Are you planning to pay a visit to the city of Edinburgh, Scotland in the future? If so, and this is your first time, then there are some amazing things to see and do that you probably aren’t aware of. There are some must-see attractions for everyone, but Edinburgh is full of hidden treasures that will make your trip memorable for years to come. We have some tips on places to see and things to do that you may want to research further before blocking your itinerary. Here are the top 20 things to do in Edinburgh for beginners.
20. Visit Caton Hill
Caton Hill is the famous favorite viewpoint of writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Fans are drawn to the site from all over the world. It has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it was one of the author’s favorite places. You will understand why when you take in the panoramic view it offers of Edinburgh. You can see many of the city’s attractions from the lookout point and it’s a great place to start your sightseeing adventures. It’s not far from the Waverly train station, so whether you book a tour or decide to go on your own, it won’t be hard to find.
19. Go to Arthur’s Seat
Arthur’s Seat is another popular tourist attraction found within Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park. This is the highest point of the place that rises 800 feet above sea level and also offers spectacular views of the city and its surroundings. We recommend it to anyone who loves panoramic views of local attractions, as well as a breathtaking view of the sea. This is a recommended trail for healthy people who don’t mind a good hike uphill because it takes a bit to get to the top. There are tons of walking trails on the site that was once a volcano.
18. Tour the Royal Botanical Garden
The Royal Botanical Garden is the ideal place for tourists to spend an hour or so taking a break from a busy tourist itinerary. It is a quiet place to relax and admire the 70 acres of botanical delights. There are more than 3,000 exotic plants in addition to several garden houses, each with its own climate zones. Some of the most beautiful flowers in the world can be found in the Royal Botanical Gardens. Outside, there are some amazing giant sequoias growing in the Woodland Garden right next door.
17. Tour the National Museum of Scotland.
The National Museum of Scotland is filled with over twenty thousand historical artifacts. This is a huge museum filled with interesting exhibits including archaeological finds including a T. Rex skeleton, a sheep exhibit, the first cloned mammal, and much more. This is a tour that you should plan to spend half a day on if you want to see everything. Entrance is absolutely free.
16. Visit the Palace of Holyrood House
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the residence of the Queen of Scots and is an important landmark with great historical significance. It served as a residence for a variety of notable Scottish royalty throughout history. It was the home of Mary, the Queen of Scots, Charles I, King George V, and others. We recommend scheduling a tour to learn interesting facts about the historical uses of each of the many rooms and galleries of the palace. There are some amazing portraits in the residence of the Kings of Scotland.
15. Walk the Royal Mile
This is a free activity that many tourists find interesting. You can take a tour on your own or take a guided tour that begins at Edinburgh Castle and concludes at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. This is Edinburgh’s main thoroughfare and the mile is packed with great attractions. It’s a great way to find new things to do and places to see. There are also some good places to eat along the way.
14. Tour the Royal Yacht Brittania
This is the ship on which Prince Charles and Princess Diana spent their honeymoon on board. The Duke and Duchess of York also spent time on board the ship. It has been a royal favorite for decades. Visitors can tour the ship with a comprehensive tour along with tea at the Royal Deck Tea Room and more. It is part of the recent history of Scotland.
13. Take the Scotch Whiskey Experience tour
This is one of the most recommended tours for newcomers to Edinburgh. It takes between one and two hours to discover the secrets of whiskey distillation. There are a variety of different tours to choose from. Some of them offer a barrel ride that takes you through the Scotch whiskey production process, as well as a …