A great place to begin exploring Edinburgh, with the castle on one end and Holyroodhouse on the other. Here you’ll find The Real Mary King’s Close, historical sites such as St Giles' Cathedral, wonderful shops and some of the best eating and drinking spots in the city.
World famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. See the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, and watch the one o’clock gun - every day except Sunday at 13:00 on the dot.
One of Edinburgh’s finest ghost tours, The Real Mary King’s Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces. A costumed tour guide takes you through the 400-year-old underground site, with tales of ghosts and murders, and myths and mysteries of plague victims being walled up and left to die. Tours run every 15 minutes from 10am throughout the year and prebooking is strongly recommended in advance for this popular attraction.
For those that are more outdoor-inclined, this walk is a tour of the park, visiting Salisbury Craigs, St. Anthony's Chapel, Arthur's Seat (251m) and Dunsapie Loch. The walk starts opposite the Palace of Holyroodhouse, climbing immediately and steeply to follow a path directly below the impressive Salisbury Crags, an imposing sight when viewed from the centre of the city. You then climb up Arthur’s Seat, from where all of Edinburgh can be seen, as well as much of East Lothian, Midlothian and across the Firth of Forth to Fife.
If you’d rather take in a film, at almost one hundred years old, The Cameo is one of the oldest surviving cinemas in Scotland, and it is the only one with most of the original décor intact. Special screenings, classic film Fridays, and a bar that is often packed on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Edinburgh Dungeon is an 80 minute walkthrough through 1000 years of Scotland 's horrible history. You will laugh and scream as you encounter live actor shows, gripping storytelling, exciting rides and thrilling special effects. It's based on real history and legend (minus the boring bits) where you come face-to-face with sinister characters from Scotland's gruesome past, including murderous twosome Burke and Hare and Scotland's Warrior Hero William Wallace.
Just a mile from the centre of town, refresh your senses and explore the riches of the green kingdom at one of the world's finest botanic gardens. Journey through warmer climes in the Glasshouses or discover contemporary art at Inverleith House.
Once a medieval market place and site for public executions, the Grassmarket area is now a vibrant meeting place bursting with lively drinking spots and eclectic shops, loved by students, tourists and professionals alike. As with all of Edinburgh, be sure to look up to appreciate the medieval architecture and stunning views of the castle.