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Top Edinburgh Tips - Your Unmissable Highlights of Edinburgh

    Charming, beautiful, unforgettable – words we hear used a lot to describe Edinburgh, the Scottish capital city. So what are the must-do activities in this lovely city?

    We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top tips on what is unmissable in Edinburgh. Here's what you told us...





    Climb Arthur's Seat

    Maris Equis says:

    Climb Arthur's seat!

    Aman Singh Sethi says:

    A climb up Arthurs Peak, stunning views all around.

    Barbara Stöckl says:

    Arthur's Seat.

    Pablo A. Barra Fuentes says:

    I wouldn't miss climbing up Arthur's Seat. That was an amazing day.

    Amaia Ceinos says:

    Of course, a climb to the Arthur's Seat because of its magnificent views.



    Stroll around the Princes St area

    Cece Aisha AJ-Nuttall says:

    Princes Street with the view of Edinburgh castle and the garden...you suddenly enter a different era!

    Caroline Stenhouse says:

    If it's a nice sunny day have lunch in Princes St Gardens and soak up the atmosphere.



    Explore Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile

    Antonio Bernardo says:

    Royal Mile!

    Luke Norton says:

    Enjoying a pint of McEwan's Ale on the Royal Mile with mates.

    Raza Ali says:

    Edinburgh Castle.

    Charlie Nicolson says:

    The castle.

    Lies Koster says:

    Edinburgh Castle.

    Anneke Rijsemus says:

    The castle!

    Elita Purcille says:

    Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile because of the breathtaking views and the energy of the underground beneath!

    Teresa Grocki says:

    Edinburgh Castle.

    Ching Yu says:

    Royal Mile.

    Jelly Wong says:

    Edinburgh Castle! A number of museums inside and catch the whole view of the city.



    Celebrate Hogmanay in style

    Marc Geddes says:

    December in Edinburgh. It's a magic time with the German Christmas markets, ice skating, and at the end of the year, Hogmanay, the famous Scottish New Year street party.

    Mark Gilbert says:

    Hogmanay it's awesome best NYE ever.

    Ronald M Kim says:

    Edinburgh hogmanay on New Year's Eve, because it would be a great opportunity not just for welcoming the new year, but also for enjoying the unique Scottish party and getting along with great Scottish people!



    Experience the Edinburgh Festival

    Sarah-Jane Antell says:

    The military tattoo in August! Absolutely incredible!

    Weng Lu Ping says:

    Festival in August! Military Tattoo.

    Helder Cruz says:

    Edinburgh Festival in August! One of the things you must do before you die!

    Laurent Piron says:

    The Fringe festival in August! Biggest theatre festival in the world!



    Sample the local brews

    Shane Westmore says:

    Do the Edinburgh Ale Trail. Pick up a map at one of the pubs, get stamps at each pub, soak up some pub culture and get a free t-shirt! Also, find the Halfway House Pub, probably the cutest pub I've ever been in.

    Len Wilgosh says:

    For scotch drinkers it's the Scotch Whiskey Experience, with their thousands of bottles of unopened scotch and tastings.



    Catch some live music in the pubs

    Limo Rokom says:

    The Royal Oak Pub at Infirmary Street. It's tiny, but full of instruments. They're playing and singing all the time and everyone can join them.

    Ma-Rie Lbo says:

    A live music night with the amazing band Rantum Scantum at the Royal Oak Pub, or the Scotsman, or any other pub they're playing in!

    Adriana Sorrenti says:

    Live music in the pubs on a casual night...just quality stuff!



    Go on a free tour

    Rob Young says:

    The Edinburgh free tour; amazing value for money.

    Kristie Bowden says:

    The free walking tour.



    See the view from Calton Hill

    Kathleen Ann Murray says:

    Calton Hill (best view of the city - go up in the tower, the stairs are a bit of a killer but it's worth it.

    Adriana Sorrenti says:

    Calton Hill... absolutely stunning.

    Chris Adam says:

    Watching the sunset over the Old and New Town from Calton Hill.

    Mikela Fo says:

    The view from Calton Hill shouldn't be missed!

    Nick Collins says:

    Calton Hill for sunset.



    Oh, who can decide?!

    Janis Wilson says:

    Gorgie city farm, free and great for kids; Portobello beach, great in the sunshine. Drive up to the pond and feed the swans and ducks on Arthur's seat. The museum of childhood on the Royal Mile. The play park at the west end of Princes Street Gardens. A cruise of the Firth of Forth. The bridges at South Queensferry. The choices are endless. Avoid the touristy places and head to east Lothian, amazing beaches and wildlife.

    Joanna Orlowska says:

    Holyrood Park, climb Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill, and my favourite place to go: Rosslyn Chapel. You can easily get there from city centre taking Lothian Bus number 15 - it's short trip (15-20 min from City Centre) and you are in the Roslin Village. There is Rosslyn Chapel to visit, the Roslin Castle, the beautiful park around and a great local pub.

    Sim Wei Shan says:

    It's the presence of being there and walking in amongst the strong winds, whether you are walking in the streets or up in the fortress and ruin. Its the fact that you are there and soaking it all in...

    Cations Dels Esteva says:

    Everything... Absolutely everything!



    And that's not all... You can find even more great tips from our Facebook fans here and here. Hopefully these top tips will help you make to most of your visit to Edinburgh.



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



    Charming, beautiful, unforgettable – words we hear used a lot to describe Edinburgh, the Scottish capital city. So what are the must-do activities in this lovely city?

    We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top tips on what is unmissable in Edinburgh. Here's what you told us...





    Climb Arthur's Seat

    Maris Equis says:

    Climb Arthur's seat!

    Aman Singh Sethi says:

    A climb up Arthurs Peak, stunning views all around.

    Barbara Stöckl says:

    Arthur's Seat.

    Pablo A. Barra Fuentes says:

    I wouldn't miss climbing up Arthur's Seat. That was an amazing day.

    Amaia Ceinos says:

    Of course, a climb to the Arthur's Seat because of its magnificent views.



    Stroll around the Princes St area

    Cece Aisha AJ-Nuttall says:

    Princes Street with the view of Edinburgh castle and the garden...you suddenly enter a different era!

    Caroline Stenhouse says:

    If it's a nice sunny day have lunch in Princes St Gardens and soak up the atmosphere.



    Explore Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile

    Antonio Bernardo says:

    Royal Mile!

    Luke Norton says:

    Enjoying a pint of McEwan's Ale on the Royal Mile with mates.

    Raza Ali says:

    Edinburgh Castle.

    Charlie Nicolson says:

    The castle.

    Lies Koster says:

    Edinburgh Castle.

    Anneke Rijsemus says:

    The castle!

    Elita Purcille says:

    Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile because of the breathtaking views and the energy of the underground beneath!

    Teresa Grocki says:

    Edinburgh Castle.

    Ching Yu says:

    Royal Mile.

    Jelly Wong says:

    Edinburgh Castle! A number of museums inside and catch the whole view of the city.



    Celebrate Hogmanay in style

    Marc Geddes says:

    December in Edinburgh. It's a magic time with the German Christmas markets, ice skating, and at the end of the year, Hogmanay, the famous Scottish New Year street party.

    Mark Gilbert says:

    Hogmanay it's awesome best NYE ever.

    Ronald M Kim says:

    Edinburgh hogmanay on New Year's Eve, because it would be a great opportunity not just for welcoming the new year, but also for enjoying the unique Scottish party and getting along with great Scottish people!



    Experience the Edinburgh Festival

    Sarah-Jane Antell says:

    The military tattoo in August! Absolutely incredible!

    Weng Lu Ping says:

    Festival in August! Military Tattoo.

    Helder Cruz says:

    Edinburgh Festival in August! One of the things you must do before you die!

    Laurent Piron says:

    The Fringe festival in August! Biggest theatre festival in the world!



    Sample the local brews

    Shane Westmore says:

    Do the Edinburgh Ale Trail. Pick up a map at one of the pubs, get stamps at each pub, soak up some pub culture and get a free t-shirt! Also, find the Halfway House Pub, probably the cutest pub I've ever been in.

    Len Wilgosh says:

    For scotch drinkers it's the Scotch Whiskey Experience, with their thousands of bottles of unopened scotch and tastings.



    Catch some live music in the pubs

    Limo Rokom says:

    The Royal Oak Pub at Infirmary Street. It's tiny, but full of instruments. They're playing and singing all the time and everyone can join them.

    Ma-Rie Lbo says:

    A live music night with the amazing band Rantum Scantum at the Royal Oak Pub, or the Scotsman, or any other pub they're playing in!

    Adriana Sorrenti says:

    Live music in the pubs on a casual night...just quality stuff!



    Go on a free tour

    Rob Young says:

    The Edinburgh free tour; amazing value for money.

    Kristie Bowden says:

    The free walking tour.



    See the view from Calton Hill

    Kathleen Ann Murray says:

    Calton Hill (best view of the city - go up in the tower, the stairs are a bit of a killer but it's worth it.

    Adriana Sorrenti says:

    Calton Hill... absolutely stunning.

    Chris Adam says:

    Watching the sunset over the Old and New Town from Calton Hill.

    Mikela Fo says:

    The view from Calton Hill shouldn't be missed!

    Nick Collins says:

    Calton Hill for sunset.



    Oh, who can decide?!

    Janis Wilson says:

    Gorgie city farm, free and great for kids; Portobello beach, great in the sunshine. Drive up to the pond and feed the swans and ducks on Arthur's seat. The museum of childhood on the Royal Mile. The play park at the west end of Princes Street Gardens. A cruise of the Firth of Forth. The bridges at South Queensferry. The choices are endless. Avoid the touristy places and head to east Lothian, amazing beaches and wildlife.

    Joanna Orlowska says:

    Holyrood Park, climb Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill, and my favourite place to go: Rosslyn Chapel. You can easily get there from city centre taking Lothian Bus number 15 - it's short trip (15-20 min from City Centre) and you are in the Roslin Village. There is Rosslyn Chapel to visit, the Roslin Castle, the beautiful park around and a great local pub.

    Sim Wei Shan says:

    It's the presence of being there and walking in amongst the strong winds, whether you are walking in the streets or up in the fortress and ruin. Its the fact that you are there and soaking it all in...

    Cations Dels Esteva says:

    Everything... Absolutely everything!



    And that's not all... You can find even more great tips from our Facebook fans here and here. Hopefully these top 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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