EDINBURGH: ENCHANTING| MYSTICAL | MEDIEVAL

SEE & DO: MILITARY TATTOO

SEE & DO: MILITARY TATTOO

An international favorite, showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the globe.

SEE: THE PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE

SEE: THE PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE

The official residence of the British monarch in Scotland is open to the public at 9 30am daily with some closures in the summer.

SEE & DO: ST. GILES' CATHEDRAL

SEE & DO: ST. GILES' CATHEDRAL

Situated on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, is this historic church famed for its crown spire and the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle.

SEE & DO: HOLYROOD ABBEY

SEE & DO: HOLYROOD ABBEY

Adjacent to the palace, this ruined and roofless structure is an example of early English architecture, with some remains of the earlier Norman work.

SEE & DO: CAMERA OBSCURA

SEE & DO: CAMERA OBSCURA

Rooftop access provides 360° panoramas of Edinburgh while telescopes and binoculars offer close-up views of the city and far beyond.

SHOP: I.J. MELLIS CHEESEMONGER

SHOP: I.J. MELLIS CHEESEMONGER

Savor high quality farmhouse cheese, and a traditional, old fashioned sense of service and style.

SHOP: THE CHOCOLATE TREE

SHOP: THE CHOCOLATE TREE

Enjoy handmade organic chocolates, plus gourmet hot chocolate and coffee in a specialist cafe and shop.

SHOP: FUDGE HOUSE

SHOP: FUDGE HOUSE

Devour twenty-seven fabulous flavors all made by hand using a traditional recipe.

SHOP: CADENHEAD'S WHISKY

SHOP: CADENHEAD'S WHISKY

Purchase the best bottles of whisky, rums and cognacs, all from an individually selected cask.

DRINKS: THE KING'S WARK

DRINKS: THE KING'S WARK

A bar, nestled in the heart of Leith's Shore area, serving a wide selection of fine wines, malt whiskies, and traditional cask ales.

DRINKS: JOSEPH PEARCE'S

DRINKS: JOSEPH PEARCE'S

Joseph Pearce's is a landmark in Edinburgh and it has been a bar for 110 years.

DRINKS: OPAL LOUNGE

DRINKS: OPAL LOUNGE

A subterranean bar and nightclub with a luxurious and intimate ambience, serving the best drinks.

EAT: THE TOWER RESTAURANT

EAT: THE TOWER RESTAURANT

This rooftop restaurant, located above the National Museum of Scotland, offers seasonal Scottish fare in a fine dining setting, with views of Edinburgh Castle.

EAT: TIMBERYARD

EAT: TIMBERYARD

Locally-sourced artisanal produce featured in a trendy, industrial, warehouse.

EAT: THE GARDENER'S COTTAGE

EAT: THE GARDENER'S COTTAGE

Located in the heart of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site, this stone cottage with terraced gardens offers a communal set menu using sustainable local produce.

EAT: TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH BREAKFAST

EAT: TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH BREAKFAST

Start off the day with a robust meal of eggs, baked beans, sausage, grilled tomatoes and more.

STAY:THE WITCHERY

STAY:THE WITCHERY

Opened in 1979 by Chef James Thompson, this establishment, located on the Royal Mile near Edinburgh Castle is a hotel and a restaurant.

STAY: BALMORAL HOTEL

STAY: BALMORAL HOTEL

Situated at No. 1 Princes Street, where the Old Town stops and the New Town begins, this hotel’s majestic clock defines the city’s skyline and runs three minutes fast to ensure that train rides are never missed.

STAY: RADISSON BLU HOTEL

STAY: RADISSON BLU HOTEL

Located on the renowned Royal mile, in the heart of the capital's historic district, this hotel, affords guests easy access to attractions as well as elegant, well-appointed rooms.

STAY: GLASSHOUSE

STAY: GLASSHOUSE

Hidden behind the façade of the 160 year old Lady Glenorchy Church, many rooms within the hotel offer direct access to the 2-acre roof top garden, or balconies with views over Edinburgh City Center.

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, situated in Lothian on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth with largely preserved Old and New Towns.  There are castles, a palace, tunnels with vaults, and streets named Princes, Queen, and Great King in this fairy tale town.  One side of Princes Street is lined with fancy stores and the other side provides an unobstructed view of an enchanting castle, atop an extinct volcano.  Come for the medieval attractions and stay for the festivals, Michelin starred restaurants, colorful street performers and kilt-wearing bagpipers.  

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BEFORE YOU GO

Passports

Visas

Weather

Currency

Time Zone

Google Map

 

 

GETTING AROUND

Explore this charming little city on foot, bike, bus or tram.  To gallivant beyond the town and into the wider Lothians region, use the train or bus.

 

 

STAY

Elegantly appointed rooms with luxurious amenities can be found in hotels small and stately, old and new.  Some are architectural delights in their own right, with handsome views of the city while others are fancy bed and breakfasts.   

 

Balmoral Hotel

G&V Royal Mile Hotel

Radisson Blu Hotel

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

The Chester Residence

The Edinburgh Residence

The Glasshouse

The Witchery

 

 

EAT 

Indulge in the traditional hearty Scottish breakfast comprising of eggs, baked beans, sausage, grilled tomatoes and more.  Be sure to sample fare that is infamous to this region such as fish and chips, scotch pie, cranachan, black pudding and haggis.  Make room for the 5 Michelin-starred restaurants that proudly serve up innovative culinary delights.  One of them conveniently doubles up as a bed and breakfast.

 

21212 - Michelin Starred

Castle Terrace Restaurant - Michelin Starred

Gardener’s Cottage

Kilimanjaro - Coffee

Loudons Cafe and Bakery - Scottish Breakfast

Number One - Michelin Starred

Plumed Horse 

Restaurant Martin Wishart – Michelin Starred

The Edinburgh Larder - Scottish Breakfast

The Grainstore Restaurant

The Kitchin - Michelin Starred

The Magnum Restaurant and Bar

Oink

The Piemaker

The Scran & Scallie

The Ship on the Shore

The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar - Fish and Chips

Timberyard

Tower Restaurant

Wedgwood the Restaurant

DRINKS

The City of Edinburgh has more pubs and liquor licenses than any other council area in Scotland, so it is not too difficult to locate a watering hole.  Enjoy fancy cocktails, whiskey and wines in a variety of settings.

 

52 Canoes Tiki Den

99 Hanover Street Bar Edinburgh

Dragonfly Cocktail Bar and Function Room

Indigo Yard

Joseph Pearce's

The King’s Wark

Opal Lounge

Panda & Sons

The Devil's Advocate 

The Last Word Saloon

The Lioness of Leith

The Potting Shed

Whiski Bar

 

 

SEE & DO

Discover Edinburgh’s Old Towns which includes the medieval Royal Mile running from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  Then head to the neo-classical 18th century "New Town" which includes Princes Street.  Both towns are listed as one UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The Fringe Festival and Military Tattoo are not to be missed events, and if possible explore the greater Lothian region where underground passageways and chambers await the curious.

 

Camera Obscura

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Festival Guide

Holyrood Abbey

Inchcolm Abbey

Lauriston Castle

Maid of the Forth, Inchcolm Island

National Galleries of Scotland

Rosslyn Chapel

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

St. Giles' Cathedral

The Mystery of Gilmerton Cove

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Real Mary King's Close

 

 

SPA

There are several spas, located within luxury hotels that offer up some well-deserved pampering for weary travelers. 

 

One Spa

The Scotsman Hotel and Spa

The Spa at the Balmoral

 

 

SHOP

There are a wide range of small specialty shops, a farmer’s market, and Jenner’s, which is now known as House of Fraser, all selling a wide array of Scottish products. Stroll down Princes St., George St. and Multrees Walk to pick up some art, crafts, toiletries and artisan cheese, confectionery and souvenir bottles of fine Scottish alcohol.  

 

Cadenhead’s Whisky

Coco Chocolatier

Cranachan and Crowdie 

Edinburgh Farmers' Market

Fudge House

George Street

I.J. Mellis Cheesemonger

Multrees Walk

Pinnies and Poppyseeds 

Princes Street

The Chocolate Tree