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Things to do in Edinburgh

Renowned as one of Europe's most beautiful cities, Edinburgh is a place people visit again and again. With its hilly landscape, breathtaking views and rich history, the 'Athens of the North' has plenty to keep tourists occupied. 

Thinking of visiting and searching for things to do in Edinburgh? Check out our guide below:

Holyrood Park

If you want to burn off some of that delicious Scottish shortbread, head to the hills and stretch your legs at Holyrood Park. Arthur's Seat is the most well-known of these peaks. Within the 260-acre park you can also pay a visit to St Anthony's Chapel, a 15th century medieval chapel, Salisbury Crags, a succession of 150-foot cliffs, and Duddingston Loch, which is a haven for birds and wildlife.

Water of Leith Walkway

This 12-mile hidden walkway is a designated urban wildlife site home to herons, kingfishers, roe deer and otters. Look out for the six naked men who stand proud in the water along the route. These cast-iron statues were sculpted by artist Antony Gormley (of Angel of the North fame) and bring contemporary art to parts of Edinburgh that might otherwise not get to see it.

the Scottish Parliament

When Catalan architect Enric Miralles' award-winning building was completed it was met with plenty of controversy. And when something divides opinion so much it is well worth a visit. The parliament has a permanent exhibition with free guided tours throughout the day, and the chance to sit in on committee meetings and debates. It is open six days a week but you should check the website before visiting.

Portobello Beach

If you fancy unwinding at the seaside, how about relaxing on Edinburgh's very own beach? Yes, just like Rio Di Janeiro and Barcelona, this wonderfully Scottish city has a beach! While Edinburgh's climate may not be identical to the aforementioned cities, this impressive beach is well worth a visit.

National Museum of Scotland

After a £47-million refurbishment, the National Museum of Scotland reopened with its revamped image: 16,000 new galleries and 8,000 objects. From Dolly the sheep to a 12-metre cast of a T-Rex skeleton, the museum makes a fascinating, fun and free way to spend a few hours of the day. 

Visit Go Ape

Go Ape Dalkeith is only 30 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh so head on out to Dalkeith Country Park if you want to escape the city and enjoy some adreniline-filled fun. 


Go Ape at Glentress Forest is just a short distance away from Edinburgh so why not combine your getaway with an exciting few hours at our courses? Your hardest decision will be choosing which one to book (we'd suggest booking both!)

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