Tours and Attractions
Edinburgh may we’ll be famed for its rich history and stunning architecture but it also offers some truly memorable tours and experiences. If you have the time we highly recommend venturing up to Leith, Edinburgh’s port to the north of the city. Leith’s industrial roots have given way to a drastically redevelopment and now it boasts some of Edinburgh’s best bars and restaurants and of course the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The former royal yacht of the British monarch is now permanently berthed in Leith where it is open to visitors from 10am until 3.30pm. Discover what life was like on board Her Majesty’s floating Royal residence – taking in the understated elegance of the state apartments.
The Royal Botanical Gardens can be visited on the route to or from Leith (we recommend the ‘hop-on-hop-off-bus’) and is the perfect place to take a stroll while reflecting on the highs and lows of the rugby result! The gardens were established in 1670 to grow medicinal plants and are now a world-renowned centre for plant science. Covering an expanse of around seventy acres it boasts over a quarter of a million individual plants and around 13,000 different species.
If you’re looking for something a little quirky then a number of companies offer underground tours and ghost walks. Journey through the largest system of underground caverns in Edinburgh at the Blair Street Vaults, explore Mary King’s Close with its warren of hidden streets frozen in time or, if you’re feeling brave, join the underground ghost tour in the South Bridge Vaults.
A taste of Scotland
If your idea of a perfect weekend is less about adrenaline filled ghost tours and more about thrilling your taste buds… Edinburgh won’t disappoint. Conveniently located at the top of the Royal Mile you can join a whisky tour at the Scotch Whisky Experience – housing the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky, or dine it their Amber restaurant while sampling the extensive whisky menu.