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What You Should Know More About Edinburgh

  • Travel Advice

    • Relish the local and international cuisine at the Edinburgh restaurants

    • Apart from the sights within the city, also check out Pentland Hills and Scottish Borders.

    • Do not miss on the art scene of the city and their art festivals.

    • Always carry sun screen, sunglasses, poncho, and umbrella on the same day as the weather in Scotland is unpredictable.

    • Take walking routes within the city. They are a pleasant experience.

    • Do taste the afternoon tea at any of the traditional tea rooms. This is a typical experience that you can get in places like these.

    • Always say “thank you” and “excuse me” as and when needed.

    • Do not buy kilts as they are super expensive.

    • Always pay for your drinks in bars, pubs, and restaurants.

    • You can open doors for other people.

    • Do not litter streets or stare at anyone.

    • Do not kiss new people you meet. Only use this gesture with people you know for a long time.

    • Do not pick your nose in public.

    • Mind your mannerisms when you visit Edinburgh.

  • Drinking Law

    The legal drinking age in Edinburgh is 18 years and above. Teens of the age 16 and 17 can drink beer along with the meals. They, however, cannot order for spirits along with the meals. Public drinking is prohibited in Edinburgh.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Castles, cathedrals, and landmarks

    Edinburgh Castle is a regal fortress and is one of the highest points of this city. It has been in excellent condition for 1000 years. Craigmillar Castle was built in the 14th century and looks magnificent. Abbey and Palace of Holyroodhouse host royal collections in their galleries.

    St Giles' Cathedral is a historic church. Mary King's Close has medieval history and has been a popular hunting site since the 18th century. Gladstone's Land, is 17th century tenement and has period furniture and painted the ceiling. Greyfriars Kirkyard is an old graveyard of Greyfriars Bobby. Camera Obscura gives a panoramic view of the city and is 150 years old. The Scottish Parliament has Spanish architecture and you must get tickets to watch the parliament sessions.

    Grass market area has vibrant history and is a historic town where horse and cattle were once sold.  Scott Monument celebrates the life of the writer, author, and poet Sir Walter Scott since his death in the 18th century. This is a site styled in Gothic style and gives a fantastic view of the city. TheRoyal Yacht Britannia is an attraction in Edinburgh that lets visitors tour the Royal apartments and view the collection of gifts offered to the Royal family from across the world. Royal Botanic Garden has vibrant and beautiful gardens and is a nice picnic spot. Edinburgh Zoo is a place to watch the penguin parade. Rosslyn Chapel is the one featured in “The Da Vinci Code” novel.

    Museums, galleries, and scenic areas

    Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum was built in the 18th century and is the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie. This museum has artifacts, documents, and photographs of the life of Andrew Carnegie. Calton Hill has monuments with extraordinary architectural style. The Gothic observatory here is done in neoclassical style. Nelson monument in Calton Hill is the tallest monument that was completed in the 18th century.Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is a place where you can view the entire city with a bird’s eye view. You will find many holograms, pieces of optical illusion, and rooftop views. The Burns Monument is a temple where devotees of Robert Burns pay a visit.

    Fruitmarket Gallery is an art gallery that holds contemporary art and showcases works of renowned artists. Jupiter Artland is a manor house done in Jacobean style and is not a sculpture park. Here you will find many magical landscapes and artworks of many renowned local and international artists. Museum of Childhood is a noisy museum and has collections of vintage toys, games like Sweeney Todd, antique dolls, and rooms where fancy dress parties, school, streets, and the nursery is depicted. This is a unique museum that is dedicated to showcasing the history of childhood.Museum of Edinburgh is a museum that showcases the local history, pottery of Scotland, silverware, and glassware. National Gallery of Scotland has collections of paintings from the period of renaissance.

    National Museum of Scotland has old fossils from the ancient history of Scotland. There is a dramatic, crypt-like an entrance to this museum. At this museum, you will also find sea creatures, wildlife, stones, relics, lighthouse models and more. Our Dynamic Earth is a themed gallery which showcases models of wonders of this planet, which includes different regions like the polar region, rainforest, and more. Pittencrieff House Museum has  Pittencrieff Park and was built in the 17th century. This is a mansion converted into a museum. It has many exhibits of fossils, wildlife, and dinosaurs.

    Royal Scottish Academy holds art exhibitions frequently. This museum has a neoclassical architecture. Scotch Whisky Experience showcases whiskey and flavours from different regions of Scotland. You can taste the fruit, sweet, smoky flavour and select the bottle that suits your taste. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art showcases paintings and sculptures of famous painters like Picasso, Georges Braque, and more. Scottish National Portrait Gallery is a gothic building made in sandstone made in themes such as enlightenment, reformation, etc. Soutra Mains on the edge ofLammermuir Hills provides an excellent view and is a scenic spot. The Scottish Mining Museum provides a history of mining industry of Scotland. Writers' Museum in the Lawn market standing since the 17th century has fine architecture and holds original manuscripts of popular writers like Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns, and more.

    Religious sites, parks, and national reserves

    Alva Glen is a gorge with a breathtaking view. It is great for taking walking tours. High Kirk of St. Giles is a cathedral and is an important church in this city. High Street has buildings, historic relics, Parliament square, and is inspired by the novel of Sir Walter Scott. John Muir Country Park is on the estuary of the River Tyne and is scenic with golden sand, woodlands, and wildlife. Mill Glen is a quarry surrounding waterfalls and is great for hiking. Ochil Hills Woodland Park is a place where previous metals were mined in the 18th century. Rosslyn Chapel has curious history and attracts those who love the Holy Grail stories. Scottish Seabird Centre is great for nature walks, bird watching, and nature photography.

    St. Mary's Parish Church is made of red sandstone and was built in the 6th century. Dunbar’s Close Garden from the 17th century has herbs, shrubs, flowers, and trees that provide a tranquil view in the Royal Mile. Cammo Estate has woodlands and ruins and is ideal for walking and dog walking.

  • What you will like there?

    Castles, memorials, and walking tours

    Calton Hill has most of the iconic monuments and historical sites of Edinburgh. There are theatres that can hold 3000 seats and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is played year long. Traditional Scottish folk music is placed at these concerts. Arthur's Seat provides an excellent panoramic view of the city.

    Festivals, shopping and eating out

    The Edinburgh International Festival is celebrated since the time of 1947. They host Fringe shows. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an iconic festival that showcases the iconic tattoos of the kilted bagpipers. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival showcases performances and artworks that are avant garde in nature. The Edge Festival is a music festival that is popular among the locals. The Edinburgh International Film Festival showcases films.

    For shopping visit the Prince Street in the New Town. There are departmental stores there.    Multrees Walk is a place to find high-end fashion labels like the Louis Vitton, and more. Grass market is the place for vintage clothing and prints and maps from the 16th century. Victoria Street is inspired by the Harry Porter series and has supplies and props related to this movie.

    The Royal Mile has the maximum number of souvenir shops in the Old Town. The port town of Leith has perfume shops, eco-friendly gifts, and antique stores.

    You can start your day with the typical Scottish breakfast which is a porridge made with oats. Taste the locally made desserts, whiskey, and meat dishes at most of the eateries of Scotland. Also, taste the staple Scottish teas.

    Pubs and lounges

    Irn-Bru is a place that serves non-alcoholic drinks. There are many pubs in the Grassmarket of the Old Town. George Street has the trendiest bars.

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?
  • Books

    Edinburgh: The Best Of Edinburgh For Short Stay Travel by Gary Jones

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