Discover Edinburgh

Edinburgh offers so many things to see and do, why not stay a little longer – and invite family and friends!

Few cities can rival Edinburgh in terms of breath-taking architecture, world-class entertainment and cultural significance. Not only is Edinburgh a vibrant and modern capital city, but it also retains its rich history. The small, narrow cobbled alleys of the Old Town and the elegance of the crescents in New Town show exactly why Edinburgh has earned its UNESCO status.

With an excellent selection of lively pubs and bars, you can be assured of a warm Scottish welcome! Try the traditional fare of haggis, neeps and tatties in the eateries around the city – Edinburgh is home to more Michelin starred restaurants than any other part of the UK outside London. And don’t leave without sampling a warming dram or two of the national drink!

Don’t forget to use your Edinburgh Rewards scheme (one will be in your delegate bag!) – offered by Scottish tourism board, the pocket-sized Rewards Passport not only provides a handy city map and tips for your visit, but includes discounts on local restaurants and attractions. The Edinburgh Rewards Passport is also fully downloadable from the Apple App Store/GooglePlay.

If you wish to explore Edinburgh whilst at Veterinary Evidence Today, we’ve short-listed our favourite places in the city to help you get the most out of your visit!

  1. Royal Botanic Garden

20a Inverleith Row, EH3 5LR

The Royal Botanic Garden is situated in Inverleith, one mile north of the city centre. The Botanics captures the imagination of everyone who visits and is world renowned for its horticultural excellence. Over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds provide a tranquil haven just outside the bustling the city centre. Enjoy a gentle stroll through Edinburgh’s stunning botanic gardens and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents throughout the changing seasons.

  1. Arthurs Seat

Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Scotland which form most of Holyrood Park. Situated in the centre of the city, one mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle, the hill rises above the city to a height of 250.5 m, providing excellent panoramic views of the city, is relatively easy to climb. Though it can be climbed from almost any direction, the easiest and simplest ascent is from the east, where a grassy slope rises above Dunsapie Loch.

  1. National Galleries of Scotland

The Mound, EH2 2EL

Comprised of the Royal Scottish Academy building and the National Gallery of Scotland, two magnificent neo-classical designs by William Henry Playfair, it houses works by many old masters, including Titian, Da Vinci, Raphael and Vermeer, as well as other pre-eminent artists such as Monet, Degas, Constable, Turner and Cezanne. Best of all, entry is free. There are three other buildings that make up the NGS – the Dean Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in the West End, and the National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street.

  1. The Royal Mile

Escape the hive of activity and clamour of The Royal Mile and disappear down one of its many closes – hidden in plain sight – for your chance to discover a hidden retreat. A prime example being Dunbar’s Close Garden located just beside The Canongate Kirk. Wander down Dunbar’s Close to reveal a garden laid out in the character of the seventieth century, donated to the city of Edinburgh by the Mushroom Trust in 1978 and named after Edinburgh writer David Dunbar who owned tenements on either side of this close in 1773.

  1. Edinburgh Castle

Castlehill, EH1 2NG

Scotland’s No. 1 visitor attraction is situated at the top of the Royal Mile on the top of Castle Rock, just minutes away from The Assembly Rooms, located on top of an extinct volcano that has unparalleled views of the city. The number one choice for tourists in Edinburgh, a trip to the capital isn’t complete without a visit the city’s most iconic landmark – Edinburgh Castle. Aim for last entry, because that’s arguably the best time to enjoy what the castle has to offer, as it’s usually quieter, and offers the best chance to look over the city as dusk falls.