Edinburgh is one of those cities where you’ll never run out of things to do and new places to explore.
Things to see and do in Edinburgh
First off, Edinburgh Castle, sitting high on its volcanic rock overlooking the city, is one of the best attractions to visit. Not only do you get fantastic views, you’ll learn about the past of the city, the people that lived in the castle and of course, all about the royals as well as a chance to see the Scottish Crown Jewels.
Carlton Hill is a UNESCO World Heritage Site sitting high above the city. Here you can see the National Monument, the City Observatory, the Robert Burns Monument and fantastic views of the coast. Arthur’s Seat is another highpoint and a must if you’re a walker. Edinburgh was built on a now-extinct volcano, and Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of a collection of hills forming Holyrood Park.
Once you’ve seen Edinburgh from its highest points, venture underground at the Real Mary Kings Close. The tour takes you down into a series of preserved streets underneath the Royal Mile and tells the story of the poorest inhabitants of the city in the 17th century and the challenges they faced.
Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is one of the city's most famous streets, running through the Old Town, leading to Edinburgh Castle. There are plenty of shops to explore as you walk the mile and of course, the odd bagpipe player. A walking tour is a great way to cover off many of the tourist hotspots in the city such as the Scott Monument, Greyfriars Bobby, locations related to Harry Potter, and Grassmarket.
A little outside of the city, you’ll find Edinburgh Zoo which makes for a great family day out, and you’ll get to glimpse the world-renowned pandas in their enclosure.
Where to stay in Edinburgh
Our Dunbar Club Site is a 45-minute drive away from Edinburgh. Just a short walk to the seaside, Dunbar has plenty to explore nearby but is close enough to the city to make a few day trips in and explore.