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The breathtaking capital of Scotland, Edinburgh comprises two distinct sections, a medieval Old Town and a Georgian New Town. It is located in the southeastern part of Scotland in Lothian on the south bank of the Firth of Forth, a estuary that opens up into the North Sea.

The city is known for its gorgeous beauty with not only immense natural splendor but also stunning architecture, majestic castles, and miles of meandering streets. The spectacular and diverse landscape of the city makes it a must visit especially as you can witness a gradual transformation from the volcanic Pentland Hills in the south to the beaches of Portobello in the East.

Edinburgh has several attractions in the historic Old Town including the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. You can also go on a sightseeing tour to the New Town where you can explore the exquisite shops and restaurants or even climb up to the Arthur’s Seat for some of the most breathtaking views.

There are various other interesting activities that you can engage in such as exploring the Edinburgh Castle, visiting the National Museum of Scotland, strolling through Holyrood Park, discovering the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and much more.

Like most other parts of the country, Edinburgh has a temperate maritime climate with its summers very mild but winters cold and humid. It rains here all through the year and the average temperature is around 8.8°C.
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  1. Which are the best places to visit in Edinburgh?

    1. Edinburgh Castle - If you are a fan of fairy tales and magical worlds then you must definitely pay a visit to Edinburgh Castle where this dream of yours will come true. It is considered to be one of the best places of Edinburg and is the most famous tourist attraction of Scotland. You can learn a lot about Edinburgh's history while visiting the fort.

    It was built on a 700 million years old volcano called Castle Rock. The castle also offers a magnificent view of the city‘s most famous tourist attractions such as the Royal Mile, Princess Street and Garden. You can also explore the Royal Palace, Saint Margaret‘s Chapel, and the Great Hall built inside the castle on your visit here.

    Location - Castlehill, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2NG, United Kingdom Edinburgh.
    Timings - Every day,9:00 AM -6:00 PM

    Click here to book: Edinburgh Castle Guided Tour.

    2. The Royal Mile - The Royal mile is a set of underground spaces and streets filled with fascinating stories that have caught the attention of locals since the 17th century. It is one of the most thrilling places of Edinburg depicting the life and cultural transition between the 16th and the 19th century.

    It also acts as an inter-link between two royal residences and houses the new and old Parliament, churches, law courts and a cathedral. The place got its fame after being the backdrop of the famous Avengers: Infinity War and the Outlander. It also has some of Scotland’s most famous and lively pubs and delicacies frequently explored by visitors.

    Location - 227 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PE, United Kingdom
    Timings - Everyday, 10:00 AM -4:00 PM

    3. Royal Yacht Britannia - Formerly known as the Palace on Water of Queen Elizabeth, the Royal York Britannia is the most renowned tourist attraction in Scotland. You can board the ship and feel like royalty as you step into the elegant engine room and state apartments. This ship has served the royal family for more than 44 years and travelled over 1,000,000 miles across the globe.

    The ship has a 56 seat dining room, 24 hours laundry service, bedrooms, outdoor sitting area for the Duke and Queen of Edinberg. The best part about the ship is the sun lounge where you can observe the warmth of the shining sun and also enjoy sunsets and sunrises with your loved ones.

    Location - Ocean Drive Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ Scotland

    4. National Museum of Scotland - if you are a history lover and wish to learn more about Scottish culture then the National Museum of Scotland is the place for you. The museum exhibits artefacts representing everything from Scottish history to science, technology, archaeology and international affairs.

    They have 16 new galleries which consist of more than 8000 objects open to the public. They also have a collection of almost 14,000 manuscripts in various languages covering a variety of subjects of Scottish history. The museum also has a platter of interactive games and displays to entertain its visitors.

    Location - Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
    Timings - Everyday, 10:00 AM -4:30 PM

    5. Royal Botanic Garden - The Royal Botanic Garden is a globally renowned botanist’s playground where aspiring botanists from all across the globe come to study plants and their conservation. It was established in 1670 And is the second-oldest botanic Garden in Britain. It acts as an escape for locals and tourists from all around because of its relaxing and serene environment.

    The garden comprises more than 13,000 plant species and also lights up with fairy lights during the winters making it more magical. As the garden is also utilised as a scientific centre for the study of plants and its different species. Since It is part of the executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish government, it is well maintained and monitored.

    Location - 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, United Kingdom
    Timings - Everyday, 10:00 AM -4:00 PM

    6. Camera Obscura & World of Illusions - Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is one of the most visited places of Edinburgh where the visitors can take part in hundreds of illusions and activities. You can also get a panoramic view of the entire city from the rooftop terrace.

    It is the perfect place for families since it has multiple mazes and trippy tunnels that people of all ages can enjoy. The entire place has five floors and more than 150 exhibits to explore from. The best part about the place is the stereoscopic lens which lets you view Edinburgh city in 3D.

    Location - Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND Scotland
    Timings - Everyday, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

  2. What are the best things to do in the Edinburgh?

    1. See Stunning Views from Calton Hill - Enjoy The panoramic views of the Edinburgh skyline from the magnificent Carlton Hill. Carlton Hill is home to a collection of historic monuments as well as contemporary art galleries inspired by Greek culture. While going up Carlton Hill you can get a chance to explore the city‘s major tourist attractions including the Parliament, the Royal mile, Hollywood Place and Arthur seat.

    The globally renowned Beltane fire Festival is also organised in this place every year in April marking the beginning of summer. You can experience pounding drums, a huge bonfire and a colourful procession led by the May Queen at the festival.

     -80 82,Carlton Hill, Edinburgh
    Timings - 9 AM - 3PM

    2. Visit Leith
     - Also known as the Shore, Leith is a CosmoPolitan, culturally significant district in Edinberg. The famous Leith Theatre is a haven for music and theatre lovers all around the year. You can witness the evolution of the ever-changing Leith.

    There are a plethora of trendy bars and eateries organising regular events to entertain its public. The Pitt is the most popular independent weekend market where you can try from an array of street food and craft beer along with live music.

     - Bonnington, Edinburgh

    3. Shop at Victoria Street
     - Unleash your inner shopping aficionado on the Victoria Street spread from George IV Bridge to the Grassmarket. Victoria Street comprises the selection of Edinburgh’s finest boutiques where you can rediscover your fashion diva. The boutique displays fashion items or both contemporary and formal styles.

    You can shop from swish from brands like swish, Walker, the red door gallery and many more. If you are a potter head then you can buy from an extensive range of Harry Potter merchandise from museum context. You can also buy souvenirs and bottles from the whiskey shop and link.

    - 5/2, Victoria Street, Edinburgh

    4. Climb Arthur's Seat: Edinburgh boasts of being the site for the Arthur’s seat, a popular ancient volcano with a height of 351 metres above sea level. Enjoy the vistas of Edinburgh Castle, the Scott Monument, and beyond when you take a break at the summit of the hills.

    Begin from Holyrood park and go on a trek to the top of the mountains from where you will be able to see the most stunning view of the town. You can see the seat from almost any part of the city which is just a short walk from the famous Royal Mile street. 

    On the hills of Edinburgh, Scotland.

    5. Brave the Edinburgh Dungeon: With real actors, scenic settings, and exhilarating rides, the Edinburgh Dungeon is the ultimate underground tour through Edinburgh's most sinister past. Prepare to leap, scream, and laugh as you experience this one-of-a-kind, award-winning tourist attraction that combines exhilarating rides, a professional cast of theatre actors, amazing effects, and 360-degree scenery in a unique and immersive walk-through experience. 

    You will see shows based on 1000 years worth of Scottish and Edinburgh history. Don’t worry though as the shows are not boring but have one of the most interesting plots ever.

    Location: 31 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DF, UK
    Timings: From Monday - Friday: 11 am to 4 pm
                    On Saturday- Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
    Entry fee: From 21.95 EUR 

    6. Visit the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art: Visit the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and see Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art housed within. The gallery is made up of two structures, Modern One and Modern Two, which are both situated in a lovely sculpture park.

    Discover sculptures by notable artists like Joan Miró and Henry Moore at Modern One, where there is also a wonderful collection of artwork from the 1900s to the present. Eduardo Paolozzi's 7.3-meter-tall sculpture Vulcan, which dominates the café area, is located in the second building alongside a meticulous reconstruction of his studio that is on permanent display here.

    Location: 75 Belford Rd, Edinburgh EH4 3DR, United Kingdom
    Timings: Open daily, 10am–5pm
  3. Which are the best historical sites in Edinburgh?

    1. Canongate Kirk -  Canongate Kirk was constructed in 1688 by the order of King James VII of Scotland and was used as both a chapel and a church. It is built in Dutch-style and has a cruciform layout from the inside. Locals and visitors are welcome to join the worship every Sunday at 10 AM.

    2. St. Mary’s Cathedral - St. Mary’s Cathedral is a neo-Gothic architectural style building with large grounds. It is the largest esslesiastical building to be constructed in Scotland. You can find numerous interesting things inside the church such as The Paolozzi Window, The Rood Cross, and a globally renowned painting called, The Presence. 

    3. Inchcolm Island - Locally known as the Iona of East, the Inchcolm island is a well-preserved historic site dating back to the 12th century. The Abbey and rest of the site is open to the public to explore and take pictures at. You can even climb up to the top and get a panoramic view of the stunning island. 

    4. Palace of Holyroodhouse - Built in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse has served as the main residence of the kings and queens of Scotland since. It is still the official residence of the Queen of England. If you are a fan of history and art, then the palace displays an exhibit of portraits of Scottish monarchs and other relics open to the public.
  4. Which are the best markets to visit in Edinburgh?

    1. The Farmer’s Market - With the backdrop of the majestic Edinburgh castle, the farmer’s market is the most prominent market of the city. You can find almost every ingredient of any recipe in the world here, from seasonal fruits to seafood. They also offer delicacies like breads, cheese, chocolates, etc. to check off every item from your grocery list. 

    2. Leith Market - Leith market consists mostly of food traders selling locally produced edibles. You can enjoy some leisure time here while sitting on well-organised tables in this street. On the first Saturday of every month, the sellers also organise the Vegan Quarter where they sell a huge variety of vegan treats. 

    3. Grassmarket Market - The Grassmarket market is a lively market comprising around 20 stalls selling locally grown fruits and vegetables, freshly baked breads and handicrafts by local artists. It is also near major tourist attractions like the Edinburgh castle, Elephant House and Royal Mile so you can pay a visit here on your day out. 

    4. Pitt Street Market - Pitt Street market is a late night market with wonderful street food and live music. You can also get drinks from local suppliers and enjoy them in a warm and welcoming atmosphere with your friends. If you wish to visit this market with your family then you must note that children are only allowed here till 8 pm.
  5. What is the best time to visit Edinburgh?

    The ideal time to visit Edinburgh is between the months of June to August as the temperature is comfortably warm and days are long. You can go sightseeing and indulge in other fun activities during these months. 

  6. What is Edinburgh famous for?

    The city of Edinburgh is famous for the world’s largest international arts festival, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe. There are also several historical sites and monuments such as the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Arthuhr’s Seat, the Edinburgh castle and many more worth visiting. 

  7. How many days are enough to explore Edinburgh?

    For people visiting Edinburgh for the first time, we recommend spending at least three to four days in the city which will give you ample time to explore the main tourist attractions and the city center. 

  8. How to reach Edinburgh?

    By Air - There are several low-cost, easily accessible airlines that you can board from all major cities in the world to reach Edinburgh. 

    By Train - If you live nearby or wish to explore the interconnected cities then commuting by trains is the best option for you. It is the easiest and most comfortable mode of travel within Edinuburgh’s proximity. 

    By Bus - You can find numerous coach companies that commute between Europe’s major cities to Edinburgh such as Megabus, Citylink and National express at affordable rates.
  9. What are the best things to buy in Edinburgh?

    There are several souvenirs and gift items you can buy from Edinburgh such as:

    1. Tartan scarf
    2. Malt Scotch Whiskey
    3. Edinburgh Crystal
    4. Quaich
    5. Kilts
    6. Heathergems jewelry
    7. Ghillie Brogues Shoes
    8. Scottish Tea
    9. Fragrances
    10. Scottish Heather Honey

  10. What happens at the Edinburgh Festival?

    The Edinburgh Festival welcomes big names to undiscovered artists from the world of entertainment on the same platform. It gives a boost to small artists to build their careers in the fields of theatre, music, art, comedy, cabaret, opera and other forms of art. The festival is open for everyone with creative freedom which makes it most unique. 

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