The medieval Scottish capital of Edinburgh is filled with neoclassical buildings, rolling hills and an endless history that engulfs the city (and you!) no matter where you stand. From the top of the Scott Monument to the colorful antique stores, here is a quick guide to Edinburgh.
FAST FIVE FACTS
Population: 1.4 million
Location: Edinburgh is located on the east coast of Southern Scotland
Time Zone: UTC +0
Currency: Great British Pound
WHEN TO VISIT
The weather in Edinburgh is often regarded as being temperate with excessive rains in summer and some pretty cold winters. July and August are usually the hottest months with average temperatures of 15 degrees while January is the coldest, usually around 3 degrees. The majority of rainfall occurs in October.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
- Visit Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh castle forms one of Scotland’s most recognized monuments. Here you can view the crown jewels of Scotland, St Margaret’s Chapel which is now known as Edinburgh’s oldest building, the national war museum and the vaults that once held prisoners of war. If you love listening to history then either book a guided tour guide by the caste stewards or an audio guide which is available in eight different languages.
- See the Scott monument
The Scott monument forms the largest monument in the world dedicated solely to a writer, more specifically Sir Walter Scott who was a novelist, playwright and poet. Climb the 287 steps which lead to the top of the monument from where you can overlook both the city of Edinburgh and the beautiful countryside.
- Visit the National galleries of Scotland
The Scottish National Gallery is found in central Edinburgh and was first opened to the public in 1859. Today it houses an array of artworks from the early renaissance period to the end of the nineteenth century. Here you’ll find works by Raphael, Monet, Cezanne and Van Gogh. The best part is that admission is free.
- Shop on Victoria Street
Victoria Street forms a unique eclectic shopping area where you can find almost anything from tartan skirts to art to cheese! It also forms one of the most photographed locations in Edinburgh because of the colorful store fronts.
WHAT TO EAT
- Taste Haggis
You can’t visit Scotland without tasting at least one of their iconic dishes. This time, it’s going to be haggis. This savory pudding usually contains a variety of sheep heart, liver and lungs; all minced together with some spices. It is traditionally served encased in the animal’s stomach.
Have you been to Edinburgh? Do you have any recommendations on things to do and see?