Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a compact, hilly medieval city which provides the gateway to the beautiful outdoors Scotland has to offer. 
Edinburgh Scotland

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a compact, hilly medieval city which provides the gateway to the beautiful outdoors Scotland has to offer. 

You have probably heard the hype from your friends and colleagues “Scotland is so beautiful.” “Edinburgh is a magical town.” “You have to go the Edinburgh Castle!”

But what makes it so special, and should Wander Lawyers visit? 

We’ve found that for travelers to the United Kingdom, Edinburgh provides a nice change of pace from hectic, and expensive London. 

Unlike London, drinks and food are reasonably priced and travelers can find descent lodging options without breaking the bank. 

Also, like London, Edinburgh is a world-class city with access to all necessary amenities needed for digital nomads including: great wifi, descent co-working spaces, fun hostels, and delicious food. 

However, its worth noting that Edinburgh is a party town! Something about the scene brings out more drunken debauchery than any other location we have visited. 

Another downside we found about Edinburgh was how cramped, crowded, and busy the town became on the weekends. Tourists flood the ancient streets in the Old Town during the spring and summer months and can put a damper on the victorian and neoclassical vibe.  

If you can push through the limited space and don’t mind a crowd, then Edinburgh has plenty to offer in terms of attractions. Besides the Edinburgh Castle, there are tons of beautiful cathedrals and Harry Potter fans will recognize many names and landmarks considering Edinburgh inspired J.K. Rowling to create many aspects of the Harry Potter universe. 

Here is our WanderLawyer rating for Edinburgh, Scotland: 

Accessibility 3.5/5 stars. 

Delicious food 4/5 stars. 

Affordability 2.5/5 stars. 

Work remote locations & internet access 4/5 stars. 

Weather 1.5/5 stars (unless you go in the Summer!) 

Friendliness 2/5 stars

Nightlife 5/5 stars

Vibe 2.5/5 stars

Overall Score – 3/5 Stars 

Recommendations

The Edinburgh Castle should not be missed and is easily the best preserved medieval castle we have ever visited. Climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat, a beautiful hill providing scenic views of the city and the Scottish sound. And of course, for the Harry Potter aficionados, take a walk down Victoria Street & West Bow for a glance at the shopping district which inspired Diagon Alley 

Food

We recommend The Ox for dinner, which offers a buzzy, dog-friendly locale with a warm, intimate feel offers upscale pub plates and craft beer. Just a block away, the Smoke Stack offers an exposed stone and retro-styled space for steak, burgers and fish with pre-theatre and lunch deals.

Lodging

Check out the Yotel Edinburgh centrally located on the famous Queen Street, near a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a slightly higher price tag, visit The Scotsman Hotel for a more luxurious and  authentic experience. 

Nightlife/bars

There are no shortage of awesome bars in Edinburgh – and you cannot go wrong by walking down George Street and taking your pick of any of the fantastic establishments. Personally, we like Bramble Bar & Lounge for an underground speakeasy vibe. If you want to get away from the chaos, also check out The Hanging Bat for delicious local beers.  

Remote working locations

For coworking, check out the local WeWork, Schop Coworking, and the Melting Pot. All coworking locations in Edinburgh provide top notch amenities and vibes. 

Transportation

Buses are your friend in Edinburgh and are easy to navigate and get around the city. The rail system isn’t half bad with the main station located in the heart of the city and servicing the entire UK. Edinburgh international is also a descent airport for its size. 

VERDICT

Edinburgh gets a nod from us as a WanderLawyer approved location, but with a big caveat- if crowds, tourists, and the bar scene is not your cup of tea, then Edinburgh probably isnt for you. Also, visiting during the months of October and April may be depressing considering the weather. But, Edinburgh does have excellent coworking options and is not overly expensive. -WL 

Authors

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat is a digital nomad attorney and WanderLawyer co-founder. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.