When it comes to inspirational cities, few can rival Edinburgh. In fact it’s my favourite city in the UK. The blend of UNESCO World Heritage architecture, unique topography and superb entertainment makes Edinburgh an exciting and cultural hotspot.
Compact and easily explored on foot, Scotland’s capital really does have something for everyone. We love the ‘This is Edinburgh’ suggested itineraries and their 101 of Edinburgh’s most treasured objects.
Edinburgh Castle sits atop a former volcano, Castle Rock. When you climb Castle Hill, you will walk in the footsteps of soldiers, kings and queens – and even the odd pirate or two. The castle itself is steeped in history, being the focus of many of the main events in the country’s turbulent history. It has also been a residence of ill-fated figures as Mary Queen of Scots. On your visit you can view the former Queen’s apartments as well as the Scottish Crown jewels and the 12th century St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh. Don’t forget the one o’clock gun which always draws a crowd and is fired every day except Sundays. The firing of the gun dates back to 1861 when ships in the Firth of Forth once set their maritime clocks by it.
There are many activities that suit families including Dynamic Earth. It’s a chance to experience the primeval forces of nature as they shaped our planet, to journey through space and time and even go on a 4DVENTURE around the world.
Atmospheric Edinburgh is steeped in dark tales of murder, torture and witchcraft. Exploring at night is recommended when tales of the cities mysterious past are at their most frightening. With names like the Graveyard Evening Tour, the Darkside walking tour and the Extreme Paranormal Underground Ghost Tour, there are lots of opportunities to experience ‘Auld Reekie’.
The Edinburgh Dungeon is a 70-minute, interactive walk-through experience using live actors, spectacular special effects and thrilling rides to bring 1000 years of Edinburgh and Scottish history to life.
With accommodation and restaurants to suit all budgets, Edinburgh doesn’t have to be an expensive break. I have even camped in Edinburgh. Visit Scotland has a great list of 10 free amazing things to do – The Royal Botanic Gardens, the Scottish National Gallery, Calton Hill, The Royal Mile – the list goes on.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest festival and n Aigist every year it showcases an extraordinary collection of cultural and artistic performances. Scotland’s capital doubles in population and comes alive with shows, events and visitors from across the globe. See performances including household names and also discover new artists breaking through in their careers. The Fringe boasts a diverse range of shows including comedy, musicals, and events for children. Some tickets can be bought at short notice whilst some events sell out very quickly.
The Edinburgh Castle Esplanade is the spectacular home of the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution and a sell-out year after year for very good reason. The Tattoo is a breath-taking performance and is a celebration of music and performers from all around the world. If you can get tickets it is an unforgettable experience and definitely one that should be on your bucket list.
A great way to see the sights is Edinburgh City Pass and Royal Edinburgh Ticket. Two different options which offer very unique Edinburgh experiences. Enjoy the city’s Royal splendour with The Royal Edinburgh Ticket, or uncover the insider’s side to Edinburgh with the Edinburgh City Pass.
This article isn’t long enough to convey what a truly wonderful city Edinburgh is and how much it has to offer. Hopefully you will get the chance to find out for yourself.
For more information visit the Tourist Board website called Forever Edinburgh.