Edinburgh is a popular destination for its quirks and charms. For example, the city is home to the ‘world's smallest pub’ (the Wee Pub), as well as the ‘world's narrowest house’ (the Skinny House). There's also a statue of a Skye Terrier dog named Greyfriars Bobby, whose nose you must touch for good luck!
Speaking of charms, the wild landscape and whimsical architecture of the city even inspired the Harry Potter novels - the author set about writing the first book in a coffee shop on George IV Bridge.
Edinburgh is also full of hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered. One of these is the hidden garden at Dunbar's Close, a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. Another is Dean Village, a picturesque area that feels like a tiny rural village. Don’t blame us when your phone storage gets chock-full of photos!
There are countless reasons why one should visit Edinburgh. The city is steeped in history and boasts an array of well-preserved Medieval and Georgian architecture, including the iconic Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, which sits atop an extinct volcano and offers stunning panoramic views of the city.
Edinburgh is a cultural hub, with a vibrant arts scene, numerous museums and galleries including the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery, as well as several annual festivals, including the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe during part of July and all of August. It’s a busy time in the city, but definitely the best time of year to visit.
The natural beauty surrounding the city is breathtaking. Nestled among rolling hills and surrounded by stunning countryside, Edinburgh city includes the nearby Pentland Hills and the picturesque coastlines of East Lothian and Fife. A trip to Edinburgh is incomplete without attempting the reach the summit of Arthur’s Seat, another ancient volcano peak set in royal parkland.
The Scottish capital is also known for its warm hospitality and friendly locals, making it a welcoming and inclusive destination for visitors from all walks of life. With so much to see and do, Edinburgh is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to explore Scotland's rich history and culture.
Edinburgh has a vibrant food and drink scene that is sure to delight any traveller. Scottish cuisine features prominently in many restaurants throughout the city, with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. There are now 5 restaurants in the city with Michelin Stars.
Visitors must sample traditional dishes such as haggis, neeps and tatties (or turnips and potatoes to you and I), Cullen skink, a delicious soup of haddock, potatoes and onions, and the popular pudding of Caledonian cream, made with whipped cream, raspberries, and honey.
Scotland is also renowned for its whisky, and visitors to Edinburgh can enjoy tours of local distilleries, as well as sampling a range of single malts and blended whiskies in the city's many bars and pubs.
Try out some sweet treats too! Scottish parlies are a type of cookie, dark from treacle and richly favoured with ginger. They were once served to the upper-class members of the Scottish Parliament (hence the name) but are now freely available to all.