Edinburgh Travel Guide

The historical city of Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the perfect place to discover the unique Scottish history and culture. The city boasts impressive architecture that is just waiting to be discovered, while wandering along the narrow winding lanes of the old section of the city is an uplifting experience. Edinburgh also boasts some of the best restaurants and shopping opportunities in the whole of Scotland, while the people of Edinburgh love to party, which means that the nightlife scene here is richly varied and ideal for people from all walks of life.

Things to see and do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland

Flowers surrounding the ornate Ross Fountain in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, with Edinburgh Castle in the background.

Visitors can climb to the top of the royal fortress of Edinburgh Castle to take in stunning panoramic views of the city. Visitors can take an audio tour of the castle to learn more about the origins of the impressive artefacts and enormous rooms that can be found there.

The large and lovely green space that comprises the Royal Botanic Garden is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic on a sunny day. Entry is free and there is an impressive and very eclectic collection of plants to admire, while the attraction also comes complete with special glasshouses containing a collection of tropical plants.

Princess Street Gardens – Edinburgh, Scotland

Princess Street Gardens on a beautiful summer’s day.

People who complete the short climb to the top of Caton Hill will be rewarded for their efforts with views right the way across the city of Edinburgh to the Firth of Forth and on to the lush surrounding countryside. This is also the site of a collection of iconic monuments including the Nelson Monument, the National Monument and the Stewart Dugald Monument.

Edinburgh has a long and rich theatrical tradition and watching a show at the theatre is an experience that culture vultures will not want to miss. There are several historical theatres to choose from in Edinburgh and fans of the opera and cabaret should check out the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, while contemporary plays and other types of performances are regularly hosted at the Traverse Theatre.

Edinburgh Christmas Markets – Edinburgh, Scotland

People visiting the Christmas markets in Edinburgh’s city centre, with attractions along Princes Street visible in the distance.

Arthur’s Seat is an impressive natural landmark found in an extinct volcano and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the whole of Edinburgh. It can be found just behind the famous Holyrood Palace and the views from Arthur’s Seat are some of the most enchanting in the whole of Edinburgh.

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Hogmanay, which is the traditional Scottish New Year celebration that takes place at the end of December, is a magical time to visit Edinburgh. A huge party is held to celebrate Hogmanay and a large number of other events and special events are also held to celebrate the winter season.