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Top Edinburgh Tips - Your Insider Tips for Edinburgh

    The Scottish capital has long been a firm favourite for many tourists and travellers. Edinburgh has lots to see and do and there is a historic charm all across the city. We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top Edinburgh tips. Here's what you told us...



    Explore Princes Street

    Angela Mutch says:

    Castle is awesome but just wandering off Princes Street to some interesting places.



    Walk up Calton Hill

    Massimo Vezzaro says:

    Go to Calton Hill.







    Get spooked on a ghost tour

    Helen Hancock says:

    Skip the castle, I love history but that place was dull and expensive! Go on a ghost tour instead for a good laugh, interesting history and a few scares along the way.

    Janet Sheehan says:

    Go on a ghost tour.



    Listen to some local music

    Greg Huter says:

    Listen to the bagpipers on the street.





    Experience the Scotch Whisky Experience

    Minister Belka says:

    Enjoy The Whisky Experience and finish off with dinner and a nice evening in the whisky bar.

    Jai Rigoni says:

    The Whisky Experience - all I drink is scotch and this is your one stop shop to sample some of the best. It will really open your eyes to some amazing scotch.



    Climb up Arthur’s Seat

    Terravision Transfers says:

    Picnic at Arthur's Seat!

    Kristen Bramberger says:

    Definitely Arthur's Seat! Great hike and amazing views.

    Weicin Hong says:

    Arthur's Seat!

    Susan Lloyd Caddell says:

    Arthur's Seat is a cool spot.

    Ann Fruit says:

    Go to the Meadows via Grassmarket - great view on Arthur's Seat and place to relax your feet.



    Explore the city on foot

    Elvio Junior says:

    Stretch your legs and go walking everywhere, especially through the narrows lanes. I’m sure you'll have great surprises!

    Towhid Uthpal says:

    Walk and walk...

    Nora Crete says:

    Leave time for getting lost down magical cobblestone side streets.

    Anna B says:

    Go on a walking pub crawl! And a walking tour. Both worthwhile!



    Go on a free city tour

    Andrea Namyslo says:

    Take advantage of the free city tours with a guide! After that enjoy the rest of the day in a good old pub with real Scottish musicians and sip a whisky or beer to that.

    Eileen Lim says:

    Join their free tours. They are informative and enjoyable!

    Björn Bauer says:

    I strongly recommend to take part in the free tour around the city - I did this twice so far. It's interesting, hilarious and you won't forget it.



    Check out Stockbridge

    Alyson Crone says:

    Check out Stockbridge, with its cobblestone streets, vintage/charity shops, the walk by the waters of Leith and close by the modern art museum it's an often overlooked and charming part of the city.



    Visit for a festival

    Amaia Ceinos says:

    Go in August and enjoy the free performances of the Fringe Festival.

    Maxwell Adams says:

    Go into random bars and enjoy the free comedy during the Fringe Festival.

    Gerald Harris says:

    August for the festival. The street performers are worth the trip alone.

    Fiona Ralston says:

    The festival is the best time to go! Any other time go on a walking tour, they are informative and can be funny.

    Nora Crete says:

    This is by far my favourite city in the world that I have visited, an ancient home away from home. Plan your trip here around one of the many great festivals, watch the streets come alive and wander down some magical side streets. Awaken all of your senses by taking a ghost tour by night. Sit back and open your eyes and you’re bound to see something magical.



    Go to Rosslyn Chapel

    Weicin Hong says:

    Take a bus to Rosslyn Chapel!

    Tom McIntosh says:

    Our son was married in Roslyn Chapel, beautiful and very historic.



    See lots of flowers at the Botanic Gardens

    Agata Janczarska says:

    Go to the botanic garden.



    Visit Holyroodhouse

    Analia Lofiego says:

    Go to Holyroodhouse! Amazing place



    Eat some haggis and local cuisine

    Christina Boissy-Parker says:

    Bank Hotel for a great haggis!

    Keith Watkins says:

    Eat at the Dubh Prais Resturant.

    Breaghn Cameron says:

    Go to the Conan Doyle for haggis! The vegetarian haggis is amazing! And then head to the Filling Station on the Royal Mile for a pint of Guinness. Best Guinness on the mile!

    Sara Salvadori says:

    Witchery by the Castle, the best restaurant ever! And I am Italian!



    Take a tour of The Real Mary King's Close

    Meg Moodie says:

    The real Mary King's Close is brilliant, one of the most amazing tours ever! Hard to spot so ask around.



    Visit St Giles Cathedral

    Amanda Williams (via Twitter) says:

    I'd add St. Giles Cathedral - it's beautiful inside!



  • Try out some of the following suggestions...

    John Walker says:

    Take your time to take it all in... a trip around Edinburgh cannot be rushed. Like a good meal it has to be had slowly to fully enjoy all it has to offer.

    Chi Sindac says:

    Sip a glass of whisky!

    Alfia Theresa says:

    Just being in the city! You can never get enough of this city!

    Peter William says:

    Start at castle, walk the entire Royal Mile, then climb Arthur’s Seat, head back to Bow Bar in Grassmarket for a wee dram of whisky, then hit up a pub crawl that takes you to the Frankenstein pub to watch Frankenstein come alive! One solid day!

    Ct Yat says:

    The deep fried Mars Bar!

    Kat Astrophe says:

    Arthur's Seat, bar hopping in the Grassmarket & Hogmanay!

    Bruno Farage says:

    Princes Street during the day and George Street, New Town, or Grassmarket at night.

    Sanne Michiels says:

    Looking for McGonnagal and Tom Riddle's grave at Greyfriars Kirkyard.

    Lennard Ramone says:

    Camera Obscura at the end of the Royal Mile is really cool. It is an interactive museum of optical illusions, with spinning walls, pictures that change if you blink your eyes. After that, walk to the other end of the Royal Mile to the World's End pub. You can either have a quiet drink or you can start a pub crawl there where you have to have a drink and have your card stamped at 12 different locations. At the end you get a t-shirt.

    Nigel Kershaw says:

    Put on a kilt and be part of it!

    Narayanan Krishnan says:

    Don’t miss the beer at Heriott Watt University!

    Michaeline Rowberry Price says:

    Go to the Always Sunday Cafe for a delicious organic dark chocolate hot chocolate, or to The Last Drop below the castle for a great pub experience rich with history.

    And many more...

  • Hopefully these top Edinburgh tips will help you make to most of your visit to Edinburgh.


    Book hostels in Edinburgh | Edinburgh videos, podcasts, free pocket guide and more

    The Scottish capital has long been a firm favourite for many tourists and travellers. Edinburgh has lots to see and do and there is a historic charm all across the city. We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top Edinburgh tips. Here's what you told us...



    Explore Princes Street

    Angela Mutch says:

    Castle is awesome but just wandering off Princes Street to some interesting places.



    Walk up Calton Hill

    Massimo Vezzaro says:

    Go to Calton Hill.







    Get spooked on a ghost tour

    Helen Hancock says:

    Skip the castle, I love history but that place was dull and expensive! Go on a ghost tour instead for a good laugh, interesting history and a few scares along the way.

    Janet Sheehan says:

    Go on a ghost tour.



    Listen to some local music

    Greg Huter says:

    Listen to the bagpipers on the street.





    Experience the Scotch Whisky Experience

    Minister Belka says:

    Enjoy The Whisky Experience and finish off with dinner and a nice evening in the whisky bar.

    Jai Rigoni says:

    The Whisky Experience - all I drink is scotch and this is your one stop shop to sample some of the best. It will really open your eyes to some amazing scotch.



    Climb up Arthur’s Seat

    Terravision Transfers says:

    Picnic at Arthur's Seat!

    Kristen Bramberger says:

    Definitely Arthur's Seat! Great hike and amazing views.

    Weicin Hong says:

    Arthur's Seat!

    Susan Lloyd Caddell says:

    Arthur's Seat is a cool spot.

    Ann Fruit says:

    Go to the Meadows via Grassmarket - great view on Arthur's Seat and place to relax your feet.



    Explore the city on foot

    Elvio Junior says:

    Stretch your legs and go walking everywhere, especially through the narrows lanes. I’m sure you'll have great surprises!

    Towhid Uthpal says:

    Walk and walk...

    Nora Crete says:

    Leave time for getting lost down magical cobblestone side streets.

    Anna B says:

    Go on a walking pub crawl! And a walking tour. Both worthwhile!



    Go on a free city tour

    Andrea Namyslo says:

    Take advantage of the free city tours with a guide! After that enjoy the rest of the day in a good old pub with real Scottish musicians and sip a whisky or beer to that.

    Eileen Lim says:

    Join their free tours. They are informative and enjoyable!

    Björn Bauer says:

    I strongly recommend to take part in the free tour around the city - I did this twice so far. It's interesting, hilarious and you won't forget it.



    Check out Stockbridge

    Alyson Crone says:

    Check out Stockbridge, with its cobblestone streets, vintage/charity shops, the walk by the waters of Leith and close by the modern art museum it's an often overlooked and charming part of the city.



    Visit for a festival

    Amaia Ceinos says:

    Go in August and enjoy the free performances of the Fringe Festival.

    Maxwell Adams says:

    Go into random bars and enjoy the free comedy during the Fringe Festival.

    Gerald Harris says:

    August for the festival. The street performers are worth the trip alone.

    Fiona Ralston says:

    The festival is the best time to go! Any other time go on a walking tour, they are informative and can be funny.

    Nora Crete says:

    This is by far my favourite city in the world that I have visited, an ancient home away from home. Plan your trip here around one of the many great festivals, watch the streets come alive and wander down some magical side streets. Awaken all of your senses by taking a ghost tour by night. Sit back and open your eyes and you’re bound to see something magical.



    Go to Rosslyn Chapel

    Weicin Hong says:

    Take a bus to Rosslyn Chapel!

    Tom McIntosh says:

    Our son was married in Roslyn Chapel, beautiful and very historic.



    See lots of flowers at the Botanic Gardens

    Agata Janczarska says:

    Go to the botanic garden.



    Visit Holyroodhouse

    Analia Lofiego says:

    Go to Holyroodhouse! Amazing place



    Eat some haggis and local cuisine

    Christina Boissy-Parker says:

    Bank Hotel for a great haggis!

    Keith Watkins says:

    Eat at the Dubh Prais Resturant.

    Breaghn Cameron says:

    Go to the Conan Doyle for haggis! The vegetarian haggis is amazing! And then head to the Filling Station on the Royal Mile for a pint of Guinness. Best Guinness on the mile!

    Sara Salvadori says:

    Witchery by the Castle, the best restaurant ever! And I am Italian!



    Take a tour of The Real Mary King's Close

    Meg Moodie says:

    The real Mary King's Close is brilliant, one of the most amazing tours ever! Hard to spot so ask around.



    Visit St Giles Cathedral

    Amanda Williams (via Twitter) says:

    I'd add St. Giles Cathedral - it's beautiful inside!



  • Try out some of the following suggestions...

    John Walker says:

    Take your time to take it all in... a trip around Edinburgh cannot be rushed. Like a good meal it has to be had slowly to fully enjoy all it has to offer.

    Chi Sindac says:

    Sip a glass of whisky!

    Alfia Theresa says:

    Just being in the city! You can never get enough of this city!

    Peter William says:

    Start at castle, walk the entire Royal Mile, then climb Arthur’s Seat, head back to Bow Bar in Grassmarket for a wee dram of whisky, then hit up a pub crawl that takes you to the Frankenstein pub to watch Frankenstein come alive! One solid day!

    Ct Yat says:

    The deep fried Mars Bar!

    Kat Astrophe says:

    Arthur's Seat, bar hopping in the Grassmarket & Hogmanay!

    Bruno Farage says:

    Princes Street during the day and George Street, New Town, or Grassmarket at night.

    Sanne Michiels says:

    Looking for McGonnagal and Tom Riddle's grave at Greyfriars Kirkyard.

    Lennard Ramone says:

    Camera Obscura at the end of the Royal Mile is really cool. It is an interactive museum of optical illusions, with spinning walls, pictures that change if you blink your eyes. After that, walk to the other end of the Royal Mile to the World's End pub. You can either have a quiet drink or you can start a pub crawl there where you have to have a drink and have your card stamped at 12 different locations. At the end you get a t-shirt.

    Nigel Kershaw says:

    Put on a kilt and be part of it!

    Narayanan Krishnan says:

    Don’t miss the beer at Heriott Watt University!

    Michaeline Rowberry Price says:

    Go to the Always Sunday Cafe for a delicious organic dark chocolate hot chocolate, or to The Last Drop below the castle for a great pub experience rich with history.

    And many more...

  • Hopefully these top Edinburgh tips will help you make to most of your visit to Edinburgh.


    Book hostels in Edinburgh | Edinburgh videos, podcasts, free pocket guide and more


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