20 Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland Travel Guide

Come with us as we explore the top attractions and things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland city tour. Our 20 things to do in Edinburgh include the best activities, museums, restaurants, shops, nightlife, food and entertainment venues of the city along with numerous suggestions for tours that will make your stay in Edinburgh unique and unforgettable.

Edinburgh has a very understated food scene with lots of traditional Scottish food (like Haggis) and many contemporary style restaurants to please your fancy. One suggestion we higly recommend is to take a Edinburgh food tour and also participate in Scotch Whiskey and Gin tours.

Your visit would not be complete with visiting Edinburgh Castle, walk down the Royal Mile and enjoy some of the legendary nightlife the city has to offer in both the new town and the old town.

20 things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland Travel Guide:

1) Edinburgh Castle
2) Scotch whiskey experience (suggestion)
3) Royal Mile Old Town for souvenir shopping
4) Edinburgh Walking Tours (Ghost Tour, Literary Tour, etc)
5) Eat traditional Scottish food: Haggis, neeps & tatties (suggestion: Whiski Rooms)
6) Palace of Holyrood (official resident of the British monarchy)
7) Holyrood Abbey and Garden
8) Edinburgh Gin Distillery (suggested tour)
9) National Museum of Scotland
10) Princes Street Garden
11) Dean Village (underrated place to visit)
12) Calton Hill and Arthur's Seat
13) Scott Monument for great views of Edinburgh
14) Royal Botanic Garden not far from New Town
15) Food Tour (Tip: Eat Walk Edinburgh)
16) Wynds and closes in Old Town of Edinburgh
17) San Giles Cathedral
18) Scottish Museum of National Gallery
19) Scottish National Gallery of Portraits Gallery
20) Nightlife in Edinburgh (pubs, live band or ceilidh)

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Our Edinburgh travel documentary guide covers some of the major attractions, including a food guide (best restaurants and street food), the best museums and the city during the day. We also cover activities not found in a typical Edinburgh tourist brochure or in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland.

20 Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland Travel Guide of the Best Attractions Video Transcription:

Our week in Edinburgh was packed with action! We tried Scotch gin and whiskey, wandered through narrow locks, faced the crowds on the Royal Mile, ate our haggis and even visited a castle, a palace and an abbey. So, if you are looking for things to do in Edinburgh on your visit, this video guide will show you all those attractions and then some!

Edinburgh Castle is hard to miss as it overlooks the city skyline. The first thing you should know about the castle is that it is not just a single building, so once you are in there it is quite a bit to see and do; You can visit the Royal Palace, see the Crown Jewels, see the gun firing of the one, enter the Chapel of St. Margaret, visit the National War Museum and much more, so give yourself time.

We also made time to visit the famous Royal Mile, which is the busiest street in Edinburgh's Old Town. There is a bit to see along here, so we first appeared in the Royal Mile Market, which is inside an old church, and from there we continued down the street, visiting small souvenir shops along the way. You will not have trouble finding a kilt here!

Another activity we really enjoyed was taking a food tour with Eat Walk Edinburgh. We got to try lots of delicious snacks and drinks along the way, and one of the highlights was visiting the Fugde House.

Another fun way to explore Edinburgh on foot is by strolling through the tiny straits. These little alleys were often named after a memorable occupant, and the old town is full of them.

And that's it for our visit to Edinburgh, Scotland. We hope you enjoyed following our trips and that this video gave you some ideas of things to do, food to try and places to visit around the city. As always, if you have any other suggestions of things to do in Edinburgh, feel free to share them with other travelers in the comments section below. Until next time!

This is part of our Travel in Scotland video series featuring Scottish food, Scottish culture and Scottish cuisine.

Music on this video courtesy of Audio Network

Video credits to Samuel and Audrey – Travel and Food Videos YouTube channel

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20 Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland Travel Guide

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  1. Just subscribed to your channel! Very detailed and helpful videos! A good candiate for a video is my country Malta. Very recommendable for Summer and culture. Keep it up πŸ˜€

  2. Impressed you found the square in dean village. I'd highly recommend a walk over Pentlands/glencourse reservoir.

  3. very cool and informative video. we are going to Edinburgh soon to meet the inlaws from Canada and you showed us a couple of cool places we will visit. thanks. happy traveling.

  4. Great Video, this will definitely be useful in the planning for my upcoming trip πŸ™‚
    Are most of the tourist attractions within one central area? Did you visit all these places on foot?

  5. My family and I are going to Scotland this summer, thanks for ideas for Edinburgh. One question, how much time would advise for the Castle, National Museum, and Holyrood Palace?

  6. awesome video! thanks for posting πŸ™‚

    my fiancee and I will be staying in Edinburgh for 3 days in October, it'll be our first time in Scotland! can you suggest your favorite 1-2 must-see places? thank you so much!

  7. What a great video! It just makes me sad that we only have 2 nights in Edinburgh, not nearly enough time. However, the previous 8 nights will be full of fun as well. Cannot wait for September!

  8. I would say you made the best TRAVEL GUIDE VIDEO ever!!!! Very informative! I'm leaving to Edinburgh tomorrow, and i will go to places you recommend.
    Keep making videos!!


  9. Hey guys, you’re videos are great!! I’m going to Scotland in about a month for travel and love so many of the things you covered of what to do in Scotland. I have a couple of questions though:

    1) How much is transportation in Edinburg? Like taxis/uber/etc.
    2) What the situation with money? Coming from the US/Canada do I have to contact my bank or someone to be able to access my accounts while overseas?

    Keep making these great videos my girlfriend and I love them!

  10. 1 question, do you need a car to travel around Edinburgh? or public transport will cover all major tourist area ?

  11. i followed your steps in Berlin this time i will try yours again in Edinburgh. well done guys.By the way i tried the currywurst in Berlin. it was nice.

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