EDINBURGH TRAVEL DESTINATION & ATTRACTIONS
Welcome to our holiday travel guide, attractions tours and
charters information for Edinburgh, Scotland.
Scotlands Capital City of
Edinburgh is a popular destination for visitors. As one of Europe's most
beautiful cities, Edinburgh and the Lothians offers a region of
iconic landmarks, historic properties, evocative ruins, internationally exciting festivals
Edinburgh itself is a city of contrast from the cobble streets of
the Old Town, beautiful Georgian avenues of the New Town. The mixture of the old
with the new and the urban excitement expected in all modern cities of today,
ensure that you will find plenty to see, do and experience.
A great way to experience all that Edinburgh and the surrounding region have
to offer is through one of the many local
Edinburgh tours and charters.
Visitors to Edinburgh
can expect to find a range of
that will meet your individual needs, from apartments and up market hotels, to
quaint guest houses, bed and breakfasts and for the more budget conscious,
Over time we will be expanding our listing of wonderful attractions,
places to visit and memorable experiences in
in the meantime you can check out our current listing. Make sure you check out
the Scotland Attractions, listing
attractions across Scotland.
If you want to include
other great Edinburgh attractions, just
send us an email with the details, including website (if applicable) and any
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Discover Scotland's Great Trails
Scotland's Great Trails (SGTs) are nationally promoted trails for people-powered
journeys. Each is distinctively waymarked, largely off-road and has a range of
visitor services. At least 25 miles in length, they are suitable for multi-day
outings as well as day trips. Collectively the 20 different routes provide over
1300 miles of well managed paths from the Borders to the Highlands, offering
great opportunities to explore the best of Scotland's nature and landscapes and
to experience the amazing history and culture.
The nearest trail to Edinburgh include:
- John Muir Way (73 km or 45 miles)
this trail links East Lothian with Edinburgh and the Scottish border. It
celebrates the life of John Muir, the conservationist and found of America's
National Parks. John Muir was born in Dunbar in 1838.
- Forth-Clyde/Union Canal Towpath (106 km or 66 miles)
from Bowling, east of Dumbarton, to Fountainbridge, which is only half a
mile from Edinburgh Castle.
- Fife Coastal Path (150 km or 93 mile coastal trail)
traversing the Firths of Forth and Tay, taking in prehistoric caves,
castles and coastal wildlife from seabirds to seals.
- Clyde Walkway (64 km or 40 miles)
this riverside trail runs from Glasgow's West End to the World Heritage
Site of New Lanark and the nearby Falls of Clyde.
Scottish Natural Heritage - Discover Scotland's Great Trails to download the
The Falkirk Wheel
Situated approximately 23 miles from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. See website
The Millennium Link was an ambitious
project with the objective of restoring navigability across Scotland on the
historic Forth & Clyde and Union Canals. A major challenge faced, was to link
the Forth and Clyde Canal, which lay 35m (115 ft) below the level of the Union
Canal. Historically, the two canals had been joined at Falkirk by a flight of 11
locks that stepped down across a distance of 1.5km, but these has been
dismantled in 1933, breaking the link. What was required was a method of
connecting these two canals by way of a boat lift.
The result was a perfectly balanced structure that is The Falkirk Wheel - the
world's first and only rotating boat lift. Today, the Falkirk Wheel is one of
Scotland's top tourist destinations and attracts visitors from all across the
World. The best way to experience The Falkirk Wheel is by taking a trip on their
breath-taking boat journey. There is also a visitor centre with interactive
displays, cafe and gift shop.
and Golf Courses
Scotland is the home of golf, with
more than 550 golf courses. Edinburgh has an array of very accessible golf
courses, some of which offer incredible views of the city. You dont have to
venture far from Edinburgh either to play some of the most famous and historic
courses in the game. East Lothian has an astonishing amount of legendary golfing
venues. There is Muirfield, where the Open has been staged 15 times, and will
again in 2013. Musselburgh is another venerable golf club while Gullane has no
less than three classic links courses. There is the luxurious East and West
courses at Dalmahoy just west of Edinburgh.
Check out the
Scotland - The Home of Golf for information on all the golf courses in
The Helix is happening - Its one of
the most ambitious community projects the UK has ever seen and its happening
right in the heart of Scotland.
Something fantastic is happening in the heart of Scotland. The Helix is
transforming land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into an exciting new parkland
and visitor attraction set to open in 2013.
The National Trust for Scotland
If you are interested in the
historic and cultural heritage of Scotland, including Edinburgh, visit the
national trust site for information.
The website has a quick search as well as a route planner to assist visitors
when planning to visit a destination. You can even search for events happening
in your destination.
Scotland's Castle Trail
Whilst Aberdeenshire is known as Scotlands Castle Country,
there are castles throughout Scotland. For visitors to Edinburgh the nearest
- Edinburgh Castle
A must see highlight attraction in Edinburgh, the castle became the first
recorded meeting place of the Scottish Parliament in 1140. In 1566, it was the
birthplace of the son of Mary Queen of Scots, who grew up to be King of both
Scotland and England. And in 1745, it saw its final siege when the garrison held
out against Bonnie Prince Charlies Jacobites.
Today it is the site of the popular annual
event, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Visitors to the castle can see a range of
highlights: The Honours of Scotland, these glittering crown jewels, the Honours of the Kingdom, are
the oldest royal regalia in the United Kingdom. Other highlights include The
Great Hall, Royal Palace, St Margaret's Chapel, The Prisons of Ware, Mons
Meg, The One O'clock Gun, The Scottish National War Memorial, The National
War Museum of Scotland. There are also panoramic views across the capital, over
the Firth of Forth and into Fife.
You can buy tickets online through their website. It is suggested that you will need at least two
hours to see all the castles highlight.
Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, Edinburgh
When you step inside Lauriston Castle, you see it just as it was
in 1926, when it was left to the nation by the last private owner, Mrs Reid. The
Castle and the collections it contains is one of Scotlands greatest gifts.
Collections include, Italian Furniture, Sheffield Plate, Crossley Wool Mosaics
and Blue John ornaments.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Canongate, The Royal Mile
The official residence in Scotland of
Her Majesty The Queen, stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the
spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. This fine baroque palace is closely
associated with Scotland's rich history.
The Palace is perhaps best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and as the
setting for many of the dramatic episodes in her turbulent reign.
Distance to Edinburgh
Following are some approximate distances by
road to Edinburgh:
| Isle of Skye
| London, England
| St Andrews
Distances given are only approximation, there may be
alternative routes to your destination. You should verified with the appropriate
road authority and/or maps.