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Highlights of Edinburgh

Explore these unmissable attractions in Scotland's capital - one of Europe's most atmospheric and beautiful cities
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  There's something seductive about Edinburgh. Nature and elemental forces have scoured and scooped the volcanic rock on which the city ... more »

Tips:  Be sure to carry a waterproof or windcheater - even on the sunniest day, sudden downpours are frequent, and hailstones can suddenly... more »

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Points of Interest

There’s a well-known 17th-century print of Edinburgh that shows the city looking like a skeletal herring, with wynds and alleys (or ‘closes’) radiating from the central spine like bones. Edinburgh castle, sitting atop a monumental plug of volcanic rock, is the piscine head and effortlessly dominates the city. The monumental volcanic plug of the... More


There's only one exit from the castle, so head through the monumental entrance, through the Esplanade and onto Castlehill. After a short stroll to your left you'll find the towering building that houses Edinburgh's venerable Camera Obscura, now teamed with a World of Illusions that plays with perception using all the tricks of more recent... More

3. The West Bow and Victoria Street

Continue down Castlehill, turn right at Upper Bow and walk until you reach the railing and arcading that denotes Victoria Terrace, the upper level of the curious, curving and picturesque two-tier street that snakes up from the Grassmarket to George IV Bridge. Steps will lead you down to a charming street lined with quirky, unusual and high-end... More

If the castle paints a picture of what life was like for medieval royals, aristocrats and their prisoners, you can get a better grip on the reality of life for ordinary folk thanks to the strange historical anomaly that is Mary King's Close.

The closes that spur off the Royal Mile give some idea of the city's layout in those days, but modern... More

Scotland's flagship museum has recently had a multi-million-pound makeover, and has been winning rave reviews. It is the UK's most-visited attraction outside London. The much-extended Victorian building is designed in the style of an Italianate palace, and the soaring, light-flooded Grand Gallery with its balconies and glazed roof is unexpectedly ... More


There's a little bit of the voyeur in most of us, and Edinburgh offers a delicious opportunity to indulge that vice in the shape of the decommissioned former Royal Yacht Britannia, now berthed beside the Ocean Terminal shopping mall, which houses the yacht's visitor centre.

Displays in the visitor centre and hand-held audio guides combine to... More