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Unlock the magic of Edinburgh

Centuries of history throb beneath this modern metropolis. Home to picturesque shopping streets, grand scenery, and the best arts festival in the UK, Edinburgh is a beautiful and engaging city. Take a tour to discover more.

Attractions in Edinburgh

The Royal Mile
The picturesque historic thoroughfare of the Old Town of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Castle
For nearly 1000 years Edinburgh Castle has shaped Scottish history as both a royal residence and a military stronghold.
Princes Street Gardens
The lovely Princes Street Gardens lie in a valley previously occupied by the North Loch, drained during the construction of the New Town of Edinburgh.
St Giles’ Cathedral
St Giles’ Cathedral has been at the spiritual heart of Edinburgh for over 900 years.
George Heriot's School
An outstanding example of Scots Renaissance architecture, now known worldwide as a mecca for Harry Potter fans.
Scottish National Gallery
The Scottish National Gallery is home to the country's spectacular collection of fine art.
John Knox House
Rumoured to have been the home of the 16th century Protestant reformer, this historic house tells the story of the Reformation and life in Edinburgh 400 years ago.
Museum of Edinburgh
Edinburgh's treasure box - a maze of historic rooms full of objects from the capital’s past.
Holyrood Palace
Holyrood Palace is the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland.
Calton Hill
Crammed with monuments, Calton Hill is part of Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers splendid views over the city.
Scottish Parliament Building
The first in almost 300 years of history, the home of the Scottish Parliament is the most controversial building in Scotland.
Parliament Square
The historic hub of the Old Town of Edinburgh.
Royal Mile Closes
The Closes of the Royal Mile are historic narrow alleyways named after their owners.
Stirling Castle
Looming grandly from the crag of Castle Hill, Stirling Castle is one of the Scotland's most important and impressive castles.
Wallace Monument
This Victorian Gothic tower commemorates William Wallace, the 13th-century hero who fought for Scottish independence.
The Trossachs National Park
The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park is known for its beautiful lochs, flora and fauna, woodland parks and beaches.
Loch Katrine
A picturesque loch set in the centre of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, fictionalised in Sir Walter Scott's 'The Lady of the Lake.'
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park
Escape to a wild Scottish landscape of mountains, moorlands, forests, rivers and lochs.
Rosslyn Chapel
Scotland's medieval masterpiece is among its most beautiful heritage attractions.
Roslin Castle
A grand semi-ruined castle overlooking the River Esk.
Melrose Abbey
Now part-ruined, lavish Melrose Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery in Scotland, founded in 1136.
Scott's View
One of the favourite views of Sir Walter Scott, overlooking the valley of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders.
William Wallace Statue
A huge monument to the ‘Guardian of Scotland,’ with a great view over the Lowlands.
Glenkinchie Distillery
A wonderful whisky distillery offering tours for a unique taste of Scotland's 'water of life.'
Charlotte Square
This prestigious square is the architectural jewel of the New Town.
Nicolson's Cafe / Spoon
Claimed to be the birthplace of Harry Potter, Nicolson's Cafe has now been replaced by Spoons.
Elephant House
Go inside and sit at Rowling's favourite table!
Greyfriars Kirkyard
For over five centuries, Greyfriars Kirkyard has been home to hauntings and wizards. Look out for McGonagall or something more spine-chilling, like one Tom Riddle.
George Heriot’s School / Hogwarts
Spot as many similarities as you can between George Heriot’s School and Hogwarts!
Glencoe
Glen Coe - a scenic landscape - was the site of a massacre in the Jacobine uprising of the 17th century. Today it is one of the country’s most beautiful and visited glens for its sweeping vistas.
Loch Ness
Home to the mythical monster, Nessa, Loch Ness has become a "must see" for anyone privy to the legend and eager to spot her for themselves.
Cairngorms National Park
One of Scotland's largest national parks, Balmoral Castle is tucked away inside its hills.
Fort William
Resting in the shadow of Ben Nevis - the UK's highest peak, Fort William is one of Scotland's popular western highland towns.
Loch Lomond
Situated in the heart of the Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond is one of Scotland's fresh water lochs and is dotted with tiny islands.
Grassmarket
Situated below Edinburgh Castle, the Grassmarket area was not only used for trading throughout the centuries but also for public executions.
Wee dram of Scottish whisky
Beware of any Scotsperson who invites you out for a 'wee dram', as no local has ever actually limited themselves to a 'wee dram.'
Dean Village
Located below Edinburgh Castle to the northwest, Dean Village is a quaint neighborhood with picturesque landscapes and idyllic pubs.
The Dean Bridge
Located at the heart of historic Dean Village, the bridge has come to be as much a picture spot as a transport link.
Rose Street
Famous for centuries of drinking establishments, Rose Street is one of Edinburgh's most famous places for a pub crawl or a few after-work drinks.
Dirty Dick's
Over the last century, Dirty Dick's has become an establishment of myth. Enjoy its candlelit ambiance and traditional amber ales.
Midhope Castle
Midhope Castle is a 16th-century tower house in Scotland, featured as a location in the Outlander TV series.
Blackness Castle
This 15th-century fortress stands on a rocky spit in the Firth of Forth, best known as 'the ship that never sailed'.
Culross
Culross is a village and former royal burgh, and parish, in Fife, and one of Scotland's most picturesque villages, often used as a film and television location.
Linlithgow Palace
Linlithgow Palace was the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots and one of the principal residences of the monarchs of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its magnificent ruins are set in a park beside a loch rich in wildlife.
Falkland
Nestled amongst the Scottish Highlands, lies the quiet Scottish village of Falkland with its streets lined with stone cottages, used to portray the city of Inverness.
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