Edinburgh plays host to an abundance of natural beauty, awe-inspiring architecture, exciting attractions, historic sights, world-class festivals, and a delicious food and drink scene – serving up hours of entertainment. This vibrant city is full of diversity with things to see and do for friends, couples and families alike; whether you want to explore its verdant landscapes, get involved in outdoor activities, or be at the heart of the action within its bustling cobbled streets. There’s always something happening.
Fairy tale-inspired castles rub shoulders with botanical gardens and boutique whisky bars in this cosmopolitan city, not to mention a calendar jam-packed with annual events to experience – ideal whether you’re visiting for the weekend or a little longer. We have a unique collection of properties to make your next visit to Edinburgh extra special, including some the UK’s most elegant hotels, complete with Michelin star restaurants, spa experiences, and traditional whisky tasting amid a central location.
You’re never too far from historic and cultural attractions in Edinburgh, be it famous landmarks, olde-worlde streets or enchanting sights. The medieval Old Town is a good place to start, where you’ll find Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile – a buzzing thoroughfare including gems like the Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse, ancient-old St Giles’ Cathedral and The Thistle Chapel, to name a few. The National Monument of Scotland sits proudly atop Calton Hill and is an architectural delight modelled on Athens’ Parthenon. Or, you’ll feel like you’ve left the city entirely when you wander through quaint Dean Village, a green oasis peppered with 800-tear-old grain mills and the recently renovated Well Court – a sandstone building with a clock tower and courtyard, originally built for mill workers and their families.
The city has an eclectic food and drink scene and you’ll find an array of outstanding and diverse restaurants, cafes and bars that fringe the humming cobbled streets. There’s something that appeals to all tastes and budgets here, whether you want to sample the local cuisine, indulge in comfort food, or fancy a spot of fine dining. For Afternoon Tea with castle views, Scott’s on Princes Street is a must-visit, with delicious cakes, sandwiches, scones and more. Southside Scran is local celebrity Tom Kitchin’s latest Edinburgh outpost, with a delicious menu of top-notch comfort food amid a buzzing atmosphere. Want to grab and go? Meltmongers is the city’s perfect fast-food spot with a mouthwatering selection of cheesy toasties to devour.
There’s a wealth of top quality attractions to discover in this Scottish capital, each of which is deserving of a place on your itinerary. Famous landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle are a must; well, it’s not one of Britain’s most visited tourist attractions for nothing. The Royal Mile is where many of the city’s top attractions reside, its streets lined with charming architecture, unique shops, museums, cafes and restaurants. Grab your hiking boots and climb to Arthur’s Seat where you’ll be met by panoramic views of the city from the top. Plus, no trip to Edinburgh is complete without visiting the Whiski Shop & Tasting School for fun and informative afternoon tastings!
As a centre of culture and arts, Edinburgh is renowned for its calendar of annual festivals and events. The Edinburgh International Book Festival (14th – 30th August 2021) features some of the best established, new, and emerging authors from around the world, with captivating workshops and independent book shops to discover. If music is more your thing, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (16th July – 25th July 2021) is sure to get your hips moving thanks to its open-air parade, intimate jazz clubs and concert halls that welcome tunes from a variety of musicians and performers. The most popular of the bunch has to be the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (6th August – 30th August 2021), which showcases the world’s largest collection of cultural and artistic performances – from musicals to comedy. Keep your eyes peeled for the media scouting for the next big talent!