Scotland’s beautiful capital city is an enchanting place for a holiday. From the fascinating Dynamic Earth and Camera Obscura to the iconic Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, there are a wide range of attractions to discover. The Royal Mile gives a fascinating insight into the city’s history, with its cobbled streets, closes and access to Edinburgh’s vaults. One of the attractions of Edinburgh is its parks and gardens: even in the heart of the city, you are never far from wide open spaces where you can take in amazing views, or just relax and enjoy the great outdoors. If you’re feeling energetic, you can climb Arthur’s Seat for breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
If you’re planning to visit in the summer months, find out more about Edinburgh’s Festivals.
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Play on the oldest short-hole golf course in the world for free
Believed to be the oldest short-hole course in the world, the Bruntsfield Links course was created in 1895. You play for free, just bring your own clubs and balls, or you can hire them at the Golf Tavern on the edge of the links. Enjoy lovely views over the meadows towards the city centre.
Pentland Peaks hiking route
A spectacular walking route over the summits taking in some of the most famous Pentland peaks with views to the Moorfoots, Edinburgh, the Forth & the Highland mountains. The route winds up from Eastside over the Kips, Scald Law & Carnethy finishing at Flotterstone pub for a well earned pint!
A Covenanter RIP
Tramp the Pentland Hills in search of the Covenanter's Grave. Follow sheep paths in this wild, almost desolate landscape, maybe disturb a grouse. At NT077523 you'll light upon the Covenanter's Grave, a stone erected in 1841 in memory of a covenanter buried after the battle of Rullion Green 1666.