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.
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.
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