7 Places You Won’t Want to Miss in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the vibrant, thriving capital of Scotland. Not many view it as a destination because of its distance from continental Europe, which is truly a shame because this city is incredibly unique. It possesses an inviting, captivating energy you simply won’t find anywhere else. So you don’t want to try haggis or blood pudding? That’s totally fine. You will still get the authentic feel of Edinburgh. The city’s rich national history permeates the air, as you will find kilts for sale and medieval architecture lining every street corner. There is also a fun and contemporary element that creates the perfect balance between the old and new. Read on for a glimpse at the city’s must-see spots.

The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is quintessential Edinburgh—the center of the action. You will find a plethora of delicious restaurants and pubs and one-of-a-kind street performances. Home to the Lawnmarket, a must for an amazing shopping experience, and the High Street, Parliament Square, there is never a shortage of things to do on the Royal Mile.  

 
 

Three Sisters Pub and Bar

The perfect place to immerse yourself in Edinburgh’s nightlife. The pub is home to the best lagers and ciders in the city. The atmosphere is extremely fun as the music ranges from traditional Scottish tunes to American 80’s classics. Bright lighting in both the indoor and outdoor areas add to the fun-filled ambiance.

 
 

Edinburgh Castle

A must-see for anyone visiting the city. Filled with history, the castle is home to some of the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles. Make sure to see the firing of the one o’clock gun, an Edinburgh tradition.  

 
 

The Elephant House

Calling all Harry Potter fans! This coffee shop is a stop you won’t want to miss. The Elephant House is frequented by J.K Rowling and it is said that she wrote her very first strokes of genius on a napkin that was lying on her table that day. Be sure to sit in the backroom, which provides you with a great view of the enchanting Edinburgh Castle.

 
 

National Galleries of Scotland

This is the perfect spot to begin your tour de force of Edinburgh! Entry is free, so there is no reason to miss out on this dynamic art scene. From famous portraits to eye-capturing pieces of Renaissance art, the gallery houses over 96,000 works in its permanent collection. The gallery also includes a world renowned collection of Surrealist art, so be sure to check out the works of Dalí, Magritte, and Duchamp.

 
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Arthur’s Seat

Be sure to bring your gym shoes and a water bottle as you commence on this breathtaking hike. Arthur’s Seat is located in Holyrood Park, walking distance from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the city center. Arthur’s Seat is a dormant volcano perched on the highest peak of the park. Once you reach Arthur’s Seat, you will be astonished at the jaw-dropping view of Edinburgh.

 
 

St Giles’ Cathedral

One will find the historic City Church of Edinburgh on Royal Mile between the Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Learn about the church’s diverse history beginning in the Middle Ages. The one-of-a-kind crown steeple, is a famous aspect of the city’s skyline.