Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, is steeped in history and tradition that can still be seen and experienced today. Sometimes known as the 'Athens of the North,' the city is packed with ancient architecture and exquisite panoramas. You can expect an excellent variety of museums, leafy parks and quirky attractions to keep you entertained. Adding to the city's appeal are the number of eating options and the cosy pubs render it an outstanding destination all year round.
Explore Edinburgh Castle
Begin with the capital's most famous and recognisable landmark, Edinburgh Castle, which sits on top of an extinct volcano. Dating back from the 12th Century, the castle has been the setting for many important and tumultuous events in Scotland, in fact it claims to be the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world!
Climb Arthur's Seat
Craving the Scottish nature? Luckily you don't have to go too far. Grab your trainers and head up Arthur's Seat, the highest point of an ancient volcano which offers stunning panoramic views for miles around on a clear day. Begin your hike from Holyrood Park at the end of the Royal Mile and follow the marked path. It takes around 45-minutes to hike up but the views and photo opportunities are well worth it. The name is thought to have emerged from King Arthur's legendary tales.
Reach the top of Calton Hill
If you don't have time to climb Arthur's Seat, but you still want a good view of Edinburgh, the next best place is Calton Hill at the end of Princes Street. Atop of the hill you are greeted by a visually impressive but surprising collection of buildings and monuments that look a little out of place in Scotland. Many of the buildings, such as the National Monument and Dugald Stewart Monument, look like they would have been more at home at the Acropolis in Athens. Nevertheless, take the opportunity to explore the various monuments and enjoy the great views of the city skyline.
Surgeons' Hall Museums
Another quirky museum to add to the list, but this one comes with a disclaimer: it's definitely not for the faint-hearted! But if you're the sort of person who binge watches medical and crime dramas and documentaries, then you're probably going to love it. Housing the largest collection of surgical pathology in the world, this museum offers a fascinating insight into medical history. Expect preserved bone and tissue specimens, artworks and a range of interactive exhibits guaranteed to grab your attention.