Edinburgh neighborhoods

You know you're headed to Edinburgh. But what part of town will be ideal for your stay? Here's a quick overview of Edinburgh's most central neighborhoods.


Situated in the southeastern part of Edinburgh, this neighborhood is mostly residential. The Meadows is a park perfect for strolls or a morning jog, with cherry trees in bloom at springtime. The area is well serviced by city buses.

» See hotels in Meadows-Marchmont.


This largely residential neighborhood to the southwest is famously home to author J.K. Rowling. One of two main Edinburgh train stations, Haymarket Station, is not far from here. Several city bus routes pass through the area.

» See hotels in Merchiston-Morningside.

Old Town-New Town

Most of the main tourist sights are found in this area at the heart of the city. Old Town's Royal Mile runs from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament building.

New Town, which was actually constructed in the late 1700s, is known for its Georgian architecture. The main thoroughfare is Princes Street. Waverley Station and Edinburgh Bus Station are also found in this neighborhood.

» See hotels in Old Town-New Town.

West End-Murrayfield

This neighborhood to the west of the city center is home to some of Edinburgh's best boutique shopping and funky hotels. The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery are also found here. From the West End, it's not far to walk to Princes Street and the city center. The neighborhood is home to Haymarket Station where travelers can easily take trains to outerlying points of interest like St. Andrews.

» See hotels in West End-Murrayfield.

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