Thanks for all the info. We are hope to spend less than $200 a night. The main purpose of our trip is to see Ireland. We thought that since we were close, we would spend a week in Scotland. We did not have plans to attend the Fringe Festival.

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Does Edinburgh have to be your focus of seeing Scotland? You could fly into Glasgow, and spend time in Oban to visit some islands, drive up to the Isle of Skye, drive to Inverness, etc. There are people who know a lot more about Scotland then I and could make suggestions for a lovely way to spend a week, without having to pay Festival prices in Edinburgh. Seems like a nice way to spend a week after Ireland.