Things to do
The food is something to be enjoyed in Edinburgh and you'll find great restaurants and pubs scattered all over the city. The markets are a great place to pick up fresh, local produce, with Edinburgh being home to the largest farmer's market in the country. There are also Michelin star restaurants that are all, naturally, worth a visit.
You'll find castles all over Scotland but Edinburgh Castle is situated in the city centre and well worth a visit. Situated on its own rock, this is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in the whole of Scotland. At one o'clock, the One O'clock Gun is fired every day except Sunday, a tradition that dates back to 1861 and is well worth experiencing.
Edinburgh is known for its festivals held across the year. Whether your interest is music, art, film or books, you'll find a festival being held at some point. The International Festival and the Festival Fringe are two of the most popular and feature various events and performances of theatre, music, opera and other arts.
Arthur's Seat is about a mile east of Edinburgh Castle and an easy climb will get you to the top of this extinct volcano. You'll get panoramic views not only of Edinburgh but for miles around. Head up in the early morning to see the sunrise if you want the best view.
Scotland is huge and there is plenty to do outside of Edinburgh. Hire a car and drive to nearby Glasgow in around an hour. The largest city in Scotland has plenty to offer in terms of museums, theatres and exhibitions so you won't be short of things to do.
If you fancy taking in some culture, visit some of the other castles in Scotland. Linlithgow Palace is set beside a loch in parkland and is steeped in history. In ruins now, the palace still has a grandness to it that impresses all who visit. Crichton Castle is also worth visiting for its unusual architecture and the fact that so much of it is still intact. The Crichton Collegiate Church nearby also shouldn't be missed.
Holyrood, the home of the Scottish Parliament boasts some stunning architecture and you can either have a guided tour or sit in the public gallery to watch proceedings if Parliament is sitting when you visit. If you want to understand more about Scotland, visit the National Museum where you'll find special exhibitions and get a great overview of the history of Scotland.
If you want to take in some of the nightlife in Edinburgh, head to The Stand, one of the most iconic comedy clubs in the country. Alternatively, check out Cabaret Voltaire, the coolest club in town. Known as Cab Vol, the venue consists of two caverns and is one of the most popular hangouts in Edinburgh.