Tourist Attractions to Visit in Edinburgh

Tourist Attractions to Visit in Edinburgh

by Scottish Tourer February 15, 2022

There are simply so many places to visit in Scotland it can be really hard to know where to start. There are so many beautiful castles, ruins, museums, gardens and of course lots of hills! Many of our Scottish Tourer customers come to us via Edinburgh and this can often be the start of their holiday. Being the capital it has so much to offer and so much to see. We can offer a taxi service from the major cities to our depot to begin your holiday with us so don’t let that stop you exploring before joining us. 


The National Museum is located here on Chambers Street it really is a hidden gem full of history , precious artefacts and exhibitions. Throughout the year the exhibitions change so its somewhere you can visit numerous times and always see and find out something new. There are numerous galleries here which are home to a variety of science, art, design and fashion. The building itself is a lovely experience and there is a lovely cafe. 

  • Edinburgh Castle really needs no introduction as to why you would want to visit it. It stands above the city and it dominates the skyline. For an interesting fact it is actually a site of an extinct volcano. Steeped in history it makes a wonderful day out for all the family.

Edinburgh Castle

  • If Art is on your bucket list look no further than the Scottish National Gallery which is home to art from the Renaissance to the 19th Century.  Here you can learn about Scottish Artists who’s work is hung here along with the famous Raphael and Van Gogh. 
  • St Giles Cathedral is found down the royal mile so nice and central. Here you can take in the amazing architecture and breath taking building. They do a Sunday service here and for more information please visit their website Here you will also find some activities for children to do either at home or while they visit the Cathedral. 
  • Royal Botanic Garden is a world renowned garden which has over 300 years of history. Learn all about the plants and the conservation work that is going on here. Here they have many projects going on, one being tropical diversity in which the scientists here are studying on how best to preserve and the cause for the diversity between the UK and Amazonia. Amazonia have 16000 native trees as opposed to the UK which has 30.
  • National War Museum is a fantastic free activity to explore the exhibitions on display. The museum is located within Edinburgh Castle and will feed those keen to absorb more history and learn about Scotland’s involvement int he war. 
  • Regimental Museum of the Royal Scots is located on Sauchiehall Street And is also a free activity. The building has been headquarters of the RHF since 1960 however the building itself dates back to 1825. The museum officially opened in 1999 by the Secretary of State for Defence George Robertson. Here you can explore the medals, firearms, weapons, flags, clothing, paintings, books and memorabilia it is a truly remarkable place to visit. 
  • Edinburgh Bus tours are a great way to explore the city and hear all about the various buildings, museums and points of interest. There are also ghost bus tours for those who wish for a spooky experience of Edinburgh. They are a fantastic way to see all over Edinburgh without having to walk or navigate normal bus routes. 
  • Edinburgh Zoo is a popular choice for families there is simply so much to see and do it can fill an entire day for everyone. At present the zoo is working with conservation and have in the past year had a pygmy hippo calf which are endangered. Along with all the animals to visit and learn about, they offer adopt an animal programme which aids conservation and research into protecting vulnerable species and promoting breeding and reintegration into the wild.

Edinburgh Zoo logo

Edinburgh really has so much to see and do. It is a great starting point for your holiday and if you find yourself here for just a night or two there is plenty to keep everyone entertained here. We offer collection at train stations and airports with our minibus. This does need to be pre-booked but does take out some of the stress of taxis, buses and further trains. Please do not hesitate to get in touch to book your next holiday. 


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