France and Scotland have always had a historical affinity, even if it was just to annoy the English. If you fancy a France break from Edinburgh, you have several direct France flight options.
Easyjet (www.easyjet.com) flies direct to Lyon, Grenoble, Nice and Paris Charles De Gaulle from Edinburgh. That pretty much covers gastronomic breaks, ski holidays, Mediterranean beach escapes and romantic city breaks. With flights starting at around £60 for round trips including taxes, your Easyjet options are tempting.
The choices with Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) are Bordeaux, Marseille, Paris Beavais and Poitiers, again offering a variety of potential breaks. Enjoy a wine holiday in Bordeaux, a vivid city break in Marseille, or an exploration of France's rural west from Poitiers. You'll need the usual patience and skill to negotiate round Ryanair's array of add-ons, but it is usually possible to pick up some bargain round-trip fares under £75.
Jet2 (www.jet2.com) fills in a few gaps with Edinburgh flights to Chambery for skiers, La Rochelle for beach holidays, and Toulouse for some southern Pyrenees air. Book early for bargain prices on the easy-to-use website.
Flybe (www.flybe.com) offers direct flights from Edinburgh to Paris Charles De Gaulle and to Bergerac, the gateway to the Dotrdogne for all those fortunate second-home owners.
For an alternative to the budget airlines there is still an Air France flight from Paris Charles De Gaulle, and their prices can be competitive if you book well in advance online at www.airfrance.co.uk.