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Our 5 Favourite Must-See Edinburgh Attractions

1. Explore Edinburgh Castle

At the top of just about every list of must-see Edinburgh attractions has to be Edinburgh Castle. Towering over the city, this ancient fortress beckons to travellers like a moth to a burning flame. Perched on top a giant volcanic rock, this historical monument can be seen for miles around. From Mons Meg and St Margaret’s Chapel, to the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, Edinburgh Castle dominates our beautiful capital. And just a short walk from the Parliament House Hotel, you can visit Scotland’s most iconic castle and trace the history of an entire nation from within its walls.

Entrance to Edinburgh Castle

2. Take A Walk Along The Royal Mile

After exploring all the myths, mysteries and wonders of Edinburgh Castle, it is time to turn your attention to another vibrant area steeped in history – The Royal Mile. The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. And as the name suggests, this historic stretch of ground connects the ancient Edinburgh Castle to the splendours of Holyroodhouse Palace (The Queen’s official residence in Scotland). Towering tenements and a labyrinth of cobbled closes unlock a hidden world of an underground city, medieval buildings and some of the best eating and drinking spots in town. With an endless supply of eateries and entertainment, the Royal Mile is without a doubt one of our favourite must-see Edinburgh attractions.

Street view of the Royal Mile

3. Have A Picnic in Princes Street Gardens

Speaking of eateries, Princes Street Gardens is the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat between attractions. Originally the site of Nor Loch, and set in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, the beautiful gardens are an inviting escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy main street. A blossoming divide between Old Town and New Town, the gardens boast a fascinating collection of monuments and memorials budding with historical significance. Simply grab a hot dog from a local vendor and take a walk down Edinburgh’s memory lane.

View of Princes Street Gardens

4. Climb To The Top Of Scott Monument

When it comes to must-see Edinburgh attractions, there’s one that stands head and shoulders above the rest. We mean the Scott Monument of course. Built as a tribute to Scottish author, Sir Walter Scott, this towering Gothic monument’s stunning spiralling staircases and picturesque panoramic views of Edinburgh has made it an inspiring attraction worthy of a 287-step climb to the top. And since this 200-foot-high monument is only a five-minute walk from our beautiful hotel, we love it all the more.

Close-up view of Scott Monument

5. Watch the sun set from Calton Hill

Last, but definitely not least, we come to Calton Hill – a must-see Edinburgh attraction on our doorstep. Famous for a collection of historic monuments, Calton Hill is one of the most important landmarks in the city and part of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site. From the National Monument and Nelson Monument, to the City Observatory, panoramic views from atop the hill have inspired visitors for centuries. It is why we are so lucky to command such an amazing view of such an amazing attraction, and why this must-see attraction holds a special place in our heart.

Sun setting over Calton Hill

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