Here in Edinburgh we have a unique way of telling the time, at precisely 1300 everyday (exuding Sundays) we fire a cannon from the castles ramparts. The tradition began in 1861 to provide ships in the Firth of Forth with an audible time signal.
This started off as a bucket list, a basic list of things to do in Edinburgh, However as it grew I changed it to 101 things to do in Edinburgh. There will be some nonsense on this list, aye. perhaps I have repeated somethings, let me know add stuff to the comments. so here we are:
‘101 Things to do in Edinburgh’
- Hike up Arthurs seat – there are several routes to the summit
- Feed the swans at dunsapie loch
- In Fact hike to the top of all seven hills in Edinburgh, Braid Hills; Blackford Hills; Craiglockart Hill; Corstorphine Hill; Calton Hill; Pentland Hills and of Course Arthurs Seat.
- Walk Through Hollyrood Park
- Edinburgh Festival hardcore – three/four shows a day
- Edinburgh Festival late night show 1am – 5am (with drinks after)
- Camera Obscura World of illusions
- Edinburgh Festival Tatoo
- Edinburgh Festival Fireworks concert
- Eat A deep Fried mars bar
- Walk Through Princes Street Gardens
- have a chippie with the proper Edinburgh chippie sauce
- Eat at one of our Michelin star restaurants
- Play a game of Skittles at the Sheep’s heid pub (the oldest in Scotland c1360)
- Ghost Tours. Mercat Tours
- City of the Dead Tour
- Underground Blair Street Vaults
- Mary King’s Close
- Get Up to the crown of St Giles’ Cathedral
- See the hand carved passage ways at Gilmerton Cove
- Spit on Heart of Midlothian (old toll booth)
- Watch an Edinburgh Derby game
- Visit Edinburgh Castle
- Remember the National War museum is at the castle.
- See the One O’clock gun be fired
- Palace Of Hollyroodhouse
- Visit Lauriston Castle
- Visit Craigmillar Castle
- Visit the Scottish Parliament
- John Knox House
- An Ice Cream & Beer on Portobello Beach
- Head out to Crammon Island (be careful with the tide Times)
- Crammond Beach
- Boat trip to Inchcolm Island
- Edinburgh Zoo Penguin Parade
- Stockbridge Sunday farmers market.
- Ride the big Christmas wheel
- Ice skate Christmas wonderland
- Hogmanay Street Party.
- Royal Botanical Gardens
- Don’t Rub greyfriars bobby nose
- Wander through Greyfriars kirkyard
- If you must Rub a statue – David Hume’s Toe
- Catch a premier at the International Film Festival
- Royal highland show
- Yaught Britannia
- See Rosslyn Chapel
- Edinburgh Zoo – See the Penguin Parade
- Pet a pig at Gorgie Farm
- Ride a tram
- Our Dynamic Earth
- Cameo cinema late night double bill
- Dominian cinema – film of a sofa!
- National Museum of Scotland
- International Book Festival
- Museum of Childhood
- Museum of Edinburgh
- Museum of Flight
- Writers Museum
- Walk through the Meadows
- Walk Through Inverleith park
- Walk Through Figgatte park
- Scale the Scott Monument (287 steps)
- Scale Nelsons Monument (143 steps)
- Scottish National Galleries
- Scottish National Portrait Gallery
- The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
- Sample some whisky at the scotch whisky experience
- A walk down the water of Leith walkway
- Visit Gladstone’s land – oldest 17th century tenement building
- The Writers Museum
- Look through a telescope at the Observatory
- Beltane fire festival
- Samhuinn Fire Festival
- Hogmanay Torchlight Procession
- Walk Down the colorful Victoria Street
- Drinks at the Grass market.
- Helicopter Scenic Tour
- Boat tours under The Forth Bridges
- Stadium Tours (Murrayfeild, Tynecastle and Easter Road)
- Catch a film at the Brass Monkey – Big Sofas and beer – nuf saif!
- See some anatomy at the Surgeons’ Hall Museum
- Canongate Kirkyard – Adam smith burred here
- Go to the Farmers Market, Castle Street every Saturday
- The Museum on the Mound – see £1,000,000 in front of you
- visit the City Art Center
- Climb a wall at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena – the largest indoor climbing wall in the world
- Mibee there is something on at the Royal Scottish Academy
- Didn’t know this existed until today – Georgian House on Charlotte Square
- Look at contemporary art at Fruitmarket Gallery
- Beltane Fire Festival, once a year – the evening before 1 May
- Samhuinn Fire Festival, Once a year – usually the last day of Autumn
- Torchlight procession, Once a year 30th December
- Winter wonderland, attractions and different markets
- Edinburgh Dungeon
- Check out the quirky Morningside Wild West
- Many closes of the Royal Mile, check the picturesque Whitehorse close
- Find the hidden Garden off the Royal Mile – Dunbar Close Garden
- Spend some time at Leith Shore
- Like Harry Potter? go to Elephant House Cafe
- The People’s Story Museum
So there you go 101 Things to do in Edinburgh! – I’ve probably left out some good stuff, can we expand this list – any suggestions, edits mention in the comments.
Tourist Attractions on the Royal Mile Edinburgh, this mile long street has numerous attractions, not just for tourists. Starting on Castlehill (West End) I will go down the Royal Mile (High Street) through the lawn market ending up on the on the other end at the Cannongae (East End) pointing out what I think may or may not be worth a visit. I do realize that this has been done many times, but here is my take… Not included pricing, that changes all to often, but web links are there.
1) Edinburgh Castle
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, United Kingdom
The Castle, built atop of a volcanic rock this dominates the Edinburgh skyline and probably the first place to visit for many tourists. A wee bit pricy around £16 for an adult, but certainly worth a visit. It’s Home to Edinburgh’s oldest building ‘St Margaret’s Chapel’ this was built in the 12th century, Mons Meg a huge 17th Century siege cannon, the National war museum.
2) Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
549 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND
This is a brilliant quirky thing to see, about 150 years old, inside the Victorian rooftop you get to see moving images of around the city through a periscope, even flip and move people around. on your way up you will see many things that will play with your mind. Oh its also worth mentioning that this is that they claim to be Edinburgh’s oldest attraction
3) The Scotch Whisky Experience
354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE
You can’t come to Scotland without trying some of our fine Whisky’s, learn how its made, participate in some tasting and smell the aromas. Remember though in Scotland its Whisky not Whisk
4) The Hub
Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
The Hub is a central source of information on all the Edinburgh Festivals. Its Gothic spire one of the highest point in central Edinburgh
5) Gladstone’s Land
477B Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2NT
Easy to miss, this is a building with historic significance a 17th century high-tenement house. Edinburgh used to be so crammed together in the old town with this style of building.
6) Heart of Midlothian
367-377 High St, Edinburgh
This heart-shaped mosaic, formed in coloured granite setts is built into the pavement just outside St Giles’ Cathedral marks the spot of the 15th-century Old Tolbooth, this was the main municipal building in the city of Edinburgh for more than 400 years. This Tolbooth was also the Edinburgh’s main gaol where public execution and torture were conducted.
7) St Giles’ Cathedral
High St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1RE
St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh.
8) Mercat Cross
Parliament Square next to St Giles Kirk.
Not the original location of the Mercat cross, original a little further down, demolished 1756, rebuilt in this location around 1880. The Mercat cross was a place for important civic announcements, punishment and sometimes executions.
9) Tron Kirk
9 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW
The Tron Kirk is a former parish church, It is a well-known landmark on the Royal Mile. It was built in the 17th.
10) Museum Of Childhood
42 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TG
This is a nice place, take some time and look around some old children’s toys, perhaps experience some nostalgia. Surprising quite a lot to look at spanning several floors
11) John Knox House
43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR
This is an historic house reputed to have been owned, lived in by Protestant reformer John Knox during the 16th century
12) Cannongate kirk
153 Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 8BN
The Kirk of the Canongate, or Canongate Kirk, serves the Parish of Canongate in Edinburgh’s Old Town,
13) Museum Of Edinburgh
142-146 Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 8DD
The Museum of Edinburgh, is a museum housing a collection relating to the town’s origins, history and legends
14) Scottish Parliament Building
Edinburgh EH99 1SP, United Kingdom
This is the home of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, Construction of the building commenced in June 1999 formal opening took place on 9 October 2004. it is open to visitors Monday to Saturday and is free of charge to visit
15) Holyrood Palace
Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Disappointingly photographs inside are not permitted
Get yourself down to the The Great Exhibition @ Surgeons’ Hall – History of Surgery Museum
as it closes on 18 May 2014 until Summer 2015.
Surgeons;’ Hall Museum will be closed for redevelopment from 18 May 2014 until Summer 2015.
On the 17th May 2014, we will be celebrating the Museum as it was and giving you the chance to create artworks and express your views about your favourite parts of the Museum.
Try your hand at architectural drawing, pathology modelling, forensic skull drawing and bookmaking. There will be a chance to display your artwork in the Museum for public vote, special guests will be appearing and the evening will end with a very special musical performance.
Entry and activities will be free-of-charge all day. Art classes are suitable for all ages and levels (under 12s should be accompanied to the art classes by an adult).
More info on their site link