Edinburgh has a lot of green open space. Princes street Gardens, I also was sitting under a tree in the shadow of the castle, watching the world go by, it’s a very popular place and It’s awfy Bonny.
But it Wouldn’t have always been like this, up until the 19th century this was the castles northern-defence – aka the Nor’ Loch, and by all accounts a disgusting cesspool – it was polluted with wastage and where the guilty(?) were punished.
Taken from the Castle Esplanade, looking down Castlehill & The Royal Mile we can see – Ramsay Garden (Nice apartments if you can afford it), – Camera Obscura formally Outlook Tower (small Observatory dating from 1850), The Crown Of St. Giles Cathedral and the Hub (an old Church now home of the International Festival)
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)
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
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
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
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.
We all are aware the Edinburgh castle is our city’s most popular tourist attraction; the massive medieval fortress sitting atop of a volcanic rock is impressive to say the least. However Edinburgh has more than just one castle. here are Edinburgh’s Other Castles
2 Cramond Road South, Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh EH4 6AD.
Head out towards crammond and you can find Lauriston Castle; this is a 16th century tower house with 19th century extensions overlooking the Firth of Forth, with some cracking views. You can access the castle via guided tours. Within the grounds is a very nice Japanese garden, this is the Edinburgh-Kyoto Friendship Garden, opened in 2002 to celebrate the twinning with Kyoto Prefecture.
Craigmillar Castle Rd, Edinburgh EH16 4SY
Lets be honest, lauriston Castle doesn’t really look like a castle at all, where as Craigmillar looks like a classic. The old medieval ruins of this 14th century castle is how many in-vision a castle to be, Craigmillar is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Scotland, it’s tower house is one of the oldest in Scotland, from where you can get some stunning panoramic views of the city. This castle is about 3 miles southeast of the city center.