Thinking of spending a few days in Scotland’s capital? Then you will be spoilt for choice. Here are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling called “10 Things to do in Edinburgh”.
1. Eating Out – Edinburgh has become more of a multi-cultured city in recent years so there is no shortage of cuisines to choose from. Turkish, Moroccan, Malaysian or simply fish and chips, we have it all. Generally speaking most restaurants are reasonably priced compared to other capital cities and the quality is usually good.
2. Take a tour – there is no shortage of tour operators in town. Most can be located by the Waverly Station or on the Royal Mile. Bus tours as well as those on foot with a guide are extremely popular all year round and there is something for everyone, why not explore the old town and find out about Edinburgh’s medieval past?
3. Shopping – For many years, Edinburgh couldn’t hold a candle to Glasgow when it came to shops, especially designer stores. However that has all changed, so no matter what your budget, you will be spoilt for choice. Princes Street remains the central hub for shopping but we also have Ocean Terminal, The Waverley Centre and St James Centre where you’ll find everything under one roof.
4. Drinking – Edinburgh has no shortage of watering holes. Favourites hot spots are the Royal Mile and the Grassmarket, both areas are densely populated by pubs. As if that weren’t good enough, the two areas are a few short minutes walk from each other.
5. Visit the Botanics – the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh is a quiet oasis packed with thousands of species of plants, flowers, shrubs and trees. You may be interested to know that there are more Chinese plants in Edinburgh’s botanics than anywhere outside of China. Flower power is still hip in Scotland!
6. Have a picnic – The Meadows, Princes St Gardens and Holyrood Park are all fabulous spots for a picnic when the weather allows it.
7. Live music – there is a good live music culture in Scotland that has been thriving ever since the 60’s. Weekends are the best time to catch a gig but there is always something of interest going on midweek, just pick up an Events Guide form our reception when you book in.
8. Mountain biking – there are some great mountain biking trails around the Pentland Hills if you are feeling industrious enough. If you fancy something a little more sedate then a cycle along the Water of Leith can be very pleasant and a good way to circumnavigate the city free of traffic.
9. Attend the Local Derby – Edinburgh has two football teams in the Scottish Premier League – Hearts of Midlothian from the Gorgie area of town and their counterparts Hibernian from Leith. The two sides have enjoyed a fierce rivalry for over 100 years and when the sides clash at least four times a season, sparks fly.
10. BBQ on the beach – Scotland in summer is a wonderful place to be, a time when the rugged and natural beauty of the country really comes alive to jaw dropping effect. Portobello beach has a huge expanse of soft and clean sand that is just short of a mile long, perfect for a bbq on the beach