Top 5 places to visit in Edinburgh

By George Arkley

Edinburgh is the epitome of Scottish tradition. The city is home to historic sites, beautiful cobbled streets and Scottish legends. There truly is something for everyone in Edinburgh. 

If you are travelling via train, Edinburgh station is in the middle of the city. You are greeted by the Highstreet and castle views the moment you step off the train. If you are travelling from Glasgow, skip the traffic and jump on a train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

Check out these tourist spots for the best possible experience of Scotland’s capital!

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Edinburgh Castle 

Of course, Edinburgh Castle is a must-see. You can see the castle views from the city or you can venture up the historic site itself. The infamous castle is home to the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Witches Well. 

The castle towers over the city and is the perfect backdrop to any Instagram post. 

Royal Mile 

Why not walk down the ‘Scots Mile’ between Edinburgh’s two royal residences: Edinburgh castle and Holyrood House. Did you know that Holyrood House is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland?

The mile is lined with museums, restaurants, shops and many hidden gems. There is a range of independent shops selling Scottish food, drink and, of course, tartan!

This is also the place to find a whole host of tourist attractions. To name a few: Camera Obscura, the Scotch Whisky Experience and the Museum of Edinburgh. 

Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags

If you like myths and legends, this is the spot for you. Hike to the top of the infamous Scottish landmark and embrace the legendary tradition. 

On May Day, it is Scottish tradition for young women to wash their face in the dew of Arthur’s Seat to keep themselves young and beautiful. 

Did you know that, according to legend, Salisbury Crags is an old sleeping dragon?!

Royal Botanic Garden 

Just one mile from the city centre, is a peaceful sanctuary of fantastic views and botanicals. You can even see the Edinburgh skyline.

The Glasshouses are a must-see. Each of the ten glasshouses has a different climate, ranging from steamy tropics to the desert. 

There are buzzing events hosted here all year round.

Princes Street and Gardens 

If you’re after a relaxed day out, check out Princes Street for high street shopping. Grab a coffee and sit in the gardens across the road to take in the breath-taking views of Edinburgh Castle. You can watch the city go by while you read a book. 

The German Christmas Market is also based here as one of the most magical markets in the UK!


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