5 Interesting Things To Do In Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of the cities that has recreational activities that fit in with its character and identity.

Rich mysterious history, trippy and quirky tours and exhibits, lots of skyline views so high you can feel the blustriness and bitterness of the wind swaying through you. Although amongst those there are things you can’t leave off an Edinburgh bucket-list and going by experience can be done within a day or two there. A lot of them predominantly being in the old town.

Here’s five things to do that’ll find you leaving Edinburgh with a more memorable experience than you might have thought beforehand.

1. Taste Haggis

If you’re a food lover and fascinated by a country’s national cuisine then Haggis is a go-to food for you if you hit up Scotland not to mention Edinburgh. Haggis is a type of pudding that has oatmeal, minced meat and onion as its main ingredients. You can get a piece of haggis also anywhere! Whether it’s at a food stall on a random street, a restaurant in the centre of town (the old or new town) or down your local cafe. Delicious

There are also vegan/vegetarian options available at a lot of restaurants and stalls for anyone not about the meat life!

2. Climb up to Calton Hill and admire the scenery

It’s been more than just a hill to climb Been a place where criminals have served prison sentences and have had buildings occupied by the government. The city observatory is also located at Calton Hill. Imagine full a stories spanning acrosos multiple generations.

This is one of those bits of phenomenal scenery I was referring to. Definitely Instagram-worthy if you’re looking for some better pics for your socials.

Here you get a great view of other headline attractions such as Scott Monument and Edinburgh Castle.

On a sunny, warm day there are few attractions out in the world, some which are in Edinburgh obviously, that could rival or better what you see up in Calton Hill. It is said to liken the Acropolis of Athens. No surprise there as a lot of the architecture of the city’s attractions resemble Athens.

Alternatively check out Edinburgh Castle Or Arthur’s Seat for views that are just as absorbing.

3. Go Whisky tasting on the Scotch Whisky Experience

Scotland is synonymous with alcohol, particularly scotch whisky, and paying tribute to sone of the finest whiskies in the world is the Scotch whisky experience

When you’re having a shot of whisky on a part of the world that takes strong pride in it the way Scots do you gotta do it the way: pick the whisky with your preferred flavour/aroma, know whether to mix it or not or drink with the right drinking technique. I know – a lot to do and for me with alcohol I just want to swallow the whole damn glass but its all part of embracing a culture. The Scotch Whisky experience is worthwhile if you want to be educated about the subtleties of whisky and what’s behind the production of it.

Not everyone is necessarily a whisky person or an alcohol enthusiast in general. Like a person I met at an event actually told me scotch whisky tasted like “ass”.

Anyway you’ll find the Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile. Standard Silver tour is £16, which is the cheapest tour experience on offer.

4. Visit A Harry Potter Themed attraction

Edinburgh brings about an aura of mystery and fantasy when you think of the activities on offer, the storied being told and it uses it as a commercial pull.

This is where Harry Potter comes into it. There isn’t anywhere elements of arguably the most famous fantasy book and film franchise. Victoria Street was the very street behind the creation of Diagon Alley. Greyfriars Bobby is known to be but ironically was like a dojo for J.K Rowling. She would often go there to collect her thoughts and find some inspiration to write.

There’s The Elephant House Cafe where Rowling actually did most if not all of the writing for Harry Potter and Balmont Hotel where she stayed and finished off Deathly Hallows. Price to stay in very room she was in? £1000+ for one night. Stack them pennies up Hogwarts!

There are loads of Harry Potter themed shops like Museum Of Content or Diagon House where you can pop in and grab a magic wand, broom or any other merchandise as a souvenir – for a cheaper price of course!

5. Go On A Ghost Tour

Edinburgh is crazy about its ghost tours and sending their tourists haunted and chilled by its dark history if you’ve come to get scared by the potential of ghosts and ghouls being around you’ve come to the right city.

Go through the hidden, dark alleys and passageways as the tour guides tell the gruesome stories of some of the biggest crimes in Edinburgh history. See the prisons, and dungeons and other places of captivity criminals served their punishments. Encounter props people used to conflict many acts of crime, murder included!

The ghost tour was done by CityExplorers.com that are free of charge

It’s also a fun way for you to meet other tourists and interact with them about your travel lives, as per most walking tours.

Final Word

Special mentions go to the Scott Monument, Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat!

Those are my 5 most interesting quirks about the city of Edinburgh. Over to you guys: have you visited Edinburgh before? Have I missed out any of your favourite things about the city? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures


Johnny is a 23-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!


  1. Millie
    March 28, 2019 / 6:22 am

    I’m on my way to Edinburgh right now and we are doing the ghost tour by city explorers this evening!!

    • Johnny
      March 29, 2019 / 2:48 pm

      Ohh yeah of course! Hope you’re enjoying your time there 🙂 How did you find the ghost tour?

  2. March 29, 2019 / 12:41 pm

    Scotland is on our boys’ bucket list for all of the Harry Potter themed spots!!! Can’t wait to get there someday!

    • Johnny
      March 29, 2019 / 2:50 pm

      It’ll be worth the wait trust me. There’s barely anywhere in the city where you cant find something HP related. Also I forgot to add that Voldermort’s grave (or the inspiration behind his grave) is a must visit too!

    • April 1, 2019 / 5:43 pm

      This post makes me want to go to Edinburgh. I loved it there and I didn’t even get to try the whisky! I’ll definitely be doing that next time.

      Calton hill also looks great and perhaps it’ll be a bit easier to get to than Arthur’s seat.

      Caitlin | budgetbreaks.org

    • Johnny
      March 31, 2019 / 7:37 pm

      Thank you, appreciate the share. Really helps 🙂

    • Johnny
      April 1, 2019 / 2:08 pm

      Yeah can imagine, Scotland can’t have a very popular national dish without a care for vegans or vegetarians 😆😆 Hope you get to tick Edinburgh off soon!

  3. Greatness Reinvented
    March 31, 2019 / 7:29 pm

    Great post. We do love Edinburgh spent a lot of time there. There is a great bar in the vaults with various theme rooms and a cinema.

    GR | https://www.thegreat.uk

    • Johnny
      April 1, 2019 / 2:09 pm

      Oh really? That sounds somewhere quite exciting, what bar is it called?

  4. March 31, 2019 / 9:23 pm

    I’ve never been to Edinburgh so this post was really helpful. Going whisky tasting sound great and I love the idea of a ghost tour! A really like that this post included a few different things rather than just the typical tourist attractions x


    • Johnny
      April 2, 2019 / 5:59 pm

      Thank you Sophie, yeah I try to cater for a wider audience. Some travelers are foodies, others are more leisure or into history. Got to keep em all happy haha!

  5. March 31, 2019 / 9:41 pm

    Edinburgh had long been on my hitlist of cities to visit in Europe! Finally got to visit last month and I’m so glad I did!

    I did a couple of things on your list like:
    – eating haggis (wasn’t too keen)
    – climbed Calton Hill which is beautiful and less of a hike than Arthurs Seat
    – Visited many a Harry Potter attraction (how can you not)

    I’m glad you love the city as much as I did! Thanks for sharing your views!!

  6. Extracts of Alex
    April 1, 2019 / 10:03 am

    I agree with these points! Edinburgh is a cracking destination to visit, especially for a weekend break! I was last in Edinburgh in November last year. I tried haggis for the first time too, it was so damn tasty! I live in Nepal now, it’s making me miss the taste of haggis. What was your favourite part about your time in Edinburgh?

    • Johnny
      April 1, 2019 / 2:22 pm

      I agree 100% Glad you found haggis delicious too, you’re gonna be my alibi if someone asks about it haha! There was a lot of Edinburgh that I was impressed with tbh – I’d say the scenery up at Calton Hill and Edinburgh castle. It’s a very beautiful city – and also the supernatural, eerie aura about the city too. What about yours?

  7. April 1, 2019 / 4:31 pm

    This sounds like it’d be such a fun trip! The whiskey experience is right up my alley, but I think I’d be skeptical on trying Haggis. I never try new things🙈

    • Johnny
      April 2, 2019 / 5:58 pm

      Yeah there’s a lot of things you can do to enjoy yourself. Why so on not trying new things? If we never tried new things in our lives we would never be in the very place we’re in now 😂 Hope you give the idea of trying Haggis more of a chance

  8. April 1, 2019 / 7:02 pm

    Edinburgh is definitely on my list!! I’ve heard it’s great there. I’ll be sure to visit some of your recommendations.

    • Johnny
      April 2, 2019 / 10:22 am

      It IS great! Thank you for reading Rebecca 😊

  9. April 2, 2019 / 1:55 pm

    Thank you so much for uploading this list! I’m going to Edinburgh in two weeks and this has given me lots of new ideas for my trip itinerary.
    El | welshwanderer.com

  10. April 3, 2019 / 12:59 am

    WOW! I’ve never been to Edinburgh, but now I have to. You did such a great job in breaking down each one of these five things + providing fantastic photographs to go along. I’d def love to climb up to Calton Hill. Thanks for sharing! (:

    GABBY | http://www.gabbyabigaill.com

  11. April 7, 2019 / 6:26 pm

    Tasting Haggis was one of the things I wanted to force/encourage my partner to try – which he did. We also climbed Calton Hill which was super freezing but great views. I have a foodie-Edinburgh post coming this week which you might like if you enjoyed the food in the city… Did you try Cullen Skink on your ventures?

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