Reasons to visit

Reasons to visit Edinburgh!

Reasons to visit Edinburgh!

There are dozens of reasons to love Edinburgh – here are a few of our favourites.

Arthur’s Seat

Arthur's Seat

Holyrood Park’s highest point is Arthur’s Seat, a dormant volcano, and sits 251m above sea level giving excellent view of the city; it is also the site of a large and well preserved fort. This is one of four 2000 year-old hill forts.

Castle Terrace Restaurant

Castle Terrace Restaurant

Castle Terrace Restaurant is all about representing the finest produce in Scotland. Chef Dominic Jack’s many years of training in some of France’s top kitchens is truly reflected in his innovative and modern menu.

Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle was a handsome and comfortable noble seat. It was close to the political cauldron of Edinburgh, but separate from it. It was a favoured royal retreat, famously used as a safe haven by Mary Queen of Scots.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

A trip to Scotland’s capital isn’t complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Part of The Old and New Town and standing majestically on top of a 340 million year-old extinct volcanic rock, the castle is a powerful national symbol.

Edinburgh Dungeon

Edinburgh Dungeon

The Edinburgh Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. Performers from big names in entertainment to unknown artists take part, looking to build their careers.

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo

Apart from getting close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out at Edinburgh Zoo. You can experience a busy programme of educational events and activities.

Kinloch Anderson

Kinloch Anderson

Kinloch Anderson are experts in tartan and Highland Dress and renowned for kiltmaking since 1868. Find a distinctive choice of luxury Scottish clothing and accessories in the superb range of cashmeres, silks and pure wool fabrics.

Monteiths

Monteiths

Monteiths is a boutique cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The bar team pride themselves upon creating innovative and interesting cocktails using the best products available.

Mr Wood’s Fossils

Mr Wood's Fossils

Fossil hunter Stan Wood opened this shop, Mr Wood’s Fossils, in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket in 1987. It has since established an international reputation for quality fossils and minerals from around the world.

Museum of Childhood

Museum of Childhood

The Museum of Childhood is a fun day out for the whole family. Young people can learn about the children of the past and see a fantastic range of toys and games, while adults enjoy a trip down memory lane.

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

Follow the story of Scotland from prehistory to the present day, marvel at a spectacular array of over 800 objects and meet the Scots whose ideas, innovations and leadership took them across the world in the Discoveries gallery.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyrood

The Queen is in residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse during Holyrood week, which usually takes place from the end of June to the beginning of July. Today, the Palace is the setting for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens

Founded in the 17th century as a physic garden, The Royal Botanic Gardens extend over four Gardens boasting a rich living collection of plants, and is a world-renowned centre for plant science and education.

Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Take a swirling, bubbling barrel ride through a replica distillery as you become part of the whisky making process. Hear the stories behind this magical craft, with expert tour guides and whisky advisors with you every sip of the way.

Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery is in the heart of Edinburgh and houses one of the best collections of fine art in the world. See 4 exhibitions, 16 displays, and exceptional must-sees. There are also 64 events to attend.

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Edinburgh Royal Yacht Britannia

A great day out for the whole family, all 5 decks of The Royal Yacht Britannia are fully accessible, and complimentary audio guides are available in 27 languages (children have their own version). Open all year round.

The Stand Comedy Club

The Stand Comedy Club

The Stand Comedy Club has an international reputation as one of the best places for comedy in the world. It’s where the likes of Frankie Boyle and Kevin Bridges got started. Enjoy great food and great beer as you laugh the night away.

The Witchery

The Witchery

The Witchery by the Castle has developed a world-wide reputation for its exceptional dining experience, showcasing the very best of Scotland’s produce in the most magical of settings. It’s a Scottish dining landmark.