- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.