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.
With its steep cobblestone alleyways, time-honored architecture and dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish capital makes the perfect setting for some old world romance. Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day in the city or enjoying a loved-up getaway, here are some ideas for romantic things to do in Edinburgh.
Tucked in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh’s Grassmarket was once a medieval market place and, more ominously, a site for public executions, but today, the area is one of Edinburgh’s liveliest quarters, crammed with modern bars, historic pubs and vintage shops. Whether you’re looking to tuck into some time-honored Scottish recipes, sip fine ales, or uncover traces of its checkered past remain, the traditional pubs of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket are an atmospheric place to spend an afternoon or evening. There are plenty to choose from, but look out for these 5 favorites.
The rest of us call it New Year’s Eve, but in Scotland, it’s known as Hogmanay. By any name, it’s a night to party and nobody knows how to party better than the Scots. The Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations are some of the largest in the world with celebrations spread over 4 days, starting with a torchlight procession on December 30th.