With its UNESCO-listed Old and New Towns, scenic canals and famous seven hills, Edinburgh is a town made for getting around on foot, but with its rough cobblestone lanes and steep hillsides, make sure to pack your hiking boots. For an even more memorable experience, opt for one of these four unique walking tours of Edinburgh, led by expert local guides.
With everything from historic pubs to quirky theme bars and upmarket wine bars, and new bars and clubs springing up all around the city, Edinburgh’s legendary nightlife is always one step ahead. It’s not all pints of beer and shots of Scotch whiskey either – there are plenty of spots to order a daiquiri or a whiskey sour too. From award-winning bars to local hideaways, here are 5 of Edinburgh’s best cocktail bars.
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Scotland so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Scotland!
With so many world class festivals going off in Edinburgh in August, it’s easy for the city’s smaller events to fly under-the-radar, but the vibrant Edinburgh Mela Festival has carved a niche for itself, offering an incomparable celebration of south Asian culture and heritage. Held each August since 1995, the Edinburgh Mela Festival has earned itself a reputation for cultural diversity, with its ethnic flavor and eclectic mix of world music, dance, fashion and food providing a welcome alternative to the big-name international stars and homegrown acts featured in the city’s other festivals.
With its UNESCO-listed Old and New Towns, imposing hilltop castle and impressive collection of museums, there’s no shortage of things to do in Edinburgh, but the Scottish capital also makes a strategic base for exploring the surrounding sights. Escape the city and discover Scotland’s other highlights on one of these top multi-day and day trips from Edinburgh.
The Royal Mile is the most famous street in Edinburgh; it’s packed with visitors and locals at most hours of the day. You might think that such a famous street couldn’t possibly hold any secrets – but you’d be wrong. The Royal Mile Walking Tour is dedicated to revealing the secrets that the Royal Mile does indeed still hold. It shows you some of the coolest hidden spots that are dotted along the Royal Mile.