Attractions in Edinburgh

The city of Edinburgh, Scotland, is a place rife with history, tradition and cultural splendor that has existed for centuries. For tourists and natives alike, Edinburgh boasts an impressive collection of attractions that will keep people coming back time and time again.

Edinburgh Castle
Begin the ascent at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and continue up the Royal Mile en route to the formidable gates of Edinburgh Castle. Perched atop its craggy mount of volcanic rock for over two millennia, it boasts an awe-inspiring view of the city below. Nestled within its walls is the National War Museum, where visitors can remember the impact of the World Wars on Scotland's history, landscape and identity. Also inside Edinburgh Castle are the fabled Stone of Destiny and the Scottish Crown Jewels, while outside the One O'clock Gun marks the time every day at precisely 1 p. m.

Ghost Tours & the Edinburgh Dungeons
For haunted history buffs that don't scare easily, there are several companies throughout Edinburgh that offer nightly ghost tours around the city's Old Town, revealing its shady and unsavory past. Plus, for more frightful accounts of Scottish lore during the day, the Edinburgh Dungeons provide guests with a tactile trip back in time through the clan wars, pestilence, torture and the murderous rampage of Burke and Hare.

Greyfriar's House & Highland Kirk
In the old Scottish language, churches were called 'kirks', a term that still survives today. At Greyfriar's House, there is a modest-sized cemetery protected by a stone wall, featuring the names of prominent Edinburgh clans and families, with the Highland Kirk looming nearby. While impressive on their own, the story of an ever-faithful dog known as Greyfriar's Bobby has endeared this site into the hearts of millions. People can now also visit the adjoining pub, which was named after him.

The National Galleries of Scotland
Comprising of three individually stunning buildings, The National Gallery, The National Gallery of Modern Art and the National Portrait Gallery hold within their walls some of the finest collections from archaeologists, anthropologists, painters, sculptors and installation artists ever discovered. This is a stellar opportunity to see the works of Monet, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Raphael, Botticelli, Degas and countless other artists all in one city center.

Arthur's Seat
A hill fort dating back nearly 2,000 years ago, Arthur's Seat is situated within Holyrood Park and is an internationally recognized site of grasslands, wildlife and volcanic geology. Visitors can choose to walk or drive the many pathways leading to its summit, enjoying stunning views along the way of Edinburgh's East side as well as looking out towards East Lothian and Leith.