Situated along the southern shore of the Firth of Forth is the stunning capital city of Scotland; Edinburgh.
As one of the most populous cities in the entire United Kingdom, this is a fascinating and exciting city to visit any time of year. With its old and new town combining to create a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Edinburgh boasts, intricate architecture that showcases a mix of both old and new world designs, alongside the striking scenery Scotland’s renowned for and attractions perfect for everyone.
From fantastic festivals, history beyond compare, a variety of cultural activities including music, film and theatre, alongside equally amazing shopping opportunities and delightful drinking and dining facilities, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this dynamic city.
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Culture & Heritage
Wherever you go in this fine city, you’ll find an example of its amazing and fascinating culture and heritage around every corner.
With an abundance of museums, those who love to delve into a city’s history will be spoilt for choice. Take a journey through time, and explore the past, present and future at Dynamic Earth, which provides the story of planet earth through interactive exhibits, alongside state of the art technology; which includes an exceptional 4D encounter with a volcano.
The National Museum of Scotland is also a great spot to explore, where everyone can learn about Scotland’s natural history, the country’s past and the ancient cultures that once inhabited its lands.
For art lovers there’s a wealth of different galleries just waiting for you to explore, such as The Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. These all make up The National Galleries of Scotland, which showcase fantastic collections from the old masters and impressionists to portraits of Mary Queen of Scots and Scottish and International pieces dating from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
If you love the written word, then you’ve come to the right city as literature lovers find themselves in a UNESCO City of Literature. Explore the heritage on offer at the Scottish Writers’ Museum, where the works of Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott are showcased, with first editions, portraits and objects relating to the lives and work of the famous writers.
So Many Free Things
This is a city where you’ll always find something to do no matter what time of the year. And if you happen to be on a budget, then make the most of the amazing free activities throughout Edinburgh.
Experiencing the stunning scenery Scotland’s become famous for; you’ll actually be surprised how much of it you’ll find in this city, at times you may feel like you’re not in a city at all. Amongst the stunning stone architecture, you’ll find little inner-city trails and rivers, alongside beautiful parks and gardens. The Royal Botanic Garden is often thought to be one of the most beautiful in the world, and a perfect spot to get lost in with 70 acres of trees, rare plants, shrubs and specialist gardens, whereas Princes Street Gardens plays home to a vast amount of flora and fauna, offering plenty picture opportunities and a great way to relax on a summer’s day.
If it’s more picture perfect opportunities you want, then Arthur’s Seat, sits within the beautiful green space of Holyrood Park. If you take a walk to the top of this extinct volcano you’ll be greeted with amazing panoramic views across Edinburgh city. If you don’t feel up to climbing Arthur’s Seat, then you can take a walk to the top of Calton Hill, situated close to Princes Street Gardens, where you’ll be greeted by more fantastic city views.
St Giles Cathedral is a great way to experience the history of the city for free. Dating back to the 1120s, you can view more than 200 memorials for Scots along the stain glass windows. Whereas the Water Leith Walkway, complete with six naked cast iron sculptures by Antony Gormley, provides a great urban wildlife walkway to enjoy across 12 miles.
Don’t forget most of the museums and galleries are free, and you can even experience Scottish politics with a free tour of the Scottish Parliament.
A Diverse Array of Attractions
There’s so much to do in Scotland, and there are many attractions, whether permanent or seasonal that need to be experienced throughout Edinburgh.
Built atop the extinct volcanic rock, you’ll find the awe-inspiring Edinburgh Castle, which towers high above the city, with a watchful eye as it dominates the skyline. One of the most beloved attractions within the city, you’ll be able to sneak a peek of the crown jewels and witness guns being fired.
Get another true Scottish experience and take your place on The Scotch Whisky Experience. Here you can experience a barrel ride as you become part of the whisky making experience, before entering the vault to behold the world’s largest collection of Scotch whiskies; where you’ll be given a special tasting.
Edinburgh Zoo is another must visit attraction, providing fun for all ages. Open 365 days a year, it’s only a short bus ride from the city centre and houses more than 1,000 animals, including the UK’s only giant pandas.
And let’s not forget Edinburgh’s long list of fun festivals, taking place across the year, for you to experience. Jump into the cultural celebration of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which hosts over 2,000 shows throughout August, from comedy and theatre to dance and spoken word. Other notable festivals include the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
With so many things to see and do, booking a bus to Edinburgh will open up a whole wealth of opportunities for people of all ages.
A Shopping Paradise
The Edinburgh landscape also plays home to a vast array of incredible shopping opportunities, offering everything from high street and luxury to more unique shopping experiences.
One of the most famous shopping spots in Edinburgh can be found on Princes Street, which provides a fantastic blend of well-known high street shops sitting alongside designer stores; so whatever you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it here. Whilst shopping in this famous area, you’ll also find the city’s iconic department store Jenners, open since 1838; it’s almost the Harrods of Scotland.
Along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, visitors will find a whole different shopping experience. Here you can pick up a variety of weird, wonderful and fabulous souvenirs, ranging from whisky and handmade fudge to the luxury of Scottish cashmere. Wandering over to the West End will give you a whole host of quirky little boutiques selling one off pieces, alongside vintage clothes and rare little pieces including books and furniture.
But don’t be confined to these shopping experiences alone. If you venture over to the Lothians, you’ll be greeted by one of the top five shopping outlets in the UK, as you work your way through designer bargains at Livingstone Designer Outlet.
Food for Thought
Unsurprisingly, the Scottish capital has a fabulous plethora of amazing drinking and dining opportunities available to those visiting. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, something middle of the road, a meal on a shoestring budget or something that personifies fine dining then you’re sure to find it here.
For cheap eats check out places such as YummyTori, which specialises in foods like ramen noodles and grilled skewers, the Manna House Bakery & Café where you can pick up cheap breakfasts for around £5 and Holyrood 9A, for cheap craft beers and burgers.
For something a bit more fancy places like The Timberyard offers an intimate space with log burning stoves, with an elegantly crafted menu with lunch and dinner ranging between £25 and £40. Whereas The Apartment serves up seasonal offerings sourced from all over the world; an excellent choice due to its ever changing menu.
Finally for fine dining, check out Number One. This is a luxurious Michelin-starred restaurant offering up succulent and delicious Scottish/French cuisine that focuses heavily on seafood. You can find this stand out haunt within the five star Balmoral Hotel.
No matter what you want in Scotland, chances are you you’ll find something right around the corner from where you’re stood, and don’t forget to sample some haggis.
A Buzzing Nightlife
Alongside its brimming cultural and historical attractions, shopping experiences and fabulous eating and dining facilities, Edinburgh city is also highly renowned for its incredible nightlife. Whether you’re looking for a pub, club, live music or a quaint little bar, they’re all here.
If it’s bars you’re looking for then Le Monde attracts many to its boutique hotel, where customers can partake in a few cocktails and a spot of food at one of its three chic and stylish bars, named Paris, Milan and Vienna. For something a bit more traditional, the Doric embodies a 17th century gastro pub vibe, and features a fantastic selection of single malts and a mouth-watering menu.
For live music check out Whistlebinkies, which regularly host a number of bands on its well-established live music nights, and also holds Edinburgh’s longest-running open mic night every Monday. Whereas The Jazz Bar hosts an amazing 22 live shows a week, which blend local acts and touring performers; it was even named ‘Jazz Venue of the Year’ at the 2009 and 2011 Scottish Jazz Awards.
For those looking to dance into the early hours of the morning, you’re in luck as there are a number of great clubs to enjoy. Opal Lounge is the perfect spot to enjoy a range of music from soul and funk to classic dance and a host of DJs, and was even a favourite of Prince William. Whereas Espionage offers five fun filled dance floors to take advantage of, where you can dance all night to whatever music takes your fancy that evening.
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With so much to offer in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh is the perfect place to visit when you want a city that’s at one with nature, offering up the best of the hustle and bustle of city life alongside the tranquillity of the countryside. Start planning your trip today and book a bus to Edinburgh with megabus.com by giving us a call or using the search and buy tool to the side, and let the fun begin.