Edinburgh is a place overflowing with history and culture. You will not be tasked with finding things to do while in the city, with numerous activities and landmarks pre-occupying you whether it’s a short trip or a longer stay in Scotland’s capital.
1. Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is the one of the most iconic landmarks in the United Kingdom, as it towers over the centre of Edinburgh. Built into the Castle Rock, the castle is home for Scotland’s crown jewels and lies on a now dormant volcanic cliff face in the heart of the city. Surrounded by the Royal Mile, an age old passage used by street performers during August’s Edinburgh Festival and sits right on the toes of Scottish Parliament. Tours of the castle are easy to organise and are a great day out. Make sure to visit the castle shop to pick up some memorabilia before you leave!
2. Fringe Festival
Known as the festival that often uncovers the next big thing in arts and comedy, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs every year from 3 weeks in August. This year marked the 70th anniversary of the festival; its longevity and prestige is undisputed throughout the performance arts industry. The festival is now the single biggest celebration of arts and culture in the world.
3. Royal Mile
Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile refers to the collection of historic, iconic streets at the heart of the Old Town. Start at Holyrood Palace and make your journey from the Scottish Parliament building through to Canongate Kirk and St Giles’ Cathedral. Content yourself with taking some snaps in the large courtyard out front or stump up the £17 to go inside and explore the Great Hall and admire the Stone of Destiny and Scottish crown jewels in all their glory.
4. Scottish National Gallery
Situated in the heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery makes our list of top 5 things to do when in the city as a result of the famous art on showcase, all available to view and indulge in free of charge. Regarded as one of the best collections in the world of art, the Scottish National Gallery displays masterpieces from famous artists such as Raphael, Velázquez and Vermeer to Monet, Cézanne and Vincent Van Gogh. The gallery is made up of two separate buildings linked by an underground passageway which is always an interesting stroll in between viewing art.
5. Scotch Whisky Experience
Scotland is famous for many things, but above all its production of the timeless taste of scotch whisky. To learn more about the origins of whisky and how it’s made, plus do a tasting while seeing one of the world’s biggest whisky collections, visit the Scotch Whisky Experience (scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk). This enjoyable interactive attraction costs from £15, which includes a crystal tasting glass. They’ve been inspiring visitors to Edinburgh about the joys of Scotch whisky for over 25 years. Enjoy whisky tastings followed by a trip to whisky school to learn the production, history and serving of Scotch whisky.