Castles, myths and romantic urban ambience
Edinburgh boasts an extraordinary wealth of historic buildings. Besides exuding a romantic ambience, the city’s many towers, churches and steps give a sense of travelling back in time. Visitors to Scotland’s capital won’t have to wait long to hear the sound of bagpipes. The sight of castles, kilts and whisky distilleries conveys a genuine sense of Scottish authenticity.
Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is lined with impressive sights: the medieval Mary King’s Close is the entrance to a warren of streets beneath the city. Today, visitors wanting to ascend from the underground to the highest point of the Royal Mile can make their way up to Edinburgh Castle. The stunning views from the fortress are definitely worth the climb.
Facts & figures
Edelweiss tips for Edinburgh
Sightseeing in your Scotland holidays
Edinburgh Castle stands on Castle Rock and is the landmark of Edinburgh. It houses the Scottish crown jewels. View in maps
From Arthur’s Seat (at 820 feet) you have a great view of the city of Edinburgh. The ascent is considered to be a rather easy hike. View in maps
The "Water of Leith Walkway" provides an unforgettable walk in the city. The section between Stockbridge and Dean Village is particularly beautiful. The Leith district is also definitely worth a visit. View in maps
If you want more nature and enjoy hiking, take a road trip to the Highlands. View in maps