|Places to visit in
Edinburgh Castle, towers majestically above Princes Street Gardens on
a steep rock-faced cliff. The Castle is undoubtedly Edinburgh's most
distinctive and most visited attractions.
The Museum of Scotland unveils
the story of Scotland's rich cultural heritage that touches many people
throughout the world. This stunning museum houses magnificent nationals
collections of artifacts, illustrations and exhibitions pertaining to
the land, the people and the culture of Scotland.
Mary King's Close
A guided tour through
a warren of hidden streets beneath the Royal Mile dating back to the
16th century: dramatic episodes from the past are recreated, including
life in plague-ridden Edinburgh during the 17th century.
This is an official residence
of the Queen and the Royal Family in Edinburgh.
In the village of Roslin,
just a couple of miles south of Edinburgh's bypass, lies one of the
most remarkable pieces of church architecture in Scotland. Since its
construction began in 1446 Rosslyn Chapel has evoked wonder and surprise
with the beauty and intricacy of its stonework.
Gallery of Scotland
Opened to the public in 1859, the National Gallery
of Scotland is situated in the heart of Edinburgh and is home to Scotland's
greatest collection of European paintings and sculpture from the Renaissance
to Post-Impressionism, one of the very finest galleries of its size
in the world.
Britannia is now permanently berthed at Ocean
Terminal, in Edinburgh's historic port of Leith, and visitors can
now see for themselves all aspects of life on this remarkable ship.
St Giles' Cathedral
lies on Edinburgh's Royal Mile about two thirds of the way up from the
Palace of Holyroodhouse to Edinburgh Castle. For the better part of
a thousand years St Giles' has been at the physical and spiritual heart
of Scotland's capital city and many key moments in history have been
played out in or around it.
Discover the lives of Thomas Gladstone's tenants and experience
what life was really like in Edinburgh’s old town 400 years
Georgian House is part of Robert Adam's masterpiece of urban design,
Charlotte Square. It dates from 1796, when those who could afford it
began to escape from the cramped, squalid conditions of Edinburgh's
Old Town to settle in the fashionable New Town.
World famous stretch of road connecting
Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace, the Queen's residence in Scotland.
Our Dynamic Earth is a fantastic journey
of discovery. Travel back in time to witness the Big Bang from the
deck of a space ship, then forward through the history of our planet.
Scotland's new Parliament
sits at the foot of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile in front of the spectacular
Holyrood Park and Salisbury Crags. Constructed from a mixture of steel,
oak, and granite, the complex building has been hailed as one of the
most innovative designs in Britain today.
Located within the center of Edinburgh
at Holyrood Park, the remains of this extinct volcano rise 823 feet
making it a notable landmark of the city.
Historic neighborhood lined with
monuments dating back to the Enlightenment.
of Leith walkway
The Water of
Leith is the most significant area of green space within Edinburgh's
city centre and suburbs. The Water of Leith Walkway is 12 miles from
Balerno to Leith.
National Gallery of Modern Art
museum, along with the nearby Dean gallery, houses a small but impressive
collection of modern art.
70 acres of beautifully
manicured lawns and flowers: a perfect outing for a sunny afternoon.
This popular zoo is 80 acres and
houses more than 1,600 animals, many from threatened wildlife species.
This museum is devoted to the
memory of three famous Scottish writers: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott
and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Jenners began life as
a shop at 47 Princes Street in 1838.
It is Edinburgh's most famous Department Store. Ritzy department store
selling everything from bedding to Edinburgh Crystal.
The Edinburgh Playhouse
has established itself as Scotland's host to large scale West End Musicals.
The programme also covers a broad range of performance including Opera,
Ballet, Rock, Pop and Comedy. Only 5-10 minutes walk away from the Balmoral
This Edinburgh venue offers
a wide range of events to tempt you all year round -classical, jazz,
blues, pop and much more.
Another famous Edinburgh Institution
with classical and contemporary performances.
Theatre and King's Theatre
Festival Theatre is an international lyric theatre presenting a broad
range of opera, ballet, drama variety and dance all year round. Its
outstanding facilities include one of the largest stages in the UK.
The Traverse Theatre, Scotland's famous new
Writing theatre and home of the legendry Traverse Bar Cafe, produces
and hosts the best contempary plays from Scotland and overseas and
is a leading venue for the Edinburgh Fringe.
The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company is one of
Scotland's leading producing theatres. The company has a reputation
for excellent productions of classic and contemporary drama and a
commitment to developing new Scottish writing.
The Kings Theatre presents high quality drama, alongside dance, comedy
and musical theatre, with continued commitment to local amateur companies.
The King's annual Pantomime is an established tradition within the city.
Link to all Edinburgh
to Edinburgh pub music and gigs
Useful guide to restaurants and
bars in Edinburgh, you can search alphabetically or by style
|Edinburgh festival events
This site puts together
all the major festivals that take place in Edinburgh throughout the
world famous Edinburgh Tattoo
Military Tattoo celebrates years of music and spectacle set against
the world famous backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
They say it's the World's
Best New Year Celebrations!
on in edinburgh
Another general site
listing cultural and social events in and around Edinburgh
|Local tour companies
One of the original Scottish
tour companies which offer excellent trips to the Highlands and the
western isles. We can highly recommend them.
of Scotland tours
Heart of Scotland Tours run the finest
small group bus tours around the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.
Visit the well know tourist areas and secret spots
Using Edinburgh as a base we tale
you on a coach tour around Scotland where landscapes can change quite
dramatically in 30 minutes.
Mercat Tours run some excellent
Ghost and History Tours in and around Edinburgh’s Old Town featuring
the most haunted locations, the scariest stories and spectacular candlelit
cruises in the Firth of Forth
of the Forth" offers cruises on the Firth of Forth from South Queensferry
in the shadow of the world famous Forth Rail Bridge, Scotland's most
Tours Of Edinburgh
Take one of Adrian's
Edinburgh Tours by bicycle for an entertaining and informative guide
|Local transport links
Link to the national train
website from which you can book tickets to any destination in the UK
and europe. The main train station in Edinburgh is Waverley station.
From Waverley you can take a taxi - about 5 minutes journey and around
£6. If you prefer to walk (with light luggage!) Waverley is about
20 minutes away from the Balmoral Guesthouse.
Link to Edinburgh's main bus company
with route maps and lots of other information.
The one of the main inter-city
bus company in the UK.
Traveline is a partnership of transport operators and local authorities
formed to provide impartial and comprehensive information about public
Find out which
airline companies fly in and out of Edinburgh and from which destinations.
Highly recommended farm gite
in the "Black Mountains", Tarn region of France. We spend
two holidays there and loved it every time.
B&B, self catering,
guest houses, hotels and holiday accommodation in Scotland.
|Links of general interest
Edinburgh based online creative writing school