Edinburgh

Why go there?

From the many medieval charms of the Old Town to the elegant Georgian facades of Princes Street and the New Town, there’s a wonderful array of history, culture, art and Scottish eccentricities to discover in Scotland’s capital city.

Key gateways

Airports:

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle

City map

Key attractions

Royal Yacht Britannia

Used by The Queen and the Royal family for state visits and holidays for more than 40 years, The Royal Yacht Britannia is now berthed in the harbour of Leith, just a short bus ride away from Edinburgh’s city centre.

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Website: royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland is situated at the end of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile. Visitors can explore 14 magnificent State Apartments, the ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and beautiful royal gardens.

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Website: royalcollection.org.uk

Edinburgh Castle

Presiding over the city from its lofty seat atop a rocky cliff, Edinburgh Castle is the city’s most iconic attraction, with its impressive views, legendary 1 o’clock gun salute and dazzling display of Scottish Crown Jewels.

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Website: edinburghcastle.scot

Arthurs Seat

The highest point in the 640 acre Holyrood Park is Arthurs Seat. 251m above sea level, it gives the most magnificent views over the city, and is also the site of a well preserved fort dating back approximately 2000 years.

Website: visitscotland.com

National Museum of Scotland

Free to enter, this fascinating museum is home to exhibits tracing the wonders of nature, art, design and science, from Scotland and around the world.

Website: nms.ac.uk

Still to be discovered

For those who have visited Edinburgh before, here’s a selection of attractions that they may not yet have discovered:

Edinburgh Dungeon

Edinburgh Dungeon displays the city’s terrifying past for all to see, hear and smell, using chillingly amusing characters to bring stories to life – with 11 live action shows and 2 underground rides.

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Website: thedungeons.com

Edinburgh Historic Vaults Walking Tour

This fascinating guided tour reveals the vaults hidden beneath Edinburgh’s South Bridge and the darker side of the 18th Century boom years.

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Website: mercattours.com

Scotch Whisky Experience

Offering a sensational journey through a replica distillery, and led by an expert guide, this tour contains child friendly exhibits as well as the chance for older visitors to taste Scotland’s most famous export.

Website: scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk

National Galleries of Scotland

Comprised of 3 galleries spread around the city centre, the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery showcase art from the Middle Ages, right through to the present day.

Website: nationalgalleries.org

Just a stone's throw away

The following is just a selection of some of the destinations that can be easily reached from Bath. For many of them using a Britrail Pass is a simple and cost effective way to get around.

Rosslyn Chapel

Many know Rosslyn Chapel best for its role in the The Da Vinci Code novel, and film. This place of worship was founded in 1446, having taken 40 years to build. Its ornate stonework and mysterious symbolism have intrigued artists and visitors ever since and there are many theories, and legends associated with the Chapel, where church services are still held weekly.

Website: rosslynchapel.com

Glasgow

Home to more than 20 museums and art galleries, and a UNESCO City of Music, Scotland’s biggest city is a Celtic blend of arts and culture … as well as being voted one of the friendliest cities in the world. The journey from Edinburgh to Glasgow takes around an hour by train.

Website: peoplemakeglasgow.com

Stirling Castle

Just over an hour from Edinburgh by car or train, most of the principal buildings of the fortress date from the 15th and 16th centuries. Before the union with England, Stirling Castle was a frequently used royal residence and several Scottish kings and queens were crowned here, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542.

Website: stirlingcastle.scot

Glentress Forest

Just one hour from Edinburgh, Glentress Forest gives visitors a chance to experience the great outdoors, on foot, by bike – with great walking trails, bike routes and stunning views.

Website: scotland.forestry.gov.uk

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