Summer is a great time to visit and be a part of the Edinburgh International Festival & Fringe. Don’t miss the free samples of performance at Fringe Sunday, a Festival garden party that attracts 15,000 visitors to the Meadows on the second weekend of the Fringe.
I suggest if is your first time in Edinburgh an open-top bus tour is perfect to begin you adventure. There are several to choose from and you can take a circuit through the Old and New towns taking in all the history as you go.
Whilst visiting Edinburgh there are numerous attractions that are just a must see such as Edinburgh Zoo, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Royal Mile Ghost Tour and Deep Sea World. Also not far away, is 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.
For something more traditional you can watch and learn at the Edinburgh Old Town Weaving Co behind the extensive tartan-stacked shop, where the mill’s working looms produce the stock in trade. A fantastic souvenir and if you have always fancied a kilt of your own there are numerous kilt makers in the city from the more modern style of 21st Century Kilts to the traditional tartan at Kinloch Anderson who have 3 Royal Warrants to The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales.
Traditional Scottish delicacies such as haggis, venison and stovies turn up on the menu of many restaurants. For locally sourced, homely elements of the Scots kitchen you need look no further than on the Royal Mile for some fantastic dining at the Witchery by the Castle and also try a restaurant called Angels with Bagpipes which opened in 2010 but is a very atmospheric dining experience in a the Old Town. The Whiski bar & restaurant also has live Scottish music every day of the week.
So much to see and do, so little time, I hope you have a nice long holiday to enjoy everthing Edinburgh has to offer.
Our thanks to Janina Downey at Hand Picked Hotels for her insights into one of my favorite British cities. I would add one more suggestion and that’s visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia which is docked at Leith two miles from the city.