Come along with us as we explore the top attractions and things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland city tour. Our 20 things to do in Edinburgh travel guide features the best activities, museums, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, food and entertainment venues in the city along with numerous suggestions for tours that will make your stay in Edinburgh unique and memorable.
Edinburgh has a highly underrated food scene with plenty of traditional Scottish foods (such as Haggis) and many contemporary style restaurants to tickle your fancy. A suggestion we recommend higly is to take a Edinburgh food tour and also partake in Scotch Whisky and Gin tours.
Your visit wouldn’t be complete with visiting Edinburgh Castle, walking along the Royal Mile and enjoying some of the legendary nightlife the city has to offer in both New Town and Old Town.
20 Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland Travel Guide:
1) Edinburgh Castle
2) Scotch Whisky Experience (suggestion)
3) Royal Mile Old Town for souvenir shopping
4) Edinburgh Walking Tours (Ghost Tour, Literary Tour, etc)
5) Eat Traditional Scottish food: Haggis, neeps & tatties (suggestion: Whiski Rooms)
6) Holyrood Palace (Official resident of British Monarchy)
7) Holyrood Abbey and Garden
8) Edinburgh Gin Distillery (suggested tour)
9) National Museum of Scotland
10) Princes Street Garden
11) Dean Village (underrated place to visit)
12) Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat
13) Scott Monument for great views of Edinburgh
14) Royal Botanic Garden not far from New Town
15) Food Tour (suggestion: Eat Walk Edinburgh)
16) Wynds and closes in the Old Town of Edinburgh
17) St. Giles Cathedral
18) Scottish National Gallery Museum
19) Scottish National Portrait Gallery Museum
20) Nightlife in Edinburgh (pubs, live band or a ceilidh)
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Our visit Edinburgh travel guide documentary covers some of the top attractions including a food guide (best restaurants and street food), top museums and the city by day. We also cover off-the-beaten-path activities you won’t find in a typical Edinburgh tourism brochure or Edinburgh, Scotland city tour.
20 Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland Top Attractions Travel Guide Video Transcript:
Our week in Edinburgh was action packed! We sampled gin and Scotch whisky, wandered down tiny closes, braved the crowds along the Royal Mile, ate our fill of haggis, and even visited a castle, a palace, and an abbey. So, if you’re looking for things to do in Edinburgh on your visit, this video guide will show you all of those attractions and then some!
Edinburgh Castle is hard to miss as it dominates the city’s skyline. The first thing you should know about the Castle is that it’s not just one single building, so once you’re inside there’s quite a bit to see and do; you can tour the Royal Palace, see the Crown Jewels, watch the firing of the one o’clock gun, step inside St. Margaret’s Chapel, visit the National War Museum and so much more, so give yourself plenty of time.
We also made time to visit the famed Royal Mile, which is the busiest street in Edinburgh’s Old Town. There’s quite a bit to see along here, so we first popped into the Royal Mile Market, which is set inside a former church, and from there we continued down the street, visiting little souvenir shops along the way. You’ll have no trouble finding a kilt here!
Another activity we really enjoyed was taking a food tour with Eat Walk Edinburgh. We got to try a lot of delicious bites and beverages along the way, and one of the highlights was visiting the Fugde House.
Another fun way to explore Edinburgh on foot is by wandering down the tiny closes. These small alleys were often named after a memorable occupant, and the Old Town is full of them.
And that’s it for our visit to Edinburgh, Scotland. We hope you enjoyed following our travels and that this video gave you a few ideas of things to do, foods to try, and places to visit around the city. As always, if you have any other suggestions of things to do in Edinburgh, feel free to share those with fellow travellers in the comments section below. Until next time!
This is part of our Travel in Scotland video series showcasing Scottish food, Scottish culture and Scottish cuisine.
Music in this video courtesy of Audio Network