As society slowly emerges like a newly metamorphosed butterfly from its lockdown chrysalis, there’s a feeling of (understandably) cautious optimism that the worst is past, and we can potentially salvage a little of what’s left of the summer.
Edinburgh has always been a popular tourist destination, and rightfully so given how steeped in history the city is and how beautiful of an aesthetic it possesses, but it’s only natural that people may have reservations (pun intended) regarding travelling anywhere, either domestic or abroad. While one should always be keeping one eye on governmental advice and the ever-evolving situation in which we currently find ourselves, we are proud to announce that the city of Edinburgh is most definitely open for business!
Obviously the Edinburgh Festival being cancelled makes for a very different August than one would usually expect from our fair city, but Edinburgh still has a great many things to offer at all times of year and many of Edinburgh’s top attractions have adapted to the new normal in order to open up while keeping visitors safe. The most popular attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Zoo, Camera Obscura and The Palace of Holyrood House all have new procedures in place such as social distancing, reduced capacities, hand sanitation points, screens between staff and customers, increased cleaning and one way systems. You can rest assured that every step that can be taken most definitely is.
In line with government advice – pubs and restaurants have been allowed to open. These, too, have adapted to the new normal with barriers between tables, reduced capacity and social distancing. Hand sanitizers are always available and waiting staff wear masks to reduce the risk of transmission, but if the thought of eating out still makes you anxious then many of Edinburgh’s top restaurants now offer a delivery service, with some of the higher end restaurants delivering ingredients you can use to create for yourself the Michelin Star treatment in the comfort of your apartment.
Edinburgh is also not short of open, green spaces you can enjoy at a social distance. The view of the city from the top of Arthur’s seat (bring a jacket! It gets windy up there) must be seen to be believed, and a picnic in The Meadows followed by a stroll through the Old Town is the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. While we can’t promise you will actually get a sunny afternoon, we can promise it’s certainly worth it if you do. If those options aren’t wet enough for you, Edinburgh Marina Tours is operating with all of the safety procedures such as reduced capacity and increased cleaning.
And don’t forget that our apartments are the perfect way to have a socially distanced getaway. Our increased Covid-19 cleaning procedures are detailed on our website, and our lack of any reception desk means contact with our staff is practically zero. You can be certain that we take your safety as seriously as we do your comfort.