A majestic landmark which dominates the capital city's skyline just as it has dominated Scotland's long and colourful history. Edinburgh Castle is the best known and most visited of Historic Scotland's buildings. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol, and part of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site. A rich mix of architectural styles reflects the castle's complex history and role as both stronghold and seat of Kings. The tiny St Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh's oldest building, dates from the 1100s. Website
Museum of Scotland
The Museum of Scotland is a striking and impressive achievement, beautifully framed by its surroundings, by Edinburgh's Old and New Towns, and the landscape beyond. From the Museum's roof-top garden visitors will have an unrivalled view of the historical as well as architectural context of the new building. Edinburgh Castle , Greyfriars Kirk, the Scott Monument , the spires and pinnacles of the city, the sea, and the hills beyond interact with the new museum, reinforcing its role as a central point in the nation's heritage, a protector of Scotland 's treasures. In 1991 architects Benson + Forsyth were selected as winners of the architectural competition to design the new Museum of Scotland .
Edinburgh is the breathtakingly beautiful capital of Scotland, an exciting place to visit at any time of year. The Princess street Gardens are two adjacent public parks in the centre, lying in the shadow of the Castle. Edinburgh offers you superb sightseeing, historic buildings to explore, quiet galleries and museums to intrigue you, thrilling new attractions to discover, serious shopping, a vast choice of excellent Restaurants, Bistros, Wine Bars, Pubs and Cafes, and nightlife to suit all tastes.
Edinburgh Zoo is the largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland, commited to the highest standards of animal welfare, conservation and environmental education. In just one day, you can meet over 1,000 wonderful animals, in the beautiful parkland setting on the outskirts of Edinburgh. And you can also enjoy a wide range of visitor facilities, from free Hilltop Safari rides to the top of the hill, children's play areas, restaurants, gift shops and masses of events and activities throughout the year. Website
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen`s official Edinburgh residence and has frequently been at the centre of Scottish history. When the Queen`s away, public access is permitted to the stunning Historic and State Apartments, famous for their fine furnishing, tapestries and plasterwork. Website
The Royal Yacht Britannia
Over the years the Queen has welcomed heads of state and famous people from around the world to this luxurios vessel. After more than 40 years serving the Royal Family the 60 year old yacht was sent to Leith, Edinburgh`s port area. Once aboard you`ll learn about the history of this and other royal yachts as you explore the ship`s five main decks. Highlights include the Royal Apartments and bedrooms, the lovely sun lounge and the onboard Royal Deck Tea Room where you can stop for tea and cakes. Website
Edinburgh`s Royal Botanic Garden
The Garden is one of the finest botanic gardens in the world. A pleasure for all the family, it offers fantasctic views of the capital`s skyline, featuring Edinburgh Castle, and is located just a mile from the city centre. Visitors can discover a fascinating history which dates back 300 years, learn about plantings and walk around 70 acres of beautiful landscape. Open all year, hosts a popular programme of events, exhibitions and guided tours. The Garden`s restaurants include the award winning Gateway Restaurant and the Terrace Cafe. Website
The Holyrood Park`s highest point is Arthur`s Seat, an ancient volcano and sits 251m above sea level giving excellent view of the city. This is one of four hill forts dating from around 2000 years ago. With its diverse range of flora and geology it is also site of Special Scientific Interest. Within the park you can also visit St Anthony`s Chapel and the Duddingston Loch as well.