It’s my local city and I’m biased, but Edinburgh really is worth a visit or two. The unique mix of history, culture and hills means Edinburgh has something for everyone. Read on for my top 8 picks…
There’s no escaping the hills in Edinburgh. Arthur’s Seat is a dormant volcano that dominates the city. Hike to the top (251 m) for amazing views. The rocks at the top can be slippy after rain, (but I have managed to climb it several times in sandals).
Edinburgh Festival Fringe is billed as “the world’s largest art’s festival”. It takes place in August and theatre companies, stand up comics, performance artists, take over every spare venue in the city. It’s a huge amount of fun and it’s a festival like no other… a nurturing ground for the world’s future talent.
Perched on Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle imposes it’s presence on the city. Mary Queen of Scots famously gave birth to her son James at the castle. If you visit in August, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is good family fun.
Walk The Royal Mile
Leave the castle and stroll down the Royal Mile. This was the medieval city’s main highway. It’s busy and full of tourists but there’s always something to see. At the end of the Royal Mile is Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland where she hosts a garden party every summer. It’s open to the public most of the year.
National Museum Of Scotland
This free museum is a maze of exhibits from all over the world. The science and technology sections are possible the biggest attraction, but the museum covers Scottish history, world culture, art and design and even has a giant T.rex.
Eat Some Haggis
The locals will be keen to tell you a haggis is a little creature that scampers around the Scottish mountains. In reality it’s a spicy mix of offal mixed with suet and oatmeal, then stuffed in a sheep’s stomach before boiling for several hours. It’s traditional served with neeps (swede) and tatties (potatoes), both mashed.
Climb Scott Monument
A tribute to the outstanding Scottish literary figure, Sir Walter Scott, this monument is located next to Princes Street Gardens. For a small fee, you can climb the narrow twisting staircase to the top.
Visit Edinburgh Dungeon
Located close to the main train station, Waverley, the Edinburgh Dungeon will give you a run-through of the city’s more gruesome history. The live actor-led shows aim to make you jump, (and usually succeed), with tales of plague, murder and cannibals. A star attraction for families with older children.
This is just a snapshot of my local city, in my view it’s one of the best cities on the planet. I hope you agree…