When you want to see the heart of Scotland, there’s no better place to travel than Edinburgh. Steeped in history and rich culture, you can never leave Edinburgh without taking home a piece of what the Scots have to offer. It’s a place full to the brim with inspiration and creativity but if you need any more reason to visit, you’ve come to the right place.

Take a look at all the reasons why Edinburgh should be top of your travel list this year.

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World Class Art

Edinburgh is full of art studios and galleries so there is something for every taste. From the eclectic art shown at The Arusha Gallery to the contemporary art pieces at Fruitmarket Gallery, you’re bound to find something to please the eye. 

If it’s historical art you’re fascinated with, Dovecot Studios offers a look at tapestry art with a range of rugs and textiles that depict different historical eras. It’s a wonderful glimpse into the creative world in Edinburgh so it’s not to be missed.


You’d have to walk around Edinburgh with your eyes closed to avoid noticing the beautiful architecture. The city has something to look at around every corner. Paired with the cobbled walkways, it can feel like being transported into a different dimension. 

While you’re there, take a look at St Giles Cathedral which dates back to 1124 and Edinburgh Castle which sits high above the city and can be seen while you do some shopping below. Others include Scott’s Monument and St Margaret’s Cathedral but there are tons of sites to choose from during your visit.

Places To Stay

You have so many choices when it comes to places to stay in Edinburgh. From hostels to family run B&Bs or even five star hotels. Where you stay will depend on the type of experience you want to have in Edinburgh.

If you’re looking for a luxury tour of the city, there are many choices available. However, if you want an authentic experience of everything Edinburgh has to offer, staying in a family run B&B should be your top choice. You can use one of the many luggage storage options in the city while you wait for your room to become available if you don’t want to waste any exploring time. The Scottish people are very friendly and accommodating and they’re always happy to give suggestions when you need them.


There’s no better place than Edinburgh if you’re looking for entertainment. It has something for every age, so whether you’re traveling as a family or on your own, you’ll find something that suits. There are usually events planned right throughout the year, like the famous Edinburgh festival that brings together people of varied talents.

Edinburgh nightlife is also hailed as the best in the UK. The city is bursting with pubs, clubs, and entertainment venues where you can enjoy yourself into the early hours of the morning. 

Food and Drink

Scottish cuisine is incredible, with the city offering a huge range of fantastic places to eat. If you’re just looking for a quick bite to eat while you’re exploring, there are tons of fish and chip shops serving the freshest, mouth watering fish. If it’s a romantic evening meal you’re planning, why not book a table at one of the award winning restaurants in the city?

If you want to try something different, you’re in

the right city. Haggis is a staple in Scotland so you won’t have to look far to give it a go. You could also try a Scotch pie or a potato scone while you’re there.

Haunted Trails

Ever wanted to go on a real ghost hunt? Edinburgh is the perfect place for searching for the paranormal. Generations have been visiting Edinburgh just to take part in the ghost trails that are all along the city. 

You’ll find independent tour guides who can tell you ghost stories from the local area in small groups or you can head to the Edinburgh Vaults for a more professional setting. Inside the vaults you’ll see chambers that date back to the 1700s and housed some of the city’s most notorious criminals. With stories about everything from shocking crimes to the black plague, you’re sure to leave with a scare.

Edinburgh is a busy and fascinating place that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. If you’ve enjoyed reading this article, take a look at the others.

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