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Top 10 Must-Do's in Edinburgh

Beautiful view of the city of Edinburgh
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Beautiful view of the city of Edinburgh

To people enthusiastic about culture, photography, history and the Scottish nation, Edinburgh is true paradise. It’s one of the most memorable and beautiful European cities – a status that’s not easy to attain in the Old World, a continent full of truly spectacular cities. Here’s a list of 10 tips Travel on Spot has compiled for those who’ve decided to change their vacation in some exotic land for a nice walk round Edinburgh.

Take Part in Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival

Edinburgh
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It’s one of the largest – if not the largest – festivals in the entire world. Every August, the Scottish capital transforms from an elegant city into an eclectic, bustling cultural centre. During Fringe, the streets become one large stage for over 3,000 performances put on by around 50,000 artists and performers. It’s one of those events everyone should experience at least once during their lifetime. So set aside a few days in August for art and culture in Edinburgh!

A Free Tour Around the National Museum of Scotland

It doesn’t even matter much whether you’re interested in historic events or not – visiting the National Museum of Scotland is simply a must. It’s way more than just an exposition full of ancient artefacts. Here you’ll find many interactive displays and a stunning variety of topics – from those related to ancient Rome to the story of the cloned sheep named Dolly. Entrance being free of charge is yet another reason to visit.

Take a Walk Down the Royal Mile

Edinburgh Royal Mile
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Edinburgh Royal Mile

It’s one of Edinburgh’s most famous streets, which stretches from the city castle to the Scottish Parliament. This Old Town street charms its visitors with stone buildings, the Gothic St. Giles’ Cathedral, and its many tourist attractions. The rest of the Old Town, located around the Royal Mile, is a UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site.

The Photographer-Beloved Calton Hill

Sunset in Edinburgh
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The Calton Hill offers an excellent view of the whole city. If the weather’s nice, don’t miss your chance to climb it, as Edinburgh is not a city that enjoys many bright and sunny days. There’s no better place to enjoy the views of the city from up high.

The Dizzying Camera Obscura and its World of Illusions

It’s one of the city’s most fun attractions. Located near the Edinburgh Castle, this amusement park is full of visually confusing optical illusions. Make no mistake, getting out the park’s Mirror Maze is quite a challenge! Not to even mention all the fantastic images and visual tricks.

The Jupiter Artland for Nature Enthusiasts

Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland

This park, located on the outskirts of the city, is true paradise for art lovers. Jupiter Artland – a large park full of sculptures – is a place where nature meets contemporary art. It’s also a perfect place for getting inspired for one’s own creative endeavours, or having a picnic far away from the noisy urban environment.

Explore the World’s Cuisine in Edinburgh’s Restaurants

Pub in Edinburgh
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Pub in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a modern city with many tasty places. Here, prices vary from cheaper places to have lunch at to Michelin star-rated restaurants. Authentic Spanish snacks can be had at the El Quijote Restaurant; good Japanese food is served in the Sushiya sushi-place; Thai dishes can be found in the Ting Thai Caravan, located at the city centre; Mexican food and Margarita cocktail lovers will rejoice in Miro’s Cantina Mexicana; while the Field is perfect for a true Scottish evening. And don’t be afraid to stray a little further from the city – you’ll find many excellent places to eat there as well.

Those who’d like to visit a true Scottish pub will not be disappointed – Edinburgh has many such places that are perfect after a long walk or a good meal. Some are better suited to travellers, while others are usually frequented by the locals, so be sure to do your research on bars before heading out.

The Royal Botanic Garden for Plant Lovers

East Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  East Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh

This garden, situated in the northern part of the city, charms its visitors with blooming rhododendrons and azaleas. It’s one of the largest botanical gardens not only in Scotland, but also in the whole of Great Britain, where Chinese gardens meet rock gardens, palm greenhouses and many other glass buildings filled with plants from all over the world. Your afternoon here will fly by.

The Portobello Beach for Sea Enthusiasts

Even though Edinburgh is not a place often associated with the sea, sun and beaches, it does have one beautiful stretch of sand near the ocean. It’s a great place to watch the sun dip below the horizon, or – weather permitting – even go for a swim. Although there’s nothing unique about it, this beach will help you see the city in a slightly different way and bring home that characteristic sea smell.

Scottish Whisky Tasting for Connoisseur

Whisky is one of the most advertised Scottish products. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the city has a Scottish Whisky Heritage Centre, which offers many different tours: from tastings to comprehensive history lectures and presentations of the manufacturing process.

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