Edinburgh Destination Guide

Edinburgh is a great city to visit, there is a lot to do there, and a lot worth seeing also in this beautiful place. For starters there is Edinburgh Castle which is Scotland’s number one visitor attraction. Sited at the top of the Royal Mile, and sat on its own extinct volcano, this fortress is instantly recognisable and an amazing place to visit. You can take a tour of the castle, visit the museums here, and look out over the city from one of the best vantage points there is. Everyone who comes here will enjoy taking pictures of the city whether it is at day or at night. From here, you can walk down the royal mile and enjoy the many attractions it offers, including many shops and places to eat as well as a number of museums such as the museum of childhood, and the police museum, and the Fringe society organisers of the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Many other festivals and events are held in Edinburgh including the spring International Science Festival and the film festival.

Churchyards or Kirkyards (the Scottish term) are prevalent in Edinburgh and one of the most famous is Greyfriars which is well known for it’s statue of Bobby the terrier who sat by his masters grave for years until his own death.

Hidden beneath the Royal Mile, is Mary Kings Close. This tour is a series of partially preserved streets and tenemants, and is one of Edinburgh’s most interesting tours as it was originally narrow streets with houses on either side stretching up to seven storeys high. In 1753, the Royal Exchange (now the City Chambers) was developed here, and the top of the closes were knocked down and parts of the lower sections were used as the foundations of the Royal Exchange. These have now been opened up as a tourist attraction, and visiting them really gives an insight into what Edinburgh must have been like 250 years ago.

Moving out into other areas of Edinburgh, you will find many other things to interest you. There is the Royal Botanic Garden where the hothouses are a major attraction especially in the winter months, and in the spring a walk on the Chinese Hillside to the T’ing pavilion makes a pleasant saunter. You could take a trip to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and wander around its grounds which are dotted with sculptures by Henry More and Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.

To the north of Edinburgh lies the ancient port of Leith. Now virtually a part of the city, it’s and easy matter to grab a picnic, take a bus, and go eat lunch on the Banks of the River Leith overlooking the Royal Yacht Britannia.