Edinburgh, Edinborough or Edinboro – EdinBraw Guide

Are you planning a trip to Edinborough, Scotland’s capital and one of the most beautiful cities in the world? There are a few things you should know, first up, whilst many people spell it Edinborough (or Edinboro) our home is actually spelt Edinburgh.

You may also want to know how to pronounce your destination, perhaps you want to know where to eat or sleep? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Edinborough (Edinburgh Guide)

Each month we get a few visitors to EdinBraw seeking out advice on the correct pronunciation and/or spelling of the word ‘Edinburgh’. We thought we may as well provide some guidance to help those planning a trip to Edinburgh to know exactly how to pronounce their destination, once you’ve read this you’ll avoid adopting Edinborough, Edinboro or even the dreaded Edinburg.

Then, when that’s out of the way we can start helping direct you to some of the best places to eat, drink and sleep in the Scottish capital.

Recommended reading: Lonely Planet Pocket Guide to Edinburgh 

Is it Edinburgh, Edinborough or Edinboro?

Spelling of Edinburgh

The spelling of the word Edinburgh is simple enough, especially given that Google will try to correct you if you happen to get it wrong. There’s not much more to say about the spelling, especially given that I’ve already used it a few times in this article so far (and double-checked to make sure I got it right!)

One last time, the correct spelling is Edinburgh.

How do you Pronounce Edinburgh?

This is where things get a bit more interesting, especially once the Scottish accent is thrown into the mix.

Let’s start with the correct pronunciation:

Phonetically, Edinburgh is pronounced ed-in-bruh 

We’ll often hear tourists adopting slight variations of this, sometimes with an emphasis in the ‘gh’ – somewhat similar to how you would pronounce Pittsburgh. Others will be aware of the silent ‘gh’ but overcompensate to Edinboro – I expect this is down to people hearing the word pronounced by Scottish people who roll their Rs.

Don’t be surprised to hear some of the locals tweak the pronunciation even further, Embra or even EdinBraw may crop up (the latter mostly by us, but feel free to adopt it hashtag EdinBraw)

What Nicknames Does Edinburgh have?

Hopefully, that clears up the spelling and pronunciation of Edinburgh. Let’s move on to a bonus round, some of Edinburgh’s nicknames.

  • Athens of the North – Edinburgh shares similar topography as Athens and there are similarities in the city’s architecture (keep an eye out for Grecian columns around the city)
  • Auld Reekie (Old Smoky) – from the days that Edinburgh was shrouded in smoke from coal and wood fires.
  • Dunedin – deriving from the Scottish Gaelic, Dùn Èideann.

Are you Planning on Visiting Edinburgh?

I’m guessing you stumbled upon this page because you’re planning a visit to our wonderful city and wanted to nail the pronunciation of your destination. If this is the case, you’re in luck, we’ve pulled together a list of the 25 best things to do in Edinburgh (insider tip: bring an appetite!)

Custom Edinburgh Intinery

If you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh and don’t know where to start, feel free to get in touch, we’ll be happy to help come up with a custom itinerary for you to make the most of your trip.

  • Are you a foodie? We’ll point you in the direction of some of Edinburgh’s best restaurants
  • Looking for a little luxury? We’ll know just the hotel for you
  • Are you a history buff? We can send you on some of Edinburgh’s best tours
  • Perhaps you want to discover the joys of whisky? We know a few bars perfect to enjoy a few drams
  • Maybe you’re using Edinburgh as a base to explore Scotland, we can help with that too!
  • You name it, we’ll know it, we can help you discover the best of Edinburgh!

Contact Gary and give us some details about your upcoming trip, when are you visiting, what would you like to do?

Enjoy your time in Edinburgh

Thanks for stopping by, for the latest Edinburgh news and reviews, be sure to visit our blog.

On an unrelated note, to those of you who stumbled upon this page when searching how to spell the word ‘especially’ – I’m not sure how you landed here but welcome! We hope you found this page useful too.


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