Edinburgh - Do & See
Edinburgh is a compact city, easily explored on foot. The city with its seven hills is of course characterised by Edinburgh Castle which is Scotland’s most popular tourist attraction. The world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place at the entrance to the Castle Esplanade for three weeks in August during the summer festivals every year, while colourful fireworks displays are set off from the ramparts at Hogmanay.
Towering majestically over the city, the iconic castle will fascinate you with its mix of Royal palace, historic fortress and war museum. See the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and medieval siege gun Mons Meg before admiring the view across Edinburgh.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
The principle of the camera obscura have been known for over 900 years, but still fascinates young and old. Over five floors of attractions you can shrink your self or step into the dark room and spy on people in the street outside!
The Scotch Whisky Experience
Uncover the secrets of Scotland’s national drink at the Scotch Whisky Experience. Take a unique tour through a replica distillery in their Whisky Barrel Ride before learning more about the whisky regions of Scotland and enjoying a dram as you marvel at the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky.
Edinburgh tours - literature, history, ghosts and ghouls
Under the guidance of a pale guide in black robe, you will get to know all about the plague, war, insurrection and other mischief through the centuries. It may sound depressing but the popularity of the walks testify to the contrary.
For a mysterious journey through myth and legend, visit Rosslyn Chapel, featured prominently in Dan Brown’s international bestseller The Da Vinci Code. Hear the intriguing tales behind Rosslyn’s beautiful and ornate carvings before taking a peaceful walk in Roslin Glen.
National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of Scotland is a real family adventure. In their galleries you can watch ancient Egyptian mummies, the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and specimens collected by Charles Darwin. See their website to know what kind of exhibition is ongoing.
Explore the lives of over 1,000 exciting animals from all over the world. Watch giant pandas, penguins and other brilliant birds or take part in some of all interactive events Edinburgh Zoo offers. Don't miss Edinburgh Zoo gardens inside the park with all its beautiful flowers and plants.
The Scottish Parliament
In the Holyrood area at the bottom of Royal Mile The Scottish Parliament lies. The building has won awards for its striking design. Here you can learn about Scotland's political history, watch live debates and well as wonder at it's unique architecture. If you want to watch the members of the Scottish Parliament in action booking in advance is recommended.
Escape the city and watch the beautiful scottish scenery from a bike. You can go directly from Edinburgh city centre and there are paths for all levels of fitness, coloured coded to be easy to follow. One of the best areas for off-road cycling is the Pentland Hills Regional Park just outside of Edinburgh.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
At the very first beginning in 1128 the place where Palace of Holyroodhouse lies was an Augustinian abbey. Today you see a grand Baroque palace at this spot. The building is very important to the history of Scotland and during Holyrood week in the summer The Queen her self stays here.
Scottish Seabird Centre
Walking through different discovery centre zones with mini presentations and experienced staff you will get a real wildlife adventure. There are also seasonal boat trips and for the kids there are three aquaria and a kids zone.
Royal Botanic Garden
There are many beautiful parks and gardens in Edinburgh but the one you have to visit before leaving the city is the Royal Botanic Garden. With 70 acres of beautiful gardens they represent one of the world’s largest living collections of plants.
The Edinburgh Dungeon
Enter the Edinburgh Dungeon and experience 500 years of cruel history. Prepare yourself to meet murderers, cannibals and ghosts and for the brave ones there are two scary rides.
Join one of the backstage tours or watch one of the shows playing. The Festival Theatre built with a front of glass in 1994 hosts a theatre with 1,900 seats. The stage is the largest in Scotland and it is one of the leading dance houses in the world.
Royal Yacht Britannia
Explore a fantastic floating museum and follow in the footsteps of royalty at the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh’s historic port of Leith. With your own audio tour you can gain a glimpse into the life of the British Royal Family before enjoying tea in the Royal Deck Tea Room.