In the city
After exploring Edinburgh Castle, enjoy a leisurely walk down the Royal Mile taking in the wealth of quirky, independent shops selling traditional Scottish goods including whisky, tartan and cashmere.
Visit the beautiful St Giles Cathedral which, with its infamous spire, stands between the castle and the controversial Scottish Parliament building which also attracts many visitors thanks to its unique and quirky exterior. Stop for lunch on the way (we recommend Deacon Brodie’s Tavern for a traditional Scottish pub lunch) before visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the foot of the Royal Mile, the Queen’s official residence when she’s in Scotland.
Out of the town
If you fancy getting out of the city for the day, the stunning Scottish Borders and coastline are on our doorstep.
Visit Roslin Chapel (also known as Rosslyn Church), located to the south of Edinburgh (south east of Roslin Village) to learn more about its amazing history and how it featured in Dan Brown’s infamous book and film, The Da Vinci Code. In the afternoon, enjoy a brisk beach walk at Seacliff, four miles east of North Berwick, or Yellowcraigs in East Lothian. Scottish beaches are breath-taking at any time of year! And in North Berwick itself – just 2.5 miles south of the Scottish border – visit the Scottish Seabird Centre, an award-winning wildlife attraction complete with Visitor Centre, shop and cafe, before exploring the town centre and beach.