No booking fees. Ever.

No booking fees. Ever.

Book your cruise with BoostVacations, and you'll never have to pay a booking fee.
Discount Prices

Discount Prices

Great prices, last minute discounts

Edinburgh, Scotland Overview

Edinburgh is situated in Scotland’s Central Belt and lies on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. The city centre is 2 1⁄2 miles (4.0 km) south west of the shoreline of Leith and 26 miles (42 km) inland, as the crow flies, from the east coast of Scotland and the North Sea at Dunbar.While the early burgh grew up in close proximity to the prominent Castle Rock, the modern city is often said to be built on seven hills, namely Calton Hill, Corstorphine Hill, Craiglockhart Hill, Braid Hill, Blackford Hill, Arthur’s Seat and the Castle Rock,giving rise to allusions to the seven hills of Rome.

Occupying, in geological terms, a narrow gap between the Firth of Forth to the north and the Pentland Hills and their outrunners to the south, the city sprawls over a landscape which is the product of early volcanic activity and later periods of intensive glaciation.Igneous activity between 350 and 400 million years ago, coupled with faulting, led to the creation of tough basalt volcanic plugs, which predominate over much of the area.One such example is the Castle Rock which forced the advancing icesheet to divide, sheltering the softer rock and forming a 1-mile-long (1.6 km) tail of material to the east, thus creating a distinctive crag and tail formation.Glacial erosion on the north side of the crag gouged a deep valley later filled by the now drained Nor Loch. These features, along with another hollow on the south side of the rock, formed an ideal natural strongpoint upon which Edinburgh Castle was built.Similarly, Arthur’s Seat is the remains of a volcano dating from the Carboniferous period, which was eroded by a glacier moving west to east during the ice age.

Edinburgh, Scotland Ports of Call Cruise Discounts from BoostVacations.com

Detailed Map of Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland Detailed Map Ports of Call Cruise Discounts from BoostVacations.com

Weather

Like most of Scotland, Edinburgh has a temperate, maritime climate which is relatively mild despite its northerly latitude.

Edinburgh-Scotland-weather-Map-Port-of-Call-Cruise-Discounts-from-BoostVacations