Edinburgh, Scotland is full of things to do and see, with some you`ve
probably heard of and others you may not have. Before planning your trip
to this rich and verdant city, it`s best to think about what
attractions and tourist destinations you`ll visit so you can make an
itinerary and get a chance to see everything you want to before it`s
time to head home. Check out this list of 10 great Edinburgh
destinations and you won`t be lacking in entertainment or education.
1. Calton Hall
This was a favorite place of the author, Robert Louis Stevenson. Climb to the top and take some wonderful photos of the city from above. You`ll be able to see for miles around and will have fun trying to identify the many famous monuments scattered throughout the city. Free admission.
2. Edinburgh Military Tattoo
If military performances intrigue you, this is the event to go to. Musical instruments, lights and fireworks combine to give you a performance you`ll never forget. This venue is a splurge, but it`s well worth it. Prices start at $164 for a show and a tour of the area.
3. Edinburgh Castle
No trip to Scotland would be complete without a trip to Edinburgh Castle. It sits atop a volcanic rock and presides grandly over the city. Here you`ll be able to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and the Crown Room. Prices start at ?16 for adults.
4. Museum of Scotland
Enter the Museum of Scotland and see more than 2,000 years of history. A range of exhibits display local fossils all the way up to current popular culture items and trends. If you have children with you, the many hands-on exhibits will keep them entertained for hours. Admission is free and the museum is open every day.
5. Royal Yacht Britannia
This vessel was home to the Royal British Family for several decades. The state apartments, engine room and deck tearoom are just a few of the visions you`ll get to behold on board. Included with the adult fee of ?12 is an audio tour that gives you all sorts of valuable information about the ship.
6. Royal Botanic Garden
This famous 70-acre garden is one of the fanciest in Great Britain and is home to a huge array of flowers, a rock garden and an art exhibit. Admission is free.
7. Craigmillar Castle
This castle claims to be the best preserved in all of Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots used the castle as her haven and retreat from royal life duties. The castle was built around the year 1400 and has gardens, towers and stunning views. Ticket prices start at ?5.50.
8. Old Town
For loads of local architecture, food and shopping, head to Old Town Edinburgh. Hike through the streets to see wool shops, pubs and plenty of historical markers.
9. Portobello Beach
Much of Scotland borders the ocean, so seeing at least one beach on your visit rounds out your itinerary. Portobello Beach is less than five miles from the center of the city. Here you can romp in the waves, have a picnic or visit a local caf?.
10. Gilmerton Cave
The cavern lies beneath the streets of Edinburgh, but it`s unclear what the caves were once used for. A guided tour gives you some history and outlines the mystery of the underground passages. The fee is ?7.50 for adults.
If you find that you love Edinburgh, consider contacting someone who is selling a timeshare, and purchase a second home you can stay in whenever you visit and rent out when you aren`t there. This way, you can enjoy everything Edinburgh has to offer anytime you want to.