Days out

Let's go there!

Let's go there!

Whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather, there's always plenty to do in the city of Edinburgh.

Abbotsford

Abbotsford

Abbotsford is the extraordinary home of Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist and ‘Great Scott’ who popularised tartan and rediscovered Scotland’s Crown Jewels. It is one of the most famous houses in the world.

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.

Benbecula Massage

Benbecula Massage

Benbecula Massage is available for regular weekly or monthly appointments at times to suit your needs. Find time for yourself and enjoy the pleasure of a relaxing massage, it’s a great way to unwind and let the tension melt away!

Blair Drummond Safari Park

Blair Drummond Safari Park

Experience one of the best value for money days out Scotland has to offer. From the wildlife animal reserves to the adventure playground and many more attractions, there is plenty of fun and excitement for all the family.

BT Murrayfield Stadium Tours

BT Murrayfield Stadium Tours

Go behind the scenes at the home of Scottish rugby with BT Murrayfield Stadium Tours. Take a tour of BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh with the knowledgeable and professional Scottish rugby tour guides.

Burns An’ A’ That Festival

Burns An' A' That Festival

The Burns An’ A’ That Festival consists of several events across Ayr, Alloway, Tarbolton and Kirkoswald, including Alloway 1759, Burns Fest and Burns Fringe. All events are family-friendly and can also be educational.

Butterfly & Insect World

Butterfly World

Enter the tropical rainforest paradise and experience a butterfly talk, fish and quail feeding, animal handling and an animal feeding demo. Join the experts and get the chance to handle tarantulas, snakes and millipedes.

City Art Centre

City Art Centre

The City Art Centre, in the centre, has a busy programme of exhibitions which change regularly to suit the interests of visitors. People see favourites from the city’s nationally recognised collection of Scottish art.

City of the Dead Tours

City of the Dead Tours

Guides are a mixture of historians and professional entertainers, picked for their ability to improvise, entertain and make each tour unique and individual. This is history brought to life through storytelling.

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.

Crichton Castle

Crichton Castle stands tucked away out of sight, on a terrace overlooking the River Tyne in Midlothian. It was a noble residence for some 200 years, from the late 14th century through to the close of the 16th century.

Deep Sea World

Deep Sea World

Over 40 displays, including the 4.5-million-litre Underwater Safari with its walkthrough tunnel, are home to hundreds of fascinating creatures, ranging from seals and seahorses to stingrays and giant sand tiger sharks.

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth

A visit to Dynamic Earth is like nothing else on Earth. It’s a chance to experience the primeval forces of nature as they shaped the planet to journey through space and time and even go on a 4DENTURE around the world.

Edinburgh Boat Charters

Edinburgh Boat Charters

Edinburgh Boat Charters offer a unique range of experiences, whether corporate or private and their most popular offerings, a high specification sailing yacht and luxury catamaran, are unique to the east of Scotland.

Edinburgh Bus Tours

Edinburgh Bus Tours

To see Scotland’s Capital City from a different view, take an open top bus tour with Edinburgh Bus Tours. The five-star rated, hop on hop off tours, showcase the best sights and sounds of Edinburgh for you to enjoy.

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 Tour Guides

Edinburgh Tour Guides

These local guides can give you an introduction to the city and help you plan your time in Edinburgh. No matter what your reason for visiting to Edinburgh, Edinburgh Tour Guides can tailor a tour to suit you!

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.

Edinburgh’s West End

Edinburgh's West End

Just a few minutes’ walk from Princes Street you’ll find the cobbled Georgian streets of Edinburgh’s West End. With charming architecture, colourful shop fronts and a laid-back vibe, this area truly is a hidden gem.

Escape

Live Escape Game

In order to beat this game you and your team must solve many puzzles, riddles, brain teasers and identify clues. Using your powers of observation and problem solving you and your team will have to work together to escape.

Five Sisters Zoo

Five Sisters Zoo

Five Sisters Zoo a family run zoo with over 170 different species of mammals, birds and reptiles from all around the world. There’s lots to see and do and if you want to really get up close. Take part in daily handling sessions.

Forth Tours

Forth Tours

Take a relaxing boat trip on the Forth Belle and enjoy unrivalled views of the Firth of Forth and its famous bridges, with Forth Tours. Take in the magnificent views of the Forth Road Bridge and the world-famous Forth Railway Bridge.

Fountain Park

Fountain Park

Fountain Park is just west of Edinburgh, and features a Cineworld cinema, fabulous Virgin Active gym, Genting Casino, Tenpin bowling alley, Gambado kids soft play and an excellent range of restaurants, bars and pubs.

Fruitmarket Gallery

Fruitmarket Gallery

The Fruitmarket Gallery brings to Scotland some of the world’s most important contemporary artists. The Gallery recognises that art can change lives and it offers an intimate encounter with art for free.

Galloway Forest Park

Galloway Forest Park

Explore the rolling Galloway glens and hills to discover picturesque forest trails, three friendly visitor centres, wonderful wildlife and a long and colourful history at Galloway Forest Park. Experience star-strewn night skies at night.

Gladstone’s Land

Gladstone's Land

Inside these walls you’ll discover the indignities of living in cramped conditions, the embarrassing consequences of sitting too close to the fire and the gruesome punishment for cheating your customers.

Glenkinchie Distillery

Glenkinchie Distillery

Glenkinchie Distillery is a perfect first stop for those arriving over the border and equally, a last stop for those heading south out of Edinburgh. Go in for a tour, or a dram of the Edinburgh Malt, and you won’t be disappointed!

Goldsmiths

Goldsmiths

Goldsmiths is the largest quality jeweller in the UK. It offers the high street’s finest selection of premier and designer watch brands. It also stocks fine gold and diamond jewellery and offers a first class repair service.

Gorgie City Farm

Gorgie City Farm

Gorgie City Farm has been a much-loved part of the local community in Edinburgh for the past 30 years. It’s dedicated to inspiring local people and tourists offers courses in agriculture, gardening and handicrafts for everyone.

Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Kirk is a worshipping congregation of the Church of Scotland in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town where a church has stood since 1620. It’s a welcoming, inclusive community which responds to local needs.

Heart of Midlothian FC

Heart of Midlothian FC

Hearts are the oldest football club in the Scottish capital and Tynecastle Park offers a fantastic matchday experience for all guests. The home ground is also home to the Hearts Museum, telling the history of the team.

Highland Explorer Tours

Highland Explorer Tours

THighland Explorer Tours are dedicated to delivering the very best experiences every day. The tours are designed to make the most of your time in this stunning country and to give you an authentic experience of Scotland.

Highland Tours

Highland Tours

Steeped in history and legend, the Highlands of Scotland are one of the last unspoilt regions of Europe, so let Highland Tours take you on an adventure. Local guides know the lochs and glens like few others.

Inchcolm Abbey

Inchcolm Abbey

Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1235. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. The island is also famed for its seals, wildlife and old coastal defences.

John Muir Birthplace Trust

John Muir Birthplace Trust

This fully accessible, family friendly, hands on interpretation centre will take you on the journey of John Muir’s life from his boyhood in Dunbar to his work as a pioneering conservationist, explorer, writer, geologist and inventor.

Kelpies

Kelpies

Join the fantastic 30-minute Kelpies guided walking tour and see the world’s largest equine sculptures up close. Go inside to marvel at the complexity an the engineering which created these fantastic pieces of art.

Lennoxlove House

Lennoxlove House

Lennoxlove House was once a Roman stronghold and by 1250 a baronial caput. A history of Scotland and its protagonists is engagingly told through the celebrated art collection that adorns the rooms.

Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace

Built and developed over two centuries by successive Stewart kings of Scotland, Linlithgow Palace was a comfortable and attractive retreat from affairs of state, conveniently placed between Stirling and Edinburgh.

Lothian Motorcoaches

Lothian Motorcoaches

Explore further with Lothian Motorcoaches – You can explore Scotland with a choice of six bespoke tours, carefully developed to give you a full authentic experience of Scotland’s unique landscape and key landmarks.

Mary’s Meanders

Mary's Meanders

Mary’s Meanders is an independent tour guide company specialising in escorted day tours. If you are passionate about history, castles, scenery and amazing stories, tour with Mary’s, you’ll arrive a visitor and leave a friend.

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.

Museum on the Mound

Museum on the Mound

The fascinating Museum on the Mound takes a fresh look at money – and much, much more. Art and design, technology, crime, trade and security all feature in the story of money. Admission is free and it is open all year round.

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.

National War Museum

National War Museum

National War Museum depicts the story of Scotland at war. Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle the National War Museum tells the story of battles lost and won, through military artefacts and personal treasures.

Omni

Omni

Omni has an amazing choice of restaurants to suit every taste, it is the perfect venue, day and night. And with a great cinema showing the latest films it is ideal place for catching up with friends and family.

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.

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Enjoy iconic views of sparkling lochs, wooded hills and rugged mountains, or take to the trails on foot, by bike or on horseback and discover the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park’s magical atmosphere and wonderful wildlife.

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel has been a popular destination for visitors for generations. By the late 18th-century, it was starting to appear on itineraries and its profile greatly increased after the publication of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

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.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

cottish-National-Gallery-of-Modern-Art

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see venue for modern and contemporary art. It is home to a fantastic sculpture park and Pig Rock Bothy. Admission is free, however a charge may be made for special exhibitions.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Come face to face with Scotland, past and present, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. See 5 exhibitions, 11 displays and some exceptional must-sees. There are also 17 events to attend. Admission is free.

Scottish Parliament

Scottish Parliament

Explore the Scottish Parliament with a one hour general tour. Guides will take you through the architecture of the award-winning Scottish Parliament building and the Parliament’s history and work. Advance booking is advised.

Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre

The five-star, award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick has something for the whole family. See wildlife in its natural habitat. Visit the Discovery Centre, gift shop, Seabird Café and seasonal boat trips.

Scottish Storytelling Centre

Scottish Storytelling

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is a vibrant arts venue located on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The centre has a live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, family events and workshops happening all year round.

St Giles’ Cathedral

St Giles Cathedral

St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism.

Summerhall Distillery

Summerhall Distillery

See how hand crafted, small batch gin is made, marvel at the botanicals room, still and bottling line, sample the gin at different stages in the distilling process, enjoy a Pickering’s & Tonic from the gin tap at The Royal Dick bar.

Tantallon Castle

Tantallon Castle

Tantallon Castle is a formidable stronghold that stands on a cliff overlooking the Firth of Forth. It was the seat of the Douglas Earls of Angus, one of the most powerful baronial families in Scotland. There’s a visitor centre here too.

The Georgian House

The Georgian House

The Georgian House was built in 1796 for John Lamont, and he lived here with his family until 1815. The house has been magnificently restored to show a typical Edinburgh New Town House of the late 18th to early 19th century.

The Real Mary King’s Close

Real Mary King's Close

Uncover the true story of how a network of Old Town streets found itself buried forever beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. This attraction is a warren of hidden streets frozen in time since the 17th century.

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.

Visit Scotland

Visit Scotland

Uncover your Edinburgh by calling into a Visit Scotland Information Centre. Get advice on everything there is to see and do, book accommodation or arrange tickets for events, activities and transport across Scotland.

World of Illusions

World of Illusions

At the World of Illusions, explore a mass of unique, hands on exhibits to do with light, illusion and the way we see the world! Head to the magic gallery or explore further to even more exciting exhibitions.