24 September 2019 | While best efforts have been made to verify the accuracy of the information, it should be used as guidance only. If you have updated information please contact policy@etoa.org.

Tax

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

None currently but there are proposals to implement by 2020 as part of the Scottish national LEZs programme. Consultation closed in summer 2019 and the findings are scheduled to be reported to the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee in October 2019. Further information here.

Proposals to be implemented by 2020City CentreCity Wide
Coach emission standardEuro 6Euro 6
Time of OperationContinuous – 24 hours, 365 days (charging period midnight to midnight)Continuous – 24 hours, 365 days (charging period midnight to midnight)
Enforcement fromEnd of 2021End of 2023
Destinations Edinburgh Transport

Edinburgh City Council
Traffic Scotland
The AA

‘Open Streets movement

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
  • Lawnmarket
  • New Street
  • Niddry Street
  • Old Tolbooth Wynd
  • St Giles’ Street
  • Victoria Street
  • West Bow
Destinations Edinburgh Transport-2
Destinations Edinburgh Transport-3

Attractions

These attractions are selected due to high demand and/or operational issues. If you think we should include others, please contact policy@etoa.org.

Attractions located in London can be found here.

If you are a member attraction of ETOA and would like your attraction featured on this page, please contact policy@etoa.org.

Information about opening hours and tickets can be found here.

Destinations Edinburgh Attractions

Guiding regulation

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.

Please click on the right hand banner to read more about guiding regulations in Europe and the ETOA tour guide ID card. 

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.

DATEHOLIDAY
1 JanuaryNew Year’s Day
2 January2nd January
VariableGood Friday
Monday after first weekend in MayEarly May bank holiday
Last Monday in MaySpring bank holiday
Monday after first weekend in AugustSummer bank holiday
30 NovemberSt Andrew’s day
25 DecemberChristmas Day
26 DecemberBoxing Day
Destinations United Kingdom Holidays

Events and seasonality

Visit Scotland has developed a calendar listing all events in Edinburgh.

DATEEVENT
Every year in AugustFringe Festival
6-28/08/2021The Edinburgh Military Tattoo
New Year’s EveHogmanay
Destinations Edinburgh Events

ETOA activity

ETOA’s Senior Manager Róisín Donnelly is focusing on developing the local membership base in Scotland.

If you are experiencing operational issues in Edinburgh or have any comments regarding the content of this page, please contact policy@etoa.org.

ETOA Staff

Róisín Donnelly
Senior Manager, Suppliers & Partnerships 
rdonnelly@etoa.org
+44 7881 370633

Resources

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.

In Phase 3, the draft tourism strategy was published for consultation ahead of the final tourism strategy to be published from February 2020. Our response to the consultation can be found here.

Destinations Edinburgh Resources

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