There is no tourist tax applicable. Edinburgh City Council have approved a proposal to implement a Transient Visitor Levy, a form of tourist tax, of £2 per person per night, but the Scottish Government must first pass legislation to allow local authorities the power to do so.
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Access and Mobility
The following streets around Old Town are banned for traffic every first Sunday of the month from 12:00-17:00 for an 18 month trial from May 2019:
- Blackfriars Street (between High Street and New Skinner’s Close)
- Canongate (between St Mary/Jeffrey Street and the west side of Reid’s Close)
- Cockburn Street
- Cranston Street
- Grassmarket (pedestrian zone between West Bow and King’s Stables Road)
- High Street
- New Street
- Niddry Street
- Old Tolbooth Wynd
- St Giles’ Street
- Victoria Street
- West Bow
These attractions are selected due to high demand and/or operational issues. If you think we should include others, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attractions located in London can be found here.
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Guiding in the United Kingdom is not a regulated profession, so no prior declaration of certificate is needed when providing services here.
You can read more about EU guiding regulations here.
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Public holidays and opening hours
There are nine public holidays (bank holidays) Scotland. An up to date list can be found here and below.
If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.
Public offices are closed weekends and bank holidays. Shops in larger cities are often open from 10:00 until 20:00/21:00, with limited opening hours on Sundays. Some grocery shops are open 07:00-23:00.
|1 January||New Year’s Day|
|2 January||2nd January|
|Monday after first weekend in May||Early May bank holiday|
|Last Monday in May||Spring bank holiday|
|Monday after first weekend in August||Summer bank holiday|
|30 November||St Andrew’s day|
|25 December||Christmas Day|
|26 December||Boxing Day|
ETOA’s Senior Manager Róisín Donnelly is focusing on developing the local membership base in Scotland.
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The Edinburgh Tourism Strategy Implementation Group (SIG) are developing the Edinburgh Tourism 2030 Strategy via an 18 month, 3 phase development programme running from October 2018 to January 2020. More information here.