The vibrant capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a unique city filled with cultural treasures, historical landmarks and natural wonders. Let’s have a look at the best things the Athens of the North has to offer its visitors!
Visit Edinburgh Castle
Built atop a tall rock that overlooks the entire city, Edinburgh Castle is one of the Scottish capital’s must-sees. A visit to its grounds is the best way to delve into Scotland’s history as well as catch breathtaking views to Edinburgh’s New Town.
Climb Arthur’s Seat
Edinburgh is home to a cluster of hills, the highest of which is named Arthur’s Seat. The latter is in essence a dormant volcano. Climbing to the top of Arthur’s Seat is totally worth the effort for the spectacular views to Edinburgh and beyond that you can enjoy once there. Although Arthur’s Seat rises about 250m above the city, the climb is not that strenuous, therefore you should definitely give it a go.
Walk the Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is the main street that goes through the heart of Edinburgh Old Town. As its name suggests, this gorgeous street connects two landmarks which are central to the royal history of Scotland: Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. The street is lined with stunning architecture while there are countless pretty cafes, pubs and attractions along the way that will keep you busy for quite a few hours.
Strolling along the Royal Mile in the company of a knowledgeable local is a unique experience. This is why booking a walking tour of Edinburgh is highly recommended.
Admire St Giles Cathedral
St Giles Cathedral is the most important religious site in Edinburgh and a true masterpiece of Gothic-style architecture. Built in the 14th century, St Giles Cathedral features gorgeous stained glass windows and archways.
Learn the Secrets of Scottish Whisky
Scotland’s whisky-making tradition goes back as far as the 11th century. Therefore, we could safely say that whisky is more than just a drink for the Scots. Whisky is part of Scotland’s cultural identity and heritage and, as such, it’s worth discovering its history (and taste) when in Edinburgh. The best way to delve into the secrets of whisky-making is by joining a guided tour across the Old Town of Edinburgh led by a true whisky connoisseur.