This is the number one attraction in Edinburgh and is probably the most famous of them all. The structure is striking and dominates the capital of Scotland. The earliest sections of the castle date back to the 12th Century and now it houses important historical relics such as the Stone of Destiny and the Crown Jewels of Scotland. If you are a history buff, then you could easily spend the whole day at the castle and get entrenched in all the compelling stories. If you are on more of a deadline, then I would recommend going early morning or late afternoon as the attraction is less busy during these times. The entry for adults is £17 per person and children between 5-15 years old is £10.20 per person.
The Scotch Whisky Experience
You can’t come to Edinburgh and not sample the whisky that this brilliant country has to offer, an enjoyable way to do this is via The Scotch Whisky Experience. This attraction is great to learn about the whisky making process and it’s particularly good at helping you to find a whisky that suits your palate. Entry begins from £15 per person for the Silver Tour, but I would recommend the Gold Tour at £26 per person as this comes with a tasting tray of 4 single malt whiskies.
This is most certainly the heart of Edinburgh and is the area that most tourists will have heard of before they venture to the city. The Royal Mile, which was a Scottish mile in measurement, connects Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. This area is perfect for eating, drinking and shopping – hence why it is possibly the busiest area in town. Also, scattered throughout the Royal Mile are some sites that show the history of the city including St Giles Cathedral. Although during peak times the area can get very busy, the energy is almost hypnotic. I’m sure you will want to come back to explore all the little streets and curious lanes.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
This surprisingly old scientific attraction has actually been housed in Edinburgh since the 1850’s. Essentially the Camera Obscura is a way to see a live shot of the whole city across a 21ft viewing table. The Camera Obscura is housed at the top of a tower, with the first five floors containing activities and experiments that will entertain children and big kids like myself – think of it like a very interactive science museum. Once at the top there is a show that is an interesting way to see the city and the guide will entertain you with stories about Edinburgh. The prices are £15 for adults and £11 for children between 5-15 years old. This is definitely a great place to spend a few hours with the family and will amuse anyone with an inquisitive mind.
Article By: Gurpreet Singh