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Edinburgh Attractions

Scotland - United Kingdom

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Welcome to our holiday travel guide, attractions tours and charters information for Edinburgh, Scotland.

Scotland’s 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 and events.

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 Edinburgh accommodation, 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, backpacker/hostels.

Over time we will be expanding our listing of wonderful attractions, places to visit and memorable experiences in Scotland, 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 images that you can provide permission for us to use here.

• Edinburgh Attractions

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.

See the Scottish Natural Heritage - Discover Scotland's Great Trails to download the guide.


The Falkirk Wheel
• Situated approximately 23 miles from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. See website for directions.
• 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.
Golf 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 don’t 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 Visit Scotland - The Home of Golf for information on all the golf courses in Scotland.
The Helix
• The Helix is happening - It’s one of the most ambitious community projects the UK has ever seen – and it’s 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 Scotland’s Castle Country, there are castles throughout Scotland. For visitors to Edinburgh the nearest castle include:
  1. Edinburgh Castle
    • Castlehill, Edinburgh
    • 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 Charlie’s 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 castle’s highlight.
     
  2. Lauriston Castle
    • 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 Scotland’s greatest gifts. Collections include, Italian Furniture, Sheffield Plate, Crossley Wool Mosaics and Blue John ornaments.
     
  3. 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.

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• Edinburgh Distance

Distance to Edinburgh
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Edinburgh:
From Miles Km
• Aberdeen 125.35 203.33
• Dumfries 78.28 125.97
• Dundee 54.42 87.58
• Falkirk 26.44 42.55
• Glasgow 45.55 73.31
• Grangemouth 24.67 39.70
• Inverness 155.73 250.62
• Isle of Skye 240.06 386.35
• London, England 386.96 622.75
• St Andrews 48.99 78.84
Distances given are only approximation, there may be alternative routes to your destination. You should verified with the appropriate road authority and/or maps.
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