What to See in Edinburgh

What to See in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is a great vacation spot, with all sorts of different places tourists will enjoy visiting. If you're planning a visit to Edinburgh or just scouting out different places you might like to visit someday, here are 10 amazing attractions that you should really try to see in the city some day.


1. National Museum of Scotland

This museum changes its exhibits on a regular basis, so there's always something new to see, even if you've been there before. Most of the objects in this museum have never been displayed except in here, so they're worth seeing!


2. Edinburgh Castle

Speaking of the castle, it simply must be visited. Wander through the castle and enjoy the beautiful architecture. Make sure you're ready for the daily 1 p.m. shell firing - it's loud and can be quite startling if you're unprepared.


3. The Royal Botanic Garden

This garden hails back to the 1600s. If you're tired of crowds, the garden is a truly beautiful spot to escape from the craziness of tourism, with an atmosphere that encourages quiet reflection. There's nothing like enjoying nature to soothe a frazzled soul.


4. Sheep Heid Inn

If you're looking for a historic Scottish pub, you're going to have a tough time finding any. The Sheep Heid should end your search, with its old-timey atmosphere and impressive guest beers, though you will have to make your way over some hills to get there.


5. Golfing

Golf is one of the best sports to pursue in Edinburgh. There are several courses available, many within sight of some of the city's greatest landmarks, like Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh Castle. Explore the many historic courses, including Muirfield, which has hosted the Open 15 times.


6. Calton Hill

While this is not the tallest hill in Edinburgh, it's one of the most scenic, with a beautiful gothic feel to it. It is also notable for being Robert Louis Stevenson's favorite. Climb to the top and enjoy the view.


7. Macsween of Edinburgh

You can't come to Edinburgh and not sample the local delicacies. If you're brave enough to try a taste of haggis, Macsween offers the best. You can even get vegetarian haggis, for any who don't eat meat but don't want to be left out.


8. Edinburgh Old Town Weaving Co

When people think of Scottish clothing, what do they think of? Kilts. At this shop, you can learn about the history of kilt-making and wearing, educate yourself on various tartans, and, finally, purchase a kilt of your very own.


9. Scottish Storytelling Centre

An imaginative museum centered on the lore and legends of Scottish history, it's something that is sure you grab everyone's attention. Storytelling festivals take place here every year, so check your schedules before you go.


10. Bus Tours

A sightseeing bus with an open top is the perfect way to get a quick view of the city. You're not locked into the tour schedule - you can hop off at places you'd like to visit, and hop back on when another bus comes by.


Maybe you'll be able to make it to one! With all these amazing sights, it's no reason that Edinburgh is a perpetual tourist favorite. If this sounds like something you'd love to see for yourself, grab a friend and start planning a trip!

Editor, 04/18/2013