Although you can’t guarantee that the weather will be on your side, you can rely on Edinburgh to make you fall in love with it. Edinburgh was voted as the nation’s second favourite city in the UK with Scotland ranked in the top five places for the best beaches in the UK.
Things To Do in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Ghost Tours
Enjoy a journey through Edinburgh’s 400 years of chilling history… if you dare! The Ghost Bus Tour Edinburgh allows you to ‘explore the macabre history of Edinburgh and see the sights of grizzly murders and torture.’
You can also adventure underground for a guided walk around Real Mary King’s Close, the cities only preserved 17th Century street and get a creepy glimpse into Edinburgh’s dark past. Or explore the Blair Street Underground Vaults, allegedly one of Edinburgh’s most haunted sights, where you can listen to the real-life stories of the vault’s mischief makers.
Princes Street Gardens
Princes Street Gardens is one of Edinburgh’s most popular urban parks. Separating the Old Town from the New Town, it takes price of place in the heart of the city. The gardens are over 37 acres (150.000 m²) and are divided into two parts by The Mound, an artificial hill that connects Edinburgh’s New Town and Old Town and where the Scottish National Gallery is located. If the sun is shining, we’d recommend taking a picnic and enjoying the world-famous flower displays before getting back to exploring the city.
The Scott Monument
The Scott Monument is amongst the largest monuments to a writer anywhere in the world.On the death of Sir Walter Scott in 1832, the great and good of the city came together to agree on a fitting monument to this outstanding Scottish literary figure. At the base of the monument you’ll find a statue of Sir Walter Scott. Carved out of a single piece of marble and weighing 30 tonnes, the figure took architect Sir John Steell 6 years to complete.
This impressive piece of Gothic architecture has become loved by camera lenses all over the world – how will you capture it?
If you got a bit more time to explore Edinburgh, Elephant House is a well established gourmet tea and coffee house. Going strong since 1995, Elephant House is renowned as one of the best tea and coffee houses in Edinburgh and is well worth a pit stop to enjoy a hot beverage. J. K. Rowling wrote many of her early novels in the back room, so it’s a must visit for any Harry Potter fan to see where the magic started! But the literary history doesn’t stop there – Ian Rankin, author of the bestselling Rebus novels, and Alexander McCall-Smith, author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, have also frequented The Elephant House.
National Museum of Scotland
If you love to delve into history, there’s plenty for you to get your teeth into in Edinburgh.
The National Museum of Scotland will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland and around the world. Grab a ticket and spend the afternoon enjoying the wonders of nature, art, design, fashion, science and technology. Make sure your camera and brain are charged and raring to go!
Hot Spots for Photography
A city break in Edinburgh wouldn’t be complete without a trip to its most iconic landmark, Edinburgh Castle. One of the oldest fortified castles in Europe, Edinburgh castle was home to kings and queens for centuries. Following the ‘Union of the Crowns’ in 1603, the castle became a significant military base, housing approximately 600 soldiers.
Today, the castle is home to the Honours of Scotland, the oldest Crown Jewels in Britain. The priceless Crown (which was made for James V and worn to the coronation of Queen Mary of Guise in 1540), sceptre and sword are on public display at the castle and can be viewed year-round on the first floor of the Royal Palace.
Whether you want to dedicate an hour or a whole day to visiting the castle, you’ll have plenty to explore. From the magnificent Great Hall, to the fascinating Military Museum, you’ll be amazed by how much this splendid fortress has to offer.
Tip: Throughout August you can see the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. You can book advance tickets here.
Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano that sits 251m high in the heart of Edinburgh. Once you’ve made the journey to the top, you will be greeted by a breath-taking panorama of the entire city. But don’t panic, there are a numerous travel options to the top – and one includes taking a taxi to Dunsapie Loch, where you’ll only be left with 30 minutes of achievable climbing! It is also one of four hill forts dating from around 2000 years ago. With its diverse range of flora and geology it is also a site of Special Scientific Interest.
Edinburgh Grassmarket and Victoria Street
If you’re a self confessed foodie, Edinburgh Grassmarket and Victoria street, is where you need to be. The popular restaurant and bar area in the lower part of Edinburgh’s Old Town is located at the foot of Edinburgh Castle and adjacent to the Cowgate, so you can refuel after a busy day of exploring.
Grab a bite to eat, take some time out to people-watch then enjoy a relaxed stroll through the bustling cobbled streets filled with quirky and eclectic shops. This is where Edinburgh’s young well-heeled crowd come together, so if street photography is your thing, then you’ll have plenty of opportunities to flex those creative muscles.
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