We will be in Edinburgh mid-July and wondering if we need to pre-book accommodation. It would be nice to just arrive whatever day suits us and depending on sites we get to on the way there, but we don't want to be stuck without a roof over our heads! Thank you.
I stayed in Jury Inn and Motel One. They are both close to the railroad station, buses to the airport and to the famous Royal Mile. Jury Inn is recommended by Rick Steves but I found Motel One to be cheaper (it's actually hotel not motel) and still comparable to Jury Inn and it's also closer to the station, buses and Royal Mile.
you should be OK but you might be limited to where you can stay and the range of accommodation.
How do you intend to get accommodation ,using the web, using local tourist office or by just turning up at various places.
We have had two visits to Travelodge St Mary's St. It is convenient to the train station....a little walk but not bad. It is a good location for Royal Mile, and down to Holyrood House and Arthur's Seat. Staff was very accommodating when we arrived early. Bare bones. Don't expect toiletries...but clean. One word of caution....the WIFI stinks.
Thanks Unclegus. We will likely be using the Internet a day or two prior to arriving. If we know farther ahead, then we would book at that time. The tourist offices are a good idea also.
you might find this link useful
As long as you stick with July and don't wander into August you should be okay. If you have trouble go the Tourist Information office and they can help find some place. It's called book a bed ahead. You tell them what you're looking for and will make the calls for you.
That's going to be during the peak tourist season and it could be busy in Edinburgh, as there are a number of events taking place. You may be fine with the spontaneous approach, but you may also have to settle for something that's in a less-than-desirable area (ie: far out of town), with fewer comforts or in a less-than-desirable price range.
Thanks Pam and Ken (fellow Brithish Columbian!) for the advice. I checked ahead to see when the school holidays start and it looks like July 19th - after we leave. But that's a rough guide for now, it could change. I think to be safe we'll book ahead - we will pretty much know what days we'll be there. We fly into Manchester July 8th with three nights in Yorkshire with friends, Lake District, then to Edinburgh. Thanks again!