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edinburgh winter

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edinburgh winter

Hi. I was thinking of going to Edinburgh from 28th december 2012 till 4 January 2013 ..

Any suggestions for the place ?

Venue for NYE ?

Temperatures?

Is it safe renting a car in the city?

Any more useful information will be more then helpful :-)

Regards

Francesco

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1. Re: edinburgh winter

Any suggestions for the place ?

GO!

Venue for NYE ?

EDINBURGH!

Temperatures?

LOW!

Is it safe renting a car in the city?

YES. But why?

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http://www.edinburghsparkles.com/hogmanay/ will give you a brief idea of what's available for visitors to Edinburgh over the new Year holiday. And there will be places like the Castle, Museum, Art Galleries open during the period, though many close 1 Jan, maybe 2 Jan.

If the weather's half decent you could go to South Queensferry for the Loony Dook http://www.theloonydook.co.uk/

If you are intending visiting places in the city, your best bet is to forget a car - use the buses. If you want to go places outside the city that's another matter. Maybe hire a car if that's the case, and be aware some car hires will close over the holiday period. Edinburgh is pretty safe for rented vehicles. Rental companies? If you have any doubts use one of the well-known companies.

NYE: Edinburgh has a big street party - you could just join the mobs on the street. There will be loads of hotels, bars, clubs offering NYE deals - is that what you mean?

Entrance to the NYE party is by ticket, and streets are fenced off; entry by ticket only from early evening. If you have a central hotel, no problem, they'll sort it all out for you.

Just on Princes Street you have very expensive places like the Balmoral or the Caledonian, down to cheap places like Easyhotel and travelodge. And MANY in between. But Edinburgh will be busy so book soon.

Temperatures: daytime temperature maybe 5C on average, night-time maybe 2C. It could be blue skies, clouded over, it could rain, it might snow. If blue skies in the day, frosty at night.

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3. Re: edinburgh winter

Hi!

Welcome to the forum. Edinburgh is lovely at Xmas and Hogmanay (Scottish NYE). The weather will be cold, with possibility of snow and gales. You get glorious crisp sunny days then too.

The street party or the ceilidh in the gardens are iconic Edinburgh Hogmanay events, and will give you a night to remember. They are somewhat weather dependent though. Plenty of hotels offer gala events, dinners and dances, which might appeal more.

You do not need a car in Edinburgh. They are expensive to park, difficult to manoeuvre through narrow complex streets, and we have an excellence bus system. The centre of town is entirely walkable, too.

Enjoy your planning!

Abs :)

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I'd not recommend car hire unless you are planning visiting areas that arent accessible via public transport (most are)

If the weather takes a turn for the worse (ie snow, strong winds etc) you probably wouldnt want to experience driving in such conditions. Factor in the above mentioned narrow, old streets and you get the picture. If you are not used to this type of driving then I don't see the point on a trip like this - buses, trains and walks should suffice.

Temps, like most of the year, rather unpredictable. Daytime temps 'might' get as high as 10c but more like around 5c. Night time below zero not uncommon but not to be expected every night. It wont be at all warm for sure, but there is plenty to keep one entertained whatever the weather.

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It can sometimes be a bit of a knee trembler flying in/out in Dec/Jan due to the Airport being closed because of snow!!

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Is it safe renting a car in the city?

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Safe but crazy. Where exactly do you see yourself driving? Do you realise it will be dark around 3pm so viewing the countryside is somewhat of a challenge.?

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Thanks for your advise guys :-) really helpful. I have downloaded the Edinburgh city trip advisor. You can use it offline aswell .

Are the bus fee's and taxi expensive ?

I think I will leave the car rent for this holiday and manage with public transports .

Are there any skiing resorts near ?

Thanks a lot for your help

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8. Re: edinburgh winter

Buses are very cheap (for the UK), and plentiful. Taxi's more, but it depends on where you are going.

One of the best ski areas is on the edge of the city - Hillend. You can get a bus there.

Unlike almost all other ski places in Scotland, this one will be available, as it is artificial. The rest are reliant on good snowfalls and good weather - not the usual combination in Scotland.

Have a look at Glenshee, Nevis Range etc. All the details and reports will be online if you use Google or another search engine. Google is your friend.

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Airport bus :-

http://www.flybybus.com/

National bus :-

www.stagecoachbus.com/localdefault.aspx…

Also if you get on early 3 months before you plan traveling and keep trying dates everyday you can pick up £10 single train tickets from here :- http://www.scotrail.co.uk/ then keep trying every day for your return assuming you are not planning coming back on the same day.

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Oh and cheap bus :- http://www.megabus.com/