Visiting Edinburgh - What to See and Do
As the historic and picturesque capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is blessed with a rich culture and heritage and beautiful natural surroundings. The city is home to some wonderful architecture, acclaimed museums and galleries, a lively cultural scene and many fine restaurants and bars.
It's most distinguishing feature is perhaps geographical, as it sits among some long dormant volcanic terrain, which sets the scene for the dramatic cliff side location of the Edinburgh castle and other distinctive natural features such Arthur's Seat behind Hollyrood Palace.
Ten things you must do in Edinburgh
- Put your best foot forward for a walking tour of Edinburgh, taking in its Georgian streets, wonderful architecture and many historical sights.
- Visit historic Edinburgh Castle, one of the most famous landmarks in the city and the whole of Scotland. Don't forget to take your camera!.
- Watch a performance at the world-famous Edinburgh Festival, a series of artistic and cultural events held from mid-August to early September.
- Enjoy a guided tour followed by a wee dram at the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre. Visitors can learn all about how the famous drink is made.
- Learn about astronomy and enjoy stunning views of the city at the Edinburgh Royal Observatory Visitor Centre.
- Show up for the annual New Years party on Princes street, but make sure you get a ticket to the restricted areas and book early, the city really fills up!.
- Enjoy the spectacular views from Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano and one of Edinburgh's most popular tourist attractions.
- Step back in time with a visit to one of Edinburgh's excellent museums such as the Museum of Scotland, Writers' Museum and the Museum of Childhood.
- Find out about the history of tartan at the Tartan Weaving Mill in the Royal Mile, where there is also opportunity to buy a kilt.
- Have dinner at one of Edinburgh's many fine restaurants, followed by a few drinks in a cosy, traditional pub or a hip and trendy bar.