Guest post by Lisa Fantino
Edinburgh, Scotland is one of the oldest cities in the U.K., with so much present-day accessibility to the Scotland of yesteryear. The Scottish people are friendly and helpful and always willing to share a pint if you stop to ask a question or for directions to any of these Top 5 attractions:
- Guide Friday tours are a great way to get a good perspective on any new city and Edinburgh is no different. I suggest starting your day on the bus and taking a once-round tour of the whole city for an overview. Then you can hop on and off as you please, while making stops throughout the day.
- Edinburgh Castle – Upon arriving in Edinburgh you can’t help but notice the presence of the fortified castle which towers over the city atop the Royal Mile. Edinburgh Castle is ever-present and should be the first stop on your itinerary. Give yourself sufficient time because it’s expansive and the panoramic views of the city are well worth the climb.
- The Royal Mile – heading east from the Castle and down the long hill, you’ll have plenty to do. There is something for every age group from the 3D Loch Ness Experience and The Museum of Edinburgh to Parliament Square and the High Court of Justiciary. There are also numerous shops and places to eat for every budget. It’s a full day’s walk so take your time heading downhill.
- Holyrood Palace – is where the Royal Mile comes to an end. It is the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and the palace is open to the public. The property is also home to the ruins of the old 12th century Holyrood Abbey. It’s kind of nice, even tranquil to get lost in for a bit.
- To top it off, no visit to Edinburgh would be complete without an evening ghost tour of the underground city. In the 1600s, Edinburgh became so overcrowded that the city was forced to build underground tenements. Today you can tour them by torchlight for a spooky, historical perspective.
Lisa Fantino is an award-winning journalist and attorney and the creative force behind Wanderlust Women Travel and the recently launched Wanderlust Weddings. She also writes travel features for MNUI Travel Insurance and blogs as Lady Litigator.