Shopping, Scottish dining, bus tour & thing to do in edinburgh

The capital city of scotland, edinburgh packed with several interesting and bizarre activities and attractions of the region for visitors.

Visit to Edinburgh, inspiring capital city of Scotland. A bustling and vibrant city, steeped in history and host to a variety of colourful festivals throughout the year, there is no shortage of things to do in Edinburgh for visitors to Scotland’s beautiful capital city. It’s no surprise that Edinburgh is high on the list of favourite film locations. If you’re looking for a broad mixture of great things to see and do, Edinburgh and the Lothians is the place to be. Admire stunning scenery, striking architecture, fine food, first-class attractions, outdoor pursuits and beautiful coasts and countryside in the nearby Lothians. Uncover some fantastic shopping opportunities and discover why Edinburgh is the world’s festival capital and a Unesco world heritage site.

Scottish dine and breakfast

When it comes to food there’s a distinct Scottish touch – from hot Scottish breakfast favourites in a buffet that’s more like a banquet, to traditional Scottish cuisine options at the Townhouse Restaurant. Many tourists head to Leith to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia but many neglect to stop at The Shore. A stone’s throw from the foot of Arthur’s Seat, Hemma is one of the city’s five family-friendly Swedish-run bars – and the only one that lies outside of the Leith area. Their Arthur’s Breakfast is hearty fare suitable for anyone returning from a morning hike: haggis, bacon, poached eggs, sautéed potatoes, mushrooms, roasted tomato and a generous hunk of toasted bread from the local Manna House bakery. They’ll also mix you one of the most luxurious Bloody Marys in town if you’re in need of non-exercise-related recuperation.

World class Shopping

Edinburgh Scottish dining restaurants

Wine taste & Scottish dining

What could be better than world-class shopping in beautiful surroundings? Edinburgh & The Lothians are home to a wide range of shops, so whether you are a devotee of designer names or in heaven on the high street, the shopping won’t disappoint. For a modern shopping experience, visit the only Harvey Nichols in Scotland which sits on St Andrews Square just behind Princes Street and is full of luxurious treats. On George Street, you will find an exclusive selection of high-end shops and top designer boutiques sitting alongside high street favourites, including some of the biggest names in fashion and jewellery. There are also several delicious eateries, where you can refuel and admire the street’s iconic architecture. If you are looking for city centre shopping with a difference, the Royal Mile offers a shopping experience that you won’t find anywhere else. The Scottish shops on the Royal Mile offer perfect souvenirs alongside top-quality cashmere, whisky and delicious handmade fudge.
Go on a shopping spree on Victoria Street: The long curve of Victoria Street swoops from George IV Bridge down to the historic Grassmarket, and is home to Edinburgh’s finest selection of independent boutiques. There’s hip fashion on offer in Swish and more formal, tweed-based couture in Walker Slater; designer homewares in The Red Door Gallery and Context; vintage hardbacks in The Old Town Bookshop and party tricks in the A-Ha-Ha joke shop; not to mention a range of foodie delights, from the distinctive whiff of IJ Mellis’ cheesemonger and the hog roast of Oink to the array of flasks and bottles in the windows of Demijohn and The Whiskey Shop.

Edinburgh Bus tours

Shopping windows on the royal mile

Shopping windows on the royal mile

With several bus tours to choose from, there is no better way to travel between attractions than on an open-top sightseeing bus. Each is distinctive, providing a unique insight into the city, and with hop-on hop-off tickets valid for at least 24 hours you have the freedom to see the sights in your own time. Combination packages also make it easy for you to visit attractions such as the famous Edinburgh Castle in addition to using the buses. Get a new view from the top deck on board our five star tours, and enjoy sites including Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Choose from recorded commentary available in 10 different languages, or a specially trained English speaking guide. What’s more our hop on – hop off tickets valid for 24 hours give you total flexibility to explore. Join a tour at any tour stop!

Attractions and other things to do

Edinburgh International Festival

More than 60 years ago the International Festival’s founders tried to imagine a way to bring art, culture, colour and prosperity to gritty, grey, post-war Edinburgh. They hit on the unlikely idea of a festival of classical music, opera, theatre, dance and the visual arts. It worked. Now there are seven festivals in August, including the Fringe, Book and Comedy Festivals. Every year I fall in love with it all over again as Edinburgh becomes, quite literally, the city that never sleeps. Plan well ahead as hotels and restaurants book up early. The International Festival programme is available in March each year, other programmes later in the spring and early summer.

Meadows in edinburgh

Head to The Meadows with an air rifle and take aim at anyone playing bongos, in homage to one of our favourite fictional Edinburgh residents, Sick Boy (or avoid criminal charges by just taking a picnic and a bottle of wine and scowling at them disdainfully) – gorgeous in spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, but best in summer when it’s warm enough to lose a whole day there.

Bus tours in edinburgh city

Bus tour of city

National Galleries of Scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland, comprising the Scottish National Gallery, the Portrait Gallery, and the Gallery of Modern Art, are a treasure trove of pieces you probably didn’t even realise call Edinburgh home – The Three Graces anyone? From Paolozzi to Picasso, Andy Warhol to Annie Leibovitz and Lichtenstein’s In the Car, surrealists Magritte, Duchamp and Dalí to Velázquez, Boticelli and Da Vinci, you’ll find them all right here, for free, every day. The Portrait Gallery reopens on Thursday, 1 December.

Festival finale fireworks

The Festival finale fireworks display is the largest annual live music pyrotechnic display in the world, and watched by 250,000 people in the city every year – that’s half the residents. Make sure you’re one of them – whether you watch them from Princes Street, Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill, Inverleith Park or your bedroom window with Radio Forth, which broadcasts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s accompaniment, on in the background.

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