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Attractions

Below are just a few Edinburgh attractions that are not to be missed. Hop-on a city tour bus to get the lay of the land, and feel free to ask our Apartments office staff for suggestions on adventures off the beaten track.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, the heart of Scotland for over 1,000 years; a historic fortress which dominates the city skyline. Well defended on its volcanic crag, it has been occupied since prehistoric times. By the medieval era it was an important royal residence, and the city growing around it became the nation’s capital. www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk

The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting the Castle, perched on volcanic rock, to Holyroodhouse, resting in the shadow of Arthur's Seat. The Royal Mile is overlooked by towering tenements, between which cobbled closes, wynds and narrow stairways interlock to create a secret underground world. www.royal-mile.com

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Visit the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty the Queen. In 1503, James IV built the first royal palace on the site, and Holyroodhouse became the main royal residence in Scotland. The 4-hectare Palace gardens are encircled by the Queen’s park and set against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat. www.royalcollection.org.uk

Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat

Experience the Scottish Highlands with a hill walk in the heart of the city. Holyrood Park emcompasses Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags, with extensive parkland complete with lochs and a chapel ruin. Hike up Radical Road and continue to the top of Arthur's Seat for fabulous views in all directions. An oasis of calm in our busy city. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

Calton Hill

Calton Hill

Edinburgh's Calton Hill is set in the city centre at the end of Princes Street. Its Athenian acropolis is unmistakable in the city skyline. This is a quiet place to come on any day, with grassy slopes and a panoramic outlook perfect for a wee picnic break. Once you have your second wind, be sure to climb the stairs of Nelson Monument for the best views in the city. www.ewht.org.uk

Our Dynamic Earth

Our Dynamic Earth

A 5 star family experience that takes you on a journey through time to witness the story of Earth. Through interactive exhibits and a 4D film you feel the heat of a volcano, face the chill of polar ice, and fly across the globe before landing in a tropical rainforest.  Dynamic Earth is home to Scotland’s only 360 degree dome film theatre. Kids love it! www.dynamicearth.co.uk

Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens

There can’t be many cities in the world where the foremost shopping street has uninterrupted views of a medieval castle, but that’s Edinburgh's Princes Street. Don’t miss a stroll through the charming Princes Street Gardens nestled below, with the castle jutting from the rocky hill above. Includes an excellent play park for kids! www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk

Grassmarket

Grassmarket

Once a medieval market place and site for public executions, Grassmarket is an area buzzing with historic pubs, fantastic restaurants and eclectic gift shops. Its medieval architecture, stunning castle views and vibrant atmosphere make it one of the Edinburgh’s most-loved areas. Don't miss the weekly Saturday food market. www.greatergrassmarket.co.uk

George Street & New Town

George Street & New Town

Upmarket George Street is filled with sophisticated designer shops, chic bars and restaurants. Tall statues line the street, ending with the tower at St Andrews Square. Dundas Street and Broughton Street in New Town are home to galleries, antique shops and independent boutiques, all located in lovely Georgian buildings. www.edinburghguide.com

National Galleries of Scotland

National Galleries of Scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland are comprised of three galleries, with a collection of fine art is that amongst the best in the world. The Scottish National Gallery, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art offer free entry and are family friendly. www.nationalgalleries.org

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

You can spend the day in the National Museum of Scotland, with galleries exploring the natural world, Scottish art and history, and newly installed interactive galleries for children. This impressive building is located on Chambers Street a short stroll from the Royal Mile and adjacent to the famous Greyfriars Bobby. www.nms.ac.uk

The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Located near the castle, the Scotch Whisky Experience takes you on a sensational journey complete with a swirling barrel ride through a replica distillery. Along the way you’ll hear stories behind this magical craft, with expert whisky advisors with you every sip of the way. Whisky tasting optional. www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk