6 Unmissable Attractions in Edinburgh

During your visit to Edinburgh, you’ll naturally have the urge to tick off some of the city’s top sights, whether you’re into the whole touristy thing or not. Here’s a list of unmissable Edinburgh attractions for you to ponder when planning your trip. 

6 Unmissable Attractions in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle 

Edinburgh Castle

I suppose we should start with the most obvious, both in terms of popularity and location. Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s most visited tourist attraction, and it’s perched on the remains of a volcano which last erupted over 365 million years ago. Visit the Great Hall, the Crown Jewels and St Margaret’s Chapel; the oldest building in the city. If you’d rather not pay the high entrance fee, you can admire the grand entrance from the Castle Esplanade or photograph the impressive structure in all its elevated glory from Princes Street Gardens. 

National Museum of Scotland 

National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum is a national treasure, and it’s in great shape after a £47.4 million refurbishment in 2011. The museum is an ideal escape from inclement weather, and is filled with a range of engaging exhibits to satisfy every interest; from wildlife and outer space, to Scottish history and foreign culture. The roof garden boasts views of Edinburgh’s rooftops, and the interactive games for kids are also a big hit with adults. Oh, and it’s free! 

Arthurs Seat 

Climbing up Edinburgh’s most iconic chunk of volcanic rock is essential. There are a variety of trails to choose from; around and up to Salisbury Crags, past a pond and ruined abbey, or straight up to the very top. Regardless of your route, the views across the city skyline and beyond are stunning. For a different perspective, you also ascend Calton Hill from the city centre. At the top you can visit Nelson’s Monument and the National Monument of Scotland; it was never finished and is known as “Edinburgh’s Disgrace,” but we think it’s cool the way it is.

The Old Town 

Best thing to do in Edinburgh

This historic part of the city is a hotspot for tourists, and for good reason. The centuries-old streets, charming buildings and cute cobbles are worth the hype. The Royal Mile is the centrepiece of the Old Town, running from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House. Wander inside the spectacular St Giles Cathedral, and don’t forget to look up at the striking clock on The Canongate Tolbooth. Venture off the Royal Mile and walk down Victoria Street; one of Edinburgh’s most photographed spots, thanks to the curved cobbled street and colourful facades. Once at the bottom, go for a refreshment in one of the traditional pubs in the lively Grassmarket area. 

Edinburgh Vaults 

Edinburgh has a deep and dark history, and these creepy underground chambers are the perfect introduction. Constructed in the 18thcentury under a series of arched bridges in the Old Town, the vaults were cold and damp with little daylight or ventilation; a very unpleasant place indeed! They became inhabited by criminals, body snatchers and some of the city’s poorest people. They are steeped in superstition, and spooky happenings are quite the norm – not surprising at all! Go underground on a ghost tour with Mercat Tours for a unique and eerily entertaining experience. 

Royal Botanic Garden 

The Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens

Escape the city centre altogether, and venture into Edinburgh’s New Town in search of some glorious green spaces. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was one of the first botanic gardens in the UK; the original garden’s history begins in 1670. Nowadays, the garden is bursting with over 13,000 beautiful plant species across 116 hectares of land. Meander through the Rock Garden, relax in the Chinese Garden and visit the oldest – and most beautiful – glasshouse in the garden; the Tropical Palm House.

Intrepidus Outdoors

If you are interested in escaping the city for the day we deliver a range of outdoor activities including hill walking, canyoningcoasteering, and canoeing. We provide these adventures to lots of clients including stag and hen groups, adults visiting Edinburgh and also a kids holiday clubs. At Intrepidus we also like to provide interesting and informative blog posts about our experiences of Edinburgh! Hope you enjoyed. 🙂

Intrepidus Outdoors

Intrepidus Outdoors specialises in Outdoor Activites Edinburgh. We are a adventure tourism and outdoor education provider based in Edinburgh. We specialise in canyoning, coasteering, mountain biking and hill walking, and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland and the North of England. The experiences that we provide take clients into some of the most exquisite, incredible and extreme environments the UK has to offer.

Mission Statment :

To deliver the highest quality adventurous experiences to entertain, thrill and inspire.

Outdoor Activities Edinburgh & Scotland

Our values reflect those of a business started by a small group of rock climbers and mountain bikers. The experiences that we have had adventuring, and our passion for the outdoors, has led us to choose a lifestyle dedicated to sharing our love for the outdoors with others. The approach that we take to the experiences that we provide, and the business that we run, is that of sustainability, and an unapologetic quest for quality.

For us at Intrepidus Outdoors, we recognise that our experiences kayaking in clean rivers, surfing on unpolluted beaches and climbing frozen waterfalls have contributed to who we are as people. Therefore, protecting the planet so that the next generation of adventurers can have their own experiences, is hugely important for us. We believe that for people, communities and businesses to make the choice to minimise their impact on our planet, they must first value the planet that we have. We feel that the best way for people to value our blue planet, is to have first hand quality experiences in nature. They can then see the beauty of a forest, feel the power of an ocean and learn to love what is outside our towns and cities, so that they then fight to protect them. We strive to through the products that we deliver make a small difference to peoples understanding of the impact that they have on our world.

Our experiences adventuring have made us who we are and Intrepidus Outdoors is a reflection of us. We provide real adventurous experience that we hope you will cherish.

Adventure Activities Edinburgh & Scotland

There are cities where stuff is happening all year round and where you will never get bored. Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of these cities. It’s an extraordinary place, full of history, festivals, impressive architecture and plenty of attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Not to mention that we are located on the door step of so many amazing adventures and outdoor experiences.

We would like to introduce you to this extraordinary city, giving you a full range of possibilities that can be found north of the wall! Edinburgh has a huge dose of beautiful history, world-famous festivals, fantastic attractions, adrenaline fuled expereinces and great food. Edinburgh is calling you and you simply cannot refuse its invitation.

There are a many outdoor and adventurous experiences to be had in Edinburgh. If you are a thrill seeker visiting Edinburgh and interested in a canyoning, coasteering or mountain biking adventure in Scotland, Get In Touch!

Outdoor Adventures Scotland

It’s no secret that Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From the rural coastlines to vast mountain ranges, we have it all.

Whatever kind of experience you’re after you’re sure to find it here, so we’ve put together an adventurer’s guide to Scotland to help get you started. Our guide breaks down all the outdoor activities Edinburgh has to offer and many more adventures to keep you entertained on your holdiay.

To read more check out our adventures guide to Scotland [here]

Check out our Trip Advisor, Youtube channel, Visit Scotland page and blog to hear about how others found their outdoor adventure with Intrepidus outdoors and to see what we do!


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