• Edinburgh Castle


Edinburgh is the historical, cultural, and political capital of Scotland. For nearly a thousand years, Scotland's kings, parliaments, writers, thinkers, and bankers have called Edinburgh home. Today, it remains Scotland's most sophisticated and entertaining city. It's a place of stunning vistas — nestled among craggy bluffs and studded with a prickly skyline of spires, towers, domes, and steeples. The city hums with life. Historic, monumental, fun, and well organized, Edinburgh is a tourist's delight.

At a Glance

▲▲▲ Edinburgh Castle Iconic 11th-century hilltop fort and royal residence complete with crown jewels, Romanesque chapel, memorial, and fine military museum.

▲▲▲ Royal Mile Historic road — good for walking — stretching from the castle down to the palace, lined with museums, pubs, and shops.

▲▲▲ National Museum of Scotland Intriguing, well-displayed artifacts from prehistoric times to the 20th century.

▲▲ Gladstone's Land Sixteenth-century Royal Mile merchant's residence.

▲▲ St. Giles' Cathedral Preaching grounds of Calvinist John Knox, with spectacular organ, Neo-Gothic chapel, and distinctive crown spire.

▲▲ Scottish Parliament Building Striking headquarters for Parliament, which returned to Scotland in 1999.

▲▲ Georgian New Town Elegant 1776 subdivision spiced with trendy shops, bars, and eateries.

▲▲ Georgian House Intimate peek at upper-crust life in the late 1700s.

▲▲ National Gallery of Scotland Choice sampling of European masters and Scotland's finest.

▲▲ Britannia The royal yacht with a history of distinguished passengers, a 15-minute trip out of town.

Writers' Museum at Lady Stair's House Tribute to Scottish literary triumvirate: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Mary King's Close Underground street and houses last occupied in the 17th century, viewable by guided tour.

Museum of Childhood Five stories of historic fun.

John Knox House Reputed 16th-century digs of the great reformer.

Cadenhead's Whisky Shop Untouristy store for sampling and buying whisky straight from the distilleries.

People's Story Proletarian life from the 18th to 20th centuries.

Museum of Edinburgh Historic mementos, from the original National Covenant inscribed on animal skin to early golf balls.

Palace of Holyroodhouse The Queen's splendid home away from home, with lavish rooms, 12th-century abbey, and gallery with rotating exhibits.

Sir Walter Scott Monument Climbable tribute to the famed novelist.



  • Edinburgh Castle Exterior, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Smart Phone User, Edinburgh, Scotland