If you’re going to visit Scotland, Edinburgh offers you everything that will pique your interest, keep you entertained and provides just the right night life to keep your vacation spiced up! This capital city of Scotland offers medieval relics, a Scottish atmosphere and modern architecture. The night life offers city festivals throughout the year, loud music, soft music or whatever you decide you need to end your evening! Don’t forget that Scotland is a literary capital, boasting both Sir Walter Drake and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as natives!
When visiting there are some sights you’re simply not going to want to miss having on your itinerary. The National Museum of Scotland offers you everything from Art and Industry to Science, Nature, and history - two museums in one - one building is home to glass ceilings and international art collections as well as science and cultural displays while the other is devoted to the story of the people, land and culture of Scotland. If the arts are part of your fascination, you can visit Fruitmarket Gallery where you’ll find exhibitions on film, photography, sculpture and a variety of other art - this venue is designed to show new and existing work by not just Scottish artists, but international artists as well.
Lovers of the outdoors will be enthralled with the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh which offers more than 50 acres of scenery - whether you’re a sightseer or a flower lover - alpines, the Chinese Hillside, Chilean plants, a Fossil Garden and so much more. Don’t forget to check out the Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden while you’re there! The Edinburgh Zoo - a registered charity in Scotland - provides children of all ages opportunities to see animals you won’t see anyplace else!
If you love the idea of walking around Edinburgh, you will not be disappointed. The area lends itself well to walking, biking or hiking - Holyrood Park which was created by King James VI appears to be the Scottish landscape but in miniature! You’ll love seeing the Salisbury Crags, Arthur’s Seat and the various lochs located here. If you’re looking for something to walk along, check out the Royal Mile or head over to Arthur’s Seat (an extinct volcano).
There are various festivals which run year round in Edinburgh, you’ll want to check your travel plans early and find out which ones are active when you’re there. Cinemas in Edinburgh offer foreign language films, mainstream films and alternative films if you find yourself with nothing to do on a gloomy day!
A food lovers delight - Edinburgh offers a wide variety of restaurants including French, vegetarian, seafood, Chinese, Indian - all of them with offerings sure to keep you within budget (unless you want to splurge!). You can’t possibly go to Scotland without taking a taste of some of the local whiskey offerings - The Whisky Museum offers more than 200 different whiskeys - one of them is sure to please your palate!
Edinburgh offers a variety of night spots, from themed pubs to sports pubs to the more traditional pubs like Nicol Edwards which is made up of huge rooms, dance halls and offers nightly entertainment. This like many other pubs stays open until 3am offering you plenty of opportunity to move from one pub or club to another!