This beautiful city is the capital of Scotland, and is located in Lothian, a region in the Scottish Lowlands. It is known for its stunning scenery, architecture and attractions, making it the world’s festival capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Getting to this historical city is simple, with a large range of cheap direct flights to Edinburgh to be found. Here are just a few top things to see and do in the area.
Holyrood Park – Arthur’s Seat
Located in the heart of the city, this park forms the stunning skyline surrounding the city. Arthur’s Seat is the park’s highest point at 251m above sea level, allowing visitors the best view of the city from this extinct volcano. There are many paths within the park that allow you to explore at your own leisure but I recommend the track from Dunsapie Loch as the easiest way to reach Arthur’s Seat.
This has to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland, and forms a huge part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. The castle has a complex history dating back to the 12th Century, when St Margaret’s Chapel was built. Today, the castle is home to the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland and the National War Museum of Scotland, making it an excellent attraction to visit. The world-renowned Edinburgh Festival is held in the castle grounds in summer, which brings street performers together for a remarkable month of art.
The Scottish National Gallery
Housing Scotland’s national collection of fine art, this gallery is one of Scotland’s top free attractions. On display is work dating back to the early Renaissance and to the end of the 19th Century, including masterpieces from Monet to Van Gogh. Within the gallery there is an interactive IT section, a tour and the opportunity to take part in a life drawing class or a children’s story telling session.
Made up of a maze of cobbled streets, secret courtyards and narrow alleyways, Edinburgh’s old town is packed full of history. This part of the city surrounds the Royal Mile, which leads down from the castle to form an historical layout of many side streets and large squares. Within this area there are many attractions to see, including St Giles’ Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland, which are both free to visit but encourage donations.