Family walking on beach towards a castle.

Responsible tourism

We want everyone to enjoy their time in Edinburgh and there are a few simple steps all of us can take to ensure that our city remains beautiful and unique for now and generations to come.

Shop local

Edinburgh’s neighbourhoods all have their own electric range of shops and services. Shop local and support businesses to discover some exclusive finds. Explore Edinburgh’s neighbourhoods

Use public transport

Next time you’re coming to the city why not leave the car at home? The city is well served by regular train and bus services from across Scotland and England. Being a small city, it is extremely walkable, but for longer journeys both Edinburgh Buses and Edinburgh Trams run a reliable and frequent service across the city.

Stay, travel and dine with a green business

The Green Tourism Scheme awards businesses who excel in a range of sustainable benchmarks including energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and community involvement. Discover more about green hotels, restaurants, attractions and tour companies in Edinburgh

Go electric

Hire an electric vehicle where possible and take advantage of the many charge points that are now available across Edinburgh

Visit in the quieter months

Visiting off-season (September – May) is a great way to explore the city without having to compete with large crowds and queues. Learn more about Edinburgh throughout the year with our Season guides

Respect the natural environment

  • Use bins provided or take your rubbish away and dispose of responsibly.
  • When exploring the city’s countryside be considerate to farmland and livestock.
  • Keep your dog on a lead when needed and clean up after them.
  • Take only photos and leave only footprints.

Keep learning

For more ideas on how to have a more sustainable stay in the city, explore our guide, 10 Ways to Have an Eco-friendly Holiday in Edinburgh.