Visit Edinburgh Places

Visit Edinburgh Places like the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, Craigmillar Castle, the Palace of Holyrood House, Princes Street Gardens, Calton Hill, National Library, Grayfriars Graveyard, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh Museum, The Royal Mile, Royal Botanic Gardens and the Royal Yacht Britannia.There are many Edinburgh Places that visitors miss Calton Hill, Abraham Lincoln’s statue, Ye Old Golf Tavern and the oldest golf course in the world.  more places and what they are below.

Visit Edinburgh Places – Edinburgh Castle

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG   0131 225 9846

Edinburgh Castle is the icon of Edinburgh. It stands above the city with views of over 25 miles (40 klm.) in every direction. The Edinburgh Castle Rock was formed over 300 million years ago by volcanic eruptions. The first evidence of inhabitants on the Edinburgh Castle Rock was in the Bronze Age circa 1500 BC. Evidence of an Iron Age fort has been unearthed dated circa 90 BC. The first writings about a fortress on Edinburgh Castle Rock circa 600 AD in a poem Gododdin which tells of the Gododdin a race of warriors who lived in the south-east of Scotland and north-east of England. They left the fortress of Din Eiden (Edinburgh) and went from the castle to do battle with the Angles of Northumbria. The Gododdin were wiped out and the Angles of Northumbria took control of the area until Malcolm II took over control of the area in 1016 at the Battle of Carham and extended the borders of Scotland to the River Tweed as Northumbria extended as for as the River Forth. Edinburgh Castle originally built of wood by Malcolm III circa 1070 and then built of stone by King David I circa 1130 including the building of a small Chapel for his mother Margaret which is now the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh Castle.

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Visit Edinburgh Places – Real Mary King’s Close

253 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LW   0131 225 0672

This is a real look back in to Edinburgh’s past. The underground streets and places where the people of Edinburgh lived, a historically accurate example of life in Edinburgh between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, Tales of ghosts, legends and murders. Where the plague victims were walled up and left to die. Take the guided tour based on a onetime resident, and listen to the fascinating stories. Writer’s court leading to Warriston close and Real Mary Kings Close Edinburgh and the entrance to the underground streets.

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Visit Edinburgh Places – Edinburgh Camera Obscura and World of Illusion.

549 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND    0131 226 3709

The Camera Obscura (Outlook tower) and World of Illusion Edinburgh. This was one of the original tourist attractions in 1850s Edinburgh, the first attraction being the Walter Scott Monument. The Camera Obscura gives an amazing live panoramic view of the city of Edinburgh. See the people in Edinburgh walking about the streets below and pick them up in your hand. The telescopes let you view amazing rooftop views of the city. It was named the Outlook Tower in 1892. Take a walk around the outside walkway at the top of the Tower for more amazing views.Climb to the rooftop and see Edinburgh or from inside you are able to see live images of Edinburgh projected onto a viewing table through a giant    periscope. It is all done by a technique that is over 150 years old no modern technology Just a multitude of mirrors, lenses that  produce an incredible panorama of Edinburgh in motion. 

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Visit Edinburgh Places – The Scott Monument

East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ 0131 529 4068

A memorial to Sir Walter Scott. This is the largest known monument to a literary genius in the world. You can climb to the top for magnificent views of Edinburgh by way of a staircase with 287 steps. Not just a monument but an icon of Edinburgh. The 200 foot plus Monument has a number of platforms on the climb up the steps also a good place to take a rest. You can also see a replica of the monument which is a memorial to another famous writer Catherine Sinclair who paid over 2/3 of the cost to have the Scott monument built. The monument can be seen on the corner of St Colme Street and South Charlotte Street at the west end.  

Visit Edinburgh Places Sir Walter Scott Monument East Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh

Visit Edinburgh Places – The Palace of Holyrood House

Abbey Strand, Edinburgh EH8 8DU   0303 123 7306

The Palace Of Holyrood House is the present Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal family reside here when visiting Edinburgh. The Palace of Holyrood House is a well maintained building which has been lived in by many Royals and famous people in history. There are many things to see and a visit will take up to 2 hours. Admission prices  can be found on the official site are there are many different prices which increasing annually.

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Visit Edinburgh Places – The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD   0131 624 6200

Scottish National Portrait Gallery was built in the 1880. All the portraits are from Scottish history, painted by a range of major European and American masters. The gallery also displays sculptures, miniatures and photographs. Unique visual history of Scotland told through the portraits of those who shaped it, from the 16th century to the present. They include Mary Queen of Scots, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Sean Connery. It also houses the National Photography Collection and Museum of Antiquities which has a collection of old silver and gold. Also Pictish silver dating from before Christ. Paintings Photographs and more a true look at the people and places of the past. Free Addmision Look outside at the statues of the people that lived in Edinburgh that surround the building. Kings, Queens, Knights, Bishops, and famous peple of the past fora full list of the statues.  

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Visit Edinburgh Places – The Royal Yacht Britannia Edinburgh

Ocean Terminal Ocean Drive Edinburgh EH6 6JJ   0131 555 5566

The Royal Yacht Britannia is the former Royal Yacht of the British monarch Queen Elizabeth II. The ship is now permanently moored at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh. The Britannia is the 83rd vessel since the first Royal yacht owned by King Charles II in 1660. It is the second Royal yacht to bear the name Britannia, the first being the famous racing cutter built for the Prince of Wales in 1893. Have a day out and look around the famous Yacht. See how the Royals travelled the world by ship.  

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Visit Edinburgh Places – Figgate Park and Gardens Portobello

Hamilton Drive Edinburgh EH15 1NB

The Figgate Burn is where the original name of the area Figgate, now known as Portobello got its name. The park has a pond with a walkway over part of it and it is a great way to see the wild life that is in the park. There are also wood carvings that can be found. A place for a day out, with plenty of space for the children and with picnic tables provided, bring your lunch and have a picnic. With a magnificent vie of Arthur Seat and not far from Portobello Beach.

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Visit Edinburgh Places  – The Three Bridges of South Queensferry

Hawes Brae, South Queensferry EH30 9TB

The Forth Rail Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth. It was opened on 4 March 1890. For over seventy years the Forth Bridge was the only connection across the Firth of Forth without a boat. “Painting the Forth Bridge” is a local expression for a never-ending task, as soon as the painting of the bridge was finished the work would have to start again. The Forth Rail Bridge is the oldest steel constructed cantilever railway bridge in the world. The bridge was designed by Benjamin Baker who was knighted for the work he carried out on the Forth Rail Bridge. He also was involved with the construction of the Aswan Dam. The first plans for a road crossing were made in the 1740s and were finally completed over 200 years later. The Forth Road Bridge was opened in 04 / 09 / 1964.The Forth Road Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the Firth of Forth from the Lothians to Fife. The bridge replaced the old ferry service that was the only way to cross the river without having to travel up to the only other crossing at Kincardine. The bridge was designed by Mott, Hay and Anderson and Freeman Fox and Partners. This point on the River Forth was first known as a crossing in the 11th century by Queen Margaret, as she made frequent trips to Dunfermline and St Andrew. She founded a ferry service to help transport religious pilgrims across the river. The crossing was so well used that small communities emerged on the south and north banks of the river, the ports were both called Queensferry and later changed to South Queensferry and North Queensferry as they are today. The ferry service was used as a passenger ferry for over eight hundred years. The latest bridge is the Queensferry Crossing Road Bridge. The Queensferry Crossing is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and first of its kind in the world. It opened on the 30 August 2017.     

 Visit Edinburgh Places Forth Rail Bridge  Forth Road Bridge South Queensferry Queensferry Crossing South Queensferry

Visit Edinburgh Places – Arthur Seat and the Queens Park   

Horse Wynd Edinburgh EH8 8AZ 

Visit Edinburgh Places – Outdoor Skateboarding Park + Saughton Rose Garden 

Balgreen Road Edinburgh EH11 3BQ

Saughton Park at one time had a 9-hole golf course, paddling pool and playing fields. In 1908 the Scottish National Exhibition was held in the park and in 1984 the Winter Garden was opened. In 2010 the largest outdoor skateboard park in Scotland was opened and later a children’s play area. There are also football pitches and a sports stadium with a running track. Don’t miss the shoe tree where the boarders hang their shoes for luck. In the glasshouse you can see the bust of Gandhi and tropical plants. The gardens are a tranquil place to sit and contemplate. With an award winning Rose Garden, paths, walled gardens and ornamental flowers and not forgetting the glass houses where the winter garden gives the area flowers all year round.

Visit Edinburgh Places – Portobello Beach

Bath Street Edinburgh EH15 1HF 

Portobello was created as a burgh by Act of Parliament in 1833, and became a part of Edinburgh in 1896.It is a beach resort located three miles (5 km) to the east of the city centre of Edinburgh, with a promenade that stretches from Seafield on the outskirts of Leith to Joppa just outside Musselburgh. Portobello was at its peak as a resort in the late 19th century. Now Portobello Sailing and Rowing Club use the area for sailing kayaking and surfing. On the good summer days, the beach is crowded with sun lovers and people out for a stroll along the promenade. Portobello grew from a small coastal village called Figgate where smugglers and highwaymen would hideout. The name Portobello has been recorded in manuscripts as far back as 1739.

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Visit Edinburgh Places – Hill End Europe’s Largest Artificial Ski + Board Slops

Biggar Road Edinburgh EH10 7EF

Hillend has had an artificial ski slop open to the public since the 1960s and is the largest dry slop in Europe. There are activities for all ages Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing with floodlights on all slops for evening use and a chairlift and towlines to get you to the top. You can hire equipment and visit the lodge or take the lift to the top for a fantastic view. A great day out for the whole family especially on hot days. Which are few and far between in our wonderful Scottish climate.

Neolithic Standing Stone (The Caiy Stane) 

Caiystane View Edinburgh EH10 6SQ

The Caiy Stane is located at the side of the walkway on the west side of Caiystane View, a short distance from the junction of Oxgangs Road, Edinburgh. The stone is red sandstone and stands 9 feet 3 inches high (2.75m) with a breadth of 5 foot 9 inches (1.60m). A row of six cup marks can be seen on the back of the prehistoric stone. The stone may have been erected before 3000 BC, as early as the Neolithic period, probably to denote a ritual or burial place. Records of cairns, cists and urns found in the immediate vicinity show that the hilltop continued to be used for burial in the Bronze Age. Discovery of these remains led to the supposition that Caiyside Hill was the site of a battle, suggested to have involved invading Romans, Danes (Vikings) or Cromwellian’s. The Caiy Stane (Kel Stane), Cat Stane or Camus , was thought to have been a battle memorial stone.   

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Visit Edinburgh Places – Nelson Monument and Time Ball

Calton Hill Edinburgh EH7 5AA  

Nelson Monument Dedicated to Lord Horatio Nelson who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Shaped like an upside down telescope. It is linked with the One O’clock Gun at Edinburgh Castle.THE TIME BALL on the mast of Nelson’s monument was originally a visual aid for the sailors in the Leith port and the Firth of Forth to set their chronometers by. The Time Ball is still synchronised with the One O’clock Gun. The ball will rise up the mast just before 13.00 hours and at one o’clock will return to the foot and the gun on the castle ramparts will be fired. Frederick James Ritchie clock maker of the One O’clock Gun stayed at 6 Brunton Place at the foot of the Calton Hill for 40 years.

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Cammo House Ruins and Nature Reserve

 Cammo Road Edinburgh EH4 8AB 

Cammo House was built in the early part of the 1690s by a John Menzies a wealthy businessman and was later sold to Sir John Clerk in 1710. Sir John Clerk with an interest in landscaping set out the gardens of Cammo house over the next several years. The house is now a ruin and the lands are now open to the public. Things to look for are the ruin of Cammo House, the said to be oldest and largest Ash tree in Edinburgh, the East Lodge, Cammo Tower, The Cammo Stane and if very lucky the Ghosts of Cammo House.

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Visit Edinburgh Places – Rosslyn Chapel (The Di Vinci Code)

Chapel Lane Roslin EH25 9PU

The Earl and Countess of Rosslyn are the present owners of Rosslyn Chapel which was founded by their descendants in 1446. It has been brought to the attention of the world by the book and film The Da Vinci Code. Visit the chapel and grounds and take the tour which will tell you all about Rosslyn Chapel. Tails of the Knights Templar and the lost Ark. Only 20 minutes from Edinburgh City Centre. 

Visit Edinburgh Places Rosslyn Chapel

Visit Edinburgh Places – Gorgie City Farm

Gorgie Road Edinburgh EH11 2LA

Gorgie City Farm opened to the public in 1982 and is open 7 days a week with free entry. The farm animals consist of chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, pigs and sheep. There is also a cow and a pony. There are pet lodge animals of which rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, tortoise and one snake. Come to the only city farm in Edinburgh. Great for children.

Visit Edinburgh Places – Murrayfield Ice Rink

Riversdale Crescent Edinburgh EH12 5XN   0131 337 6933

Murrayfield Ice Rink opened to the public in 1952. It is the largest Rink in Scotland. Events that have been held at the ice rink include Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, Boxing and Basketball. In 1980 a separate curling rink was opened. In 1958, 1963 and 1993 Murrayfield Ice Rink was the venue for The Harlem Globetrotters basketball exhibitions.The ice rink is open to the public and ice skates are available for hire. There is also a curling rink next door. You can also see National League Ice Hockey on a Sunday Evening. (Check with rink for game dates).

Visit Edinburgh Places – The Royal Botanic Gardens

Arboretum Place Edinburgh EH3 5NY 0131 248 2901

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh was first sited at Holyrood Park beside the Abbey in 1670. It moved to Leith Walk in 1673 where it remained before finally moving to its present location in 1822. The Gardens were the imagination of two doctors Andrew Balfour and Robert Sibbald who collected plant specimens from all over Europe when on their travels. In the early 1900s a plant hunter George Forrest introduced over 10,000 specimens and the gardens continue to grow to this day. The Cottage in Leith can now be seen in the Gardens as it has been rebuilt as it was in the 1600s.The Botanic Gardens have displays of plants from around the world in over 28 hectares of beautifully landscaped grounds. Britain’s tallest Palm House, 100-Year-old hedge over 8 metres high, rock gardens, woodland gardens and arboretum, Pringle Chinese Collection, Azalea Lawn, Alpines and the Winter garden. A variety of animals and there is also a café and restaurant.

Visit Edinburgh Places – Craigmillar Castle Edinburgh

Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SY

Craigmillar Castle is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Scotland. It has a central tower house which is surrounded by a courtyard wall and has a chapel and a do’cot. Craigmillar Castle was built in the late 14th century by the Preston family, Land owners of Craigmillar.  Craigmillar Castle is best known for its association with Mary Queen of Scots. She used the castle as a place to rest after illness and after the birth of her son the future James I of England. Mary arrived at Craigmillar Castle on the 20th November 1566 and left on 7 December 1566. In November Bothwell met with nobles at Craigmillar Castle to discuss Lord Darnley. They came up with two options, divorce or assassination. They then consulted with Mary, she ruled out divorce, because it would make her son illegitimate. As for ‘other means’, she said that she wanted ‘nothing against her honour’. The nobles saw this as her agreement to kill her husband and on leaving the nobles signed an agreement to murder Darnley. A pact known as the “Craigmillar Bond” was made, to be rid of her husband Lord Darnley. The garden pond shaped as the initial “P” can still be seen. It was Simon Prestons’ town House in Edinburgh that Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night before she was taken to Leven then on to England to spend the next 19 years in imprisonment before her execution. It was Elizabeth I the cousin of Mary Queen of Scots that had her executed. 

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Visit Edinburgh Places – St Bernard’s Well & St George’s Well

Water of Leith Edinburgh EH3 6TS   0131 510 7575 

(BEST WAY IN) The Dene at the end of Saunders Street Stockbridge Edinburgh EH3 6TU under arch and follow path

St Bernard’s Well a natural mineral spring discovered on the Water of Leith near to Stockbridge in 1760, some claimed that the water could cure everything. In 1789 a building was erected over the well a Doric Temple with a dome and statue inside of Hygiene the Greek goddess of health. It was called St Bernard’s Well. Another well was also found a short distance west and this was called St George’s Well. This was also to have the same powers as St Bernard’s Well.

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Visit Edinburgh Places – Edinburgh Zoo

134 Corstorphine Road Edinburgh EH12 6TS   0131 334 9171

The Edinburgh Zoo is in the west of Edinburgh, on the main route from the airport. Edinburgh Zoo was opened to the public on 22 July 1913. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland was founded in 1909 probably best known throughout the world for their Penguins. The Penguins were first brought to Edinburgh by the whaling ships that would call in at Leith. The association with these amazing birds began in January 1903. There are over 180 different animal species in the zoo the most popular are a pair of giant pandas from China.

Visit Edinburgh Places – Blackford Pond and Hermitage Nature Reserve

Braid Road Edinburgh EH10 6JF

Blackford Hills and Hermitage of the Braids is a nature reserve and can provide the whole family with many interesting things to do. There is a children’s play area and a pond that has many different birds (swans, geese and ducks and many more). Explore the hill and visit the Royal Observatory and see the stars in the sky. Follow the Braid Burn for some 2 miles or climb to the top (540 feet) for a great view of the city and coast. The main entrance is on Charterhall Road; you can also gain access from Observatory Road or The Hermitage at Braid Road. Follow the Braid Burn through to the Hermitage at Morningside where it is a short walk to the Braid Hills, where the Braid Golf Course is situated. The Braid golf course is where the professional golfer Thomas Armour played as a boy before immigrating to America.

Visit Edinburgh Places – Dynamic Earth

Holyrood Road Edinburgh EH8 8AS   0131 550 7800

Our Dynamic Earth is a science centre in Edinburgh. The centre opened in 1999. The building’s structure consists of a steel mast-supported membrane stretched over a steel skeleton. Dynamic Earth takes you on a journey through our planet’s past, present and future, with interactive exhibits and impressive technology, including a 4D and 3D experience. Beginning with the Big Bang, children and adults alike can witness the creation of the Earth, follow the planet through its evolution and even catch glimpses of the earth’s future.

Visit Edinburgh Places – University of Edinburgh Quadrangle

Old College South Bridge Edinburgh EH8 9YL

In medieval Edinburgh the site of the University of Edinburgh where the Old College stands today belonged to the Abbey of Holyrood and at that time the 13th century collegiate Church of St Mary in the Fields stood on the same site. The area known at that time as Kirk o’ Fields because of it’s position outside the town wall. The church was damaged in 1544 by King Henry the VIII’s troops during the Burning of Edinburgh and became a ruin in 1550s.The University of Edinburgh was granted the site and opened in 1583. The Old College has not change since it was built in 1789. Walk round the quadrangle and read the story boards that give more history on the area. Look out for the bronze medallions on the walls. 

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Visit Edinburgh Places – Cramond Village Edinburgh

Cramond Village EH4 6PJ

Cramond Village 8400 B.C. This was the oldest known area of where there is evidence of human settlement in Scotland (8400 B.C.). The Romans used the area as a camp and evidence shows Cramond started to grow as a village in 142 A.D.  Cramond was also the first area the residents were called commuters, as the new railway built in 1894 would take the residence of the area to Edinburgh City to work. There are many historic buildings and interesting things to see in Cramond Village a short Taxi ride from Edinburgh city centre. You can also see the Royal Burgess Golf Club the oldest established golf club in the World founded in 1735. The oldest recorded area of human habitation in Scotland is just outside Edinburgh at Howburn dated from (12000 B.C.).

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