What is there to see and do in Edinburgh?

February 10, 2020

Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, steeped with so much history. It’s certainly is a favourite destination of mine. I actually visited twice last year but what is there to see and do in Edinburgh?

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1.Edinburgh castle

One of the greatest tourist attractions, if not the greatest, is Edinburgh castle. The castle is famous in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is known to have been the royal residence of King Malcolm Canmore and Queen Margaret from the 11th Century. The castle has a rich history that still inspires many to this day, as well as holding national symbols that are important to the country and its people, like the Stone of Destiny and the Honors of Scotland. 

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2.The Real Mary King’s Close

The Real Mary King’s Close is a mysterious warren of underground hidden streets frozen in time. They are situated underneath the Royal Mile, which is where the city of Edinburgh’s darkest secrets are buried. It, therefore, makes for an interesting visit if you are into old-time thrills. 

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3.The Princess Street Gardens

Situated in the heart of the city, between the Old and the New Town is the Princess Street Gardens. These gardens are a beautiful place to relax and soak in the beautiful nature of Edinburgh before getting on to other activities in the city, or even after a long day of hustle and bustle around the city. The gardens are a beautiful place to visit during any season of the year; during summer you can soak up the sun and have a picnic, or even take a walk around as you view the floral clock as well as several statues that litter the park. During winter and Christmas, you can visit one of several stalls that offer delicious mulled cider that ought not to disappoint. To help you relax even further, you can get the services of Stasher in the city, where you can store your luggage as you take in the sites in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. 

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4.World of Illusions 

Camera Obscura is a tourist attraction in Edinburgh that has been active since 1835. The site has five floors of optical illusions, tricks, and puzzles that will keep you occupied for hours. You can easily look over passersby on the road as well as get a beautiful panoramic view of the city through the old observatory, while you explore the themed rooms with interactive exhibits. You can also visit their gift shop which contains a plethora of unusual gifts. As a bonus, tickets for the Camera Obscura are valid for a whole day, so you can take breaks and enjoy the illusions all day long. 

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5.Drink Whiskey

If you are a whiskey lover, you would do yourself a huge injustice if you visited Edinburgh and did not sample some of the finest Scottish whiskey. You should visit one of the numerous top-notch whiskey bars in the city or even better, you can join the Scotch Whiskey Experience for an exclusive initiation into the world of Scotch. As you do this, you will open up your world to the process of making fine whiskeys, learn about some of the history in the making of this fine beverage and get a first-hand view of the world’s largest collection, all while getting to sample some drums of unique whiskey flavours and smell their aromas.


*This is a collaborative post

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