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Things to do in Edinburgh – Part 1

Things to do in Edinburgh – Part 1

Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, was once dubbed  Auld Reekie (Old Smoky) and later, The Athens of the North. Today’s Edinburgh is smoke free but culture rich – a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is host to the world famous Edinburgh Festival and the sell-out Military Tattoo. Don’t worry if you can’t get tickets for either, there are so many things to do in Edinburgh you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Top of the list of things to do in Edinburgh has got to be a visit to Edinburgh Castle, the iconic fortress that dominates the city skyline. Highlights include the the Scottish Crown Jewels, The Stone of Destiny, St. Margaret’s Chapel – the oldest building in Edinburgh, and the Royal Palace. Tickets for Edinburgh Castle can be combined with those for other attractions in the city, and fast track tickets are also available.  Don’t miss the 1 o’clock gun – fired every day except Sunday, a tradition that began in 1861.

Edinburgh Castle park daytime

Edinburgh also has it’s fair share of mystery and tales of the supernatural, and an Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour will take you to sites of murders, execution and torture (check out 365 ticket special mid-week offer) with no gory details spared – older kids will love it!  They may also enjoy a visit to the Edinburgh Dungeon – the perfect mix of horror and dark comedy, or Mercat Tours, which reveal the secrets of Edinburgh’s murky past. These walking tours are run by local historians who really know their stuff – day and night tours through Blair Street’s underground vaults (haunted, of course!) are available, as well as tours along the Royal Mile, through the closes, hidden courtyards and narrow winding streets of the Old Town, with the option of a guided visit to Edinburgh Castle.

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Kate Quigley

Kate Quigley Travel Writer