“This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.”
― Alexander McCall Smith
One visit to Edinburgh and you know this quote by a resident writer does a ‘more than great’ job of capturing the spirit of Edinburgh in words. Which makes the idea of ‘Tourism in Edinburgh Scotland’ so irresistible.
Where else will you find one of the oldest castles in the world occupied since the last 700 years, the biggest monument dedicated to a writer in the world, indulge in the world-famous Scotch Whiskey experience, say hello to UK’s only giant pandas, see a massive, rotating boat lift live in action and more, in just one city?
Read below to find out the top places for tourism in Edinburgh Scotland:-
1. Edinburgh Castle
Location: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK
Make sure you visit the most iconic building in the country, believed to be occupied since the Bronze age. The castle, sitting on top of an extinct volcano is the biggest tourist attraction in all of Scotland, and offers some of the best panoramic viewpoints to take in this gorgeous city.
2. Falkirk Wheel
Location: Lime Rd, Tamfourhill, Falkirk FK1 4RS, UK
Have you ever seen a giant boat lift in action? Head out to the Falkirk Wheel, to see this impressive and downright captivating feat of engineering in motion. Once there, you also get to see the world’s largest equine sculpture – the Kelpies, and can choose to participate in a range of activities right from boating, fishing and paddling, to walking, running, and cycling, and even experience living on water!
3. The Scott Monument
Location: E. Princes St Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, UK
Visit the largest monument in the world dedicated to a writer; based rightly out of Scotland, home to a lot of great literary legends. Named after the famous Scott writer, Sir Walter Scott, this monument stands as an incredible symbol to the powerful art of writing and for those who pursue it, all around the world. This Victorian gothic monument was inaugurated in 1846, and stands in the Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh.
4. The Scotch Whisky Experience
Location: 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, UK
Scotch lovers of the world, attention! Here is an unforgettable experience that will make you feel like you have landed in heaven. A five-star attraction awaits you in Edinburgh – home to the best Scotch Whisky in the world. Here you can indulge in whisky tastings, and watch the entire process of making whiskey, by enrolling at a one-day whiskey school. You can also gift this experience to a loved one.
There are several different tours to choose from, ranging from silver to platinum.
For a unique eating experience try out Haggis, Scotland’s most famous dish.
5. Edinburgh Zoo
Location: 134 b Corstorphine Rd, Edinburgh EH12 6TS, UK
Go say hello to Tian Tian and Yang Guang, two giant pandas who are the current super-stars of the Edinburgh Zoo. Located on Corstorphine hill, the zoo is home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals. The zoo lures tourists with diverse zones such as Budongo Trail, Living Links Penguin Rocks, Wallaby outbacks, and even a daily ‘Animal Antics’ show, making it the second most popular tourist attraction in all of Scotland.
Best time to visit Edinburgh is between June through August.
6. National Museum of Scotland
Location: Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, UK
If you want to learn about Scotland from the best source, make your way to the National Museum of Scotland; one of the most-visited art museums in the world. Inaugurated in 1866, the museum displays artefacts encompassing science, art, technology, archaeology, and numerous other fields. Don’t forget to check out the crowd favourites like Elton John’s lavish suits, a sculpture of Millennium clock, and the Maiden, an all-time favourite.
7. Blair Street Underground Vaults
Location: Mercat House, 28 Blair St, Edinburgh EH1 1QR, UK
Tired of the same old, boring tours and attractions? Try out something new with a guided tour to the Blair street underground vaults. On this thrilling day-tour, you will follow a hooded guide down the ancient underground vaults of the city, who will regale you with tales of real, unusual, dark stories originating within the vaults, that will give you the creeps.