10 things for tourists to enjoy in Edinburgh

Even with the horrendously ugly tram works, Edinburgh will be a popular destination for tourists all over the world this Summer. The lure of the Edinburgh festivals in August and the blindingly obvious tourist attractions like Edinburgh castle is without doubt. Here The Edinburgh Blog lists its 10 things, in no particular order, which are genuinely not to be missed if you’re visiting Edinburgh this Summer.

  1. Enjoy Edinburgh’s best fish and chips at the Tailend. Their superb traditional fish tea has quickly found fame across the city.
  2. You may already be planning a trip to Leith to see the Royal Yacht Britannia, but don’t end your trip to Leith there. The Shore is a 5 minute walk away, which is picturesque and home to a multitude of excellent bars, restaurants and cafes. If the sun’s shining we recommend Teuchters Landing or The Waterline for drinks and Roseleaf or The King’s Wark for food.
    National monument at Calton Hill, Edinburgh The Scotch Whisky Heritage Tour, Edinburgh - alleyway to enter
  3. Don’t miss out on Stockbridge - one of the most lovely areas to live in Edinburgh. Be sure to walk along the Water of Leith, wander through the unique shops and cafes of Raeburn Place and voyeur down Ann Street, which is one of Edinburgh’s most sought after and beautiful locations to live. It’s also one of the most expensive!
  4. Near Stockbridge in the village of Dean are the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery. Both are serenely located and the Summer’s big ‘Artist Rooms‘ exhibition is hosted at the Modern Art Gallery. It includes extensive works from Hirst and Warhol. Best of all it’s free!
  5. Mary King’s Close is a tour of preserved tenemants and streets below the well trodden pavement of the Royal Mile. It really is one of Edinburgh’s best and most interesting tourist attractions giving an insight into ‘old’ Edinburgh. Adance booking through their website is recommended.
  6. Head up Calton Hill, just past the East end of Princes St. The view from the top is one of the very best and certainly most accessible in Edinburgh.
  7. Even though you’ll have to head out of Edinburgh to tour a working distillery, The Scotch Whisky Experience on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile does a great job of explaining the production process and history of Scotch Whisky. Best of all you get a free tasting and glass at the start of the tour. If that’s not enough the bar has a superb range of whisky, while the whisky shop is one of the best in Edinburgh. If you’re after some traditional haggis, neeps and tatties I recommend lunch in the accompanying Amber restaurant.
  8. Walk along Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, one of the most lively and vibrant areas of the city. Take in some of the unique shops, pubs and galleries. Head up to the Royal Mile via Victoria St, which continues the Grassmarket theme. Stop for a hog roast roll on the way at Oink.
  9. Experience a traditional Edinburgh pub. Sample a malt whisky or a local beer, such as Caledonian 80 or Deuchars IPA at The Cask & Barrel on Broughton St, Cafe Royal on West Register St or Bow Bar on West Bow.
  10. There are two domed roofs in Edinburgh which you really should see for their spectacular nature. One is the head office of The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) at 26 St Andrew Square. It’s currently a branch, which anyone can wander into - once inside be sure to look up! A former RBS building hosts the second and perhaps even more spectacular domed roof at 14 George St. Now trading as The Dome bar and restaurant.

Feel free to agree or disagree with the list in the comments section! Have a great trip to Edinburgh.

5 Responses to “10 things for tourists to enjoy in Edinburgh”

  1. Good list. An addition to #3 - don’t forget the Stockbridge Sunday Market is there now. And in addition to #6 - if you are able, a walk up Arthur’s Seat is a must :)

  2. Some good ideas here. As a resident, I’d also recommend walking the length of Morningside/Bruntsfield from the clock (Morning Glory Pub) all the way to Bruntsfield Hotel. There are scores of super small shops and cafes and interesting things to see the whole time. We like to start at the bottom (park for free out of the zone beyond Cluny Gardens) then back downhill for the second half! This is a great way to spend a morning and support local businesses or just window shop!

  3. Utter pish, Edinburgh’s total shite

  4. My parents visited Edinburgh recently, although I’ve never been unfortunately. They did come home full of praise for the fish and chips, although I have no idea if they had them at the Tailend. It’s certainly something I’ll remember to do if I visit Edinburgh.

  5. Edinburgh’s developing a bad atmosphere, rape and mugging are on the rise

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