Things to do and see in Edinburgh

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Top 10 Sightseeing Highlights in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

1. Edinburgh Castle

The historic hilltop fortress of Edinburgh dominates the Edinburgh skyline. It is the most visited attraction in Scotland, so you’ll be in good company!

Royal Mile Edinburgh

2. The Royal Mile

Several streets together form the Royal Mile, which is the main thoroughfare of the Old town of Edinburgh. Approximataly on Scottish mile long (1,810 meters), it winds its way upwards and will do you good!

Scotch Whisky Experience

3. Scotch Whisky Experience

Surely you’re not heading to Scotland without tasting the whisky? At this museum you’ll learn all about whisky in a fun, amusement park-like atmosphere.

Our Dynamic Earth Edinburgh

4. Our Dynamic Earth

A visit to Our Dynamic Earth, located close to Holyrood Palace, will teach you (and your family) about the origin of the earth. Big Bang sceptics beware!

Calton Hill Edinburgh

5. Calton Hill

Calton Hill is the seat of the Scottish government, notably at Holyrood Palace. It’s a great place for taking panoramic photos of Edinburgh!

HMY Britannia

6. HMY Britannia

Feel the majestic presence on board the former royal yacht of Queen Elizabeth II. Retired in 1997, it currently serves as a main attraction of Edinburgh. Tip: Watch the Netflix series “The Crown” for inspiration.

Edinburgh Zoo

7. Edinburgh Zoo

The only zoo in the UK to cater to both Koalas and Pandas, this is a zoo worth visiting. It’s already the second most visited attraction in Scotland, so your visit won’t make a dent!

Holyrood Palace Edinburgh

6. Holyrood Palace

The official residence of the British Monarch in Scotland. Watch out, it is not open to the public when royalty is visiting!

Greyfriars Church

9. Greyfriars Church

One of the oldest surviving buildings in Edinburgh. As a leading monument to Scottish presbyterianism, it still holds services in both English and Gaelic. Also known as Greyfriars Kirk.

Gladstone's land

10. Gladstone’s Land

A beautifully restored 17th century private house, this is a nice pause along the Royal Mile. Visit the museum for an authentic 17th century experience.

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