The historic thoroughfare, called The Royal Mile, runs through Edinburgh’s Old Town from the Castle to Holyrood for one Scots mile. That’s longer than a regular mile, in case you were wondering!
The birthplace of 17th-century Scottish Presbyterianism, this church is a landmark of the country’s religious history. It still holds Sunday services in English and Scottish Gaelic.
Edinburgh has several large festivals occupying its streets throughout summer, including their film, jazz, and book festivals. However, it’s common to mistake the Edinburgh Fringe – the world’s largest performing arts festival – as THE festival. It spans 25 days of August. This year’s exact dates, and those for the other events too, can be found here.
Book at least a week in Edinburgh if you can. Many of the city’s most popular attractions require more time than you’ll realise and there’s already more than enough to do, especially during festival season. Plus, if you haven’t ventured into Scotland’s awe-inspiring countryside before, you should consider at least one day trip out of the city too!
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Spring for the mild weather, summer for the cultural events!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Must see attraction for anyone who recalls Britannia at Cowes Regatta
A remarkable insight into life aboard this iconic ship where Royalty and the ship’s company co-existed to enjoy life at sea. The first-rate attraction with excellent audio guidance that enables visitors to view the ship in a very relaxed way. Linger and ponder what it must have been like for the Royal Family, Ambassadors, Presidents, and international dignitaries to be entertained aboard in such homely and unpretentious surroundings. There is nothing ostentatious about it. That can certainly be said about the rather basic crew quarters! The guides on board were friendly and well informed particularly the long chat with Tim O’Brien who it turns out has written a book about Britannia was very engaging. A glass of champagne and lunch in the Tea Room on the top deck is a must to finish off there visit.
Edinburgh: The Royal Yacht Britannia Ticket & Audio Guide reviewed by Neill
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Spooky even during the day, but fun activity
We weren’t able to book the evening tour because it interfered with another walking tour we had scheduled that day, so we went during the day. It was still very scary! Once you’re in there, you lose the sense of time. We were spooked but we really enjoyed the experience
Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour reviewed by Kristina,
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ If you enjoyed the HP books, you have to do this tour
Loved this walking tour. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and it was really interesting to see where J.K. Rowling drew her inspirations from characters, names, locations, and also where she was working on the books at the time. Highly recommend this tour to any partial or huge Harry Potter fans.
Edinburgh: Harry Potter Walking Tour reviewed by Kristina
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Relaxing, informative and great opportunity to see St. Andrews
The tour guide, David, was very knowledgeable about the area. Nice stopover in a fishing village. Adequate time to visit St. Andrews. Not rushed. Plenty of time to see highlights and have leisurely lunch. Last stop at the castle for 5 minutes was not worthwhile. Would have liked 30 – 45 minutes there.
St Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Tour from Edinburgh reviewed by jonny
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