If you’re visiting Edinburgh in the summer, you’ve likely planned a schedule of festival shows and all-night partying rather than sunbathing, but the Scottish capital is also located on the North Sea coast and the seafront is just a short journey from the city center. Whether you’re looking to escape the crowds of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe or just need to cool off from the city heat, there are a number of great beaches around Edinburgh where you can make the most of the good weather.
With the rainy spring months finally over and festival season hitting the capital, what better way to celebrate the arrival of the sun than drinking with the locals at one of Edinburgh’s summer beer gardens? Despite it’s legendary drinking culture and abundance of historic pubs, Edinburgh is actually not renowned for its beer gardens, so those looking to drink alfresco need to know where to look – thankfully, we’ve provided a round-up of the city’s best outdoor drinking holes.
With its steep cobblestone streets and maze of alleyways, wandering around the Old Town of Edinburgh feels like stepping back in time and if it wasn’t for the modern shop fronts and neon bar signs, the historic centre would still largely resemble its 18th-century counterpart. It’s not just the aging buildings and haphazard town planning that hint to the city’s past though. Historians have also long been fascinated with what lies beneath the streets of Edinburgh – a forgotten underworld of vaults, cellars and buried passageways that provide a fascinating glimpse into the old city.
After frequenting many of the authentic pubs and fine dining establishments that the Leith of today has to offer, I’ve put together a list of favorites that should not be missed by visitors to this lovely shore-side community.
As renowned for its historic architecture and beautiful parks as it is for its lively nightlife and legendary summer festivals, Edinburgh is the kind of city where you’ll never get bored. From donning a kilt to taking in the views from Edinburgh Castle, here are 40 unforgettable experiences to have in Edinburgh.
As Edinburgh kicked off the start of 2014 with one of the biggest Hogmanay festivals and New Year’s Eve firework displays in history, Scotland also celebrated the start of the Year of the Scotland Homecoming. An ‘open invitation to all to return to Scotland and celebrate everything that’s great about being Scottish’, the Homecoming is more than just a festival – it’s an entire year of special events and festivities held up and down the country.