Edinburgh Sights

Visit Edinburgh Castle when it opens at 9.30am to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny. Afterwards, you can follow the Royal Mile on foot to explore various narrow closes steeped in history. From the castle walk about half-way down the historic Royal Mile to Mary King’s Close one of the city’s spookiest attractions. Investigate the fascinating series of underground passages with an eerie tour guide dressed as a former resident of the street and uncover the dark secrets the passages hold.Mary's Close

Dynamic EarthContinue down the Royal Mile to Our Dynamic Earth and travel back to the beginning of our planet and watch the Big Bang from the Hubble Telescope. Witness a tropical rain storm and feel the heat of a bubbling volcano ready to erupt as the museum takes you through 15,000 million years of Earth’s history up to the present day.

Pay a visit to the fascinating Camera Obscura. Not far away, Scotland’s national drink is honoured at the Scotch Whisky Experience where you can sample a dram at the end of your tour. Enjoy a barrel ride to learn all about the whisky-making process and see the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whisky. Why not stop for lunch at the Amber Restaurant which offers traditional Scottish produce?

If you want to get an idea of what you are seeing as you go, there are a wide range of tours available.
Camera Obscura

Jump aboard one of the open-top tour buses where the fantastic onboard guides will supply a personal view, however multi-language tours are available. The buses will allow you to jump on and off at your leisure to visit attractions like the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scottish Parliament or the National Galleries of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament

There are plenty of cafés and eating places scattered around the city centre for a quick lunch. If you’ve spent the morning in the Old Town area (and you could easily spend several days there), cross the North Bridge to the other part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage site, the Georgian New Town.

Later on, head back to the Royal Mile for a meal in one of Edinburgh’s many international or Scottish restaurants followed by a walking ghost tour.
From Princes Street, it’s a short number 22 Lothian Bus ride to The Royal Yacht Britannia, which is now docked permanently at Ocean Terminal in Leith. Take some time to explore the port of Leith, one of the most fashionable areas to live in Edinburgh.
Royal Yacht Britannia

If you’re feeling energetic, climb Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park. Last active over 300 million years ago, this extinct volcano is one of the best vantage points over the city. For a gentler walk, why not take a stroll around the National Museum of Scotland, which reopened in 2011 after a refurbishment which has allowed it to now display over 20,000 exhibits in 36 galleries?

If you dined in the Old Town last night, try something different around George Street tonight. There’s something for everyone in one of the city’s main eating areas.

Edinburgh ZooDon’t forget to see the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo for a great day out.

Edinburgh City Pass

Enjoy free access to over 25 of Edinburgh’s top attractions and a number of exclusive offers at restaurants and shops throughout the city with an Edinburgh city pass. Choose from a 1, 2 or 3 day pass. Buy online or at any Tourist Information Centre.