The Best Things to Do in Edinburgh 2024

Nov 9, 2023


  • 2. Stroll Down the Royal Mile
  • 3. Climb Arthur's Seat
  • 4. Explore the National Museum of Scotland
  • 5. Taste Whisky at The Scotch Whisky Experience
  • 6. Discover Princes Street Gardens
  • 7. Indulge in the Edinburgh Food Scene
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The Best Things to Do in Edinburgh 2024

Edinburgh - the heart of Scotland, is a city that effortlessly combines ancient history with a thriving modern culture. It's a city that invites you to explore its hidden alleyways, taste its culinary delights, and immerse yourself in its rich heritage. And we have some of the best things to do here, according to users!

Here's the guide to the best things to do around Edinburgh, ensuring your visit is nothing short of extraordinary - and that includes train travel when you book with us, too…


1. Marvel at Edinburgh Castle

Your Edinburgh adventure begins at the iconic Edinburgh Castle. Perched atop Castle Rock, this historic fortress offers breathtaking views of the city and houses the Crown Jewels of Scotland. Don't miss the One O'Clock Gun, a tradition dating back to 1861!

Nearby hotel: The Balmoral Hotel

Next, wander down the Royal Mile, a historic stretch connecting Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Lined with charming shops, traditional pubs, and historic sites like St. Giles' Cathedral, it's the city's beating heart.

For the adventurous, a hike up Arthur's Seat is a must. This ancient mountain - Edinburgh's highest peak at 186m (610 ft) - offers panoramic views of the city. Pack a picnic and enjoy the tranquillity amidst the city rush.

Nearby hotel: Holyrood Aparthotel

Dive into Scotland's history at the National Museum. With exhibits ranging from natural history to technology, it's a treasure trove of knowledge. The best part? It's free!

No trip to Edinburgh is complete without tasting its world-famous whisky. The Scotch Whisky Experience offers a barrel ride through whisky production and a tasting session to find your perfect dram.

Nearby hotel: The Inn on the Mile

Discover the true beauty of Edinburgh by visiting Princes Street Gardens. This lush, tranquil park offers stunning views of Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy a leisurely stroll, picnic amidst vibrant flower beds, or simply bask in the historic charm.

Nearby hotel: Old Waverley Hotel

Finally, savour Edinburgh's culinary scene. From Michelin-starred restaurants like The Kitchin to the cosy pubs serving traditional haggis, there's a gastronomic adventure waiting around every corner.

Edinburgh is a city that promises an unforgettable journey. It's a city where every cobblestone has a story to tell, every bite of food is a celebration, and every moment is a memory waiting to happen. So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip on and let Edinburgh weave its magic around you.


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