Travel and transport
Parking and traffic in Edinburgh during August is difficult and stressful. If you usually travel to the Book Festival by car and would like to try public transport or car sharing instead, have a look at the links below for further information.
General travel information
Traveline provides information on all public transport in Scotland
City of Edinburgh Council's advice and information on local and national road works, traffic and parking, and planning for public transport journeys.
Car share schemes
Liftshare is a national network which supports walking and cycling groups, car and taxi sharing and promotes better use of community and public transport.
Tripshare is a scheme which allows you to search for other members who are doing similar journeys at similar times; you can share car and taxi journeys, or even choose to cycle and walk together. The system can be used to access local journeys in Edinburgh, as well as throughout Scotland and the remainder of the UK.
Accommodation in Edinburgh
If you or your friends are looking for a place to stay during your visit to Edinburgh, you can now check which hotels and B&Bs are proactively reducing their environmental impact on the Green Tourism Business Scheme's website. The GTBS accredits a range of different types of accommodation providers on their efforts to reduce their environmental impact. Each business is assessed on energy efficiency, waste minimisation and recycling, use of local produce, and support of public transport.
Other useful links
A - Z guide of practical ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in Edinburgh (check your local council's website for information about recycling points in your area)
Free impartial advice on how to save energy in your home
Work out your carbon footprint with this handy calculator!
Ever wondered how to go recycle your electronic waste? Here's all you need to know.
Acclaimed specialist on climate change, Mark Lynas's website is devoted to discussion of this subject and the related issues.
Jeremy Leggett believes that solar power is the answer to our current global energy crisis. His website includes the latest from his Guardian blog and information about the company he founded, Solarcentury.