Leith is a historic district of Edinburgh that centres around the Water of Leith, Leith harbour, and the restaurant-packed Shore.
The district has a rich maritime history but it is now a popular tourist destination thanks to its combination of trendy bars, award winning restaurants, superb shopping areas and attractions including the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The historic Royal Mile in Edinburgh connects the Palace of Holyrood at the bottom to Edinburgh Castle at the top, on a road that is one mile in length (hence the name).
The road runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town and is one of the top tourist destinations in the city thanks to the number of tourist attractions, restaurants, pubs and events that can be found along its entire length.
If you were to follow the Water of Leith through Edinburgh you’d eventually arrive at one of the most beautiful areas in the entire city – the tranquil green oasis known as Dean Village.
While the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery are easily accessible from the city centre, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located slightly further afield to the west of Dean Village, so it’s a little bit inaccessible to unfamiliar visitors.
John Knox House dates back to 1470 and can be found on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
The building is now a public museum that depicts the story of the Scottish enlightenment and the battles between Knox, Mossman, and Queen Mary through a series of displays and artefacts.
If you’re stuck for ideas for things to do while you’re in the centre of Edinburgh you could do a lot worse than pop into the Museum on the Mound, one of the few museums in the world that’s dedicated to the one thing none of us ever have enough of – money.
Sitting just three miles outside of the city centre is the ancestral home of the once-powerful Preston family, Craigmillar Castle, and I reckon it’s an attraction that’s well worth visiting if you want a break from the bustling crowds.
Edinburgh’s annual Hogmanay festival is one of the biggest celebrations of the new year in the world where an incredible 100,000 visitors (on average) descend on the city to enjoy three days of spectacular events.
One of the best botanic gardens in the UK is located in Edinburgh, and a short bus ride from the city centre will allow you to explore over 13,000 different plant species in the most beautifully landscaped and manicured grounds you’re ever likely to see.
Set over 82 acres of parkland on the south-facing slope of Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh zoo is the second most popular tourist attraction in Scotland after Edinburgh Castle. Owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), the zoo was constructed in 1913 and today sees visitor numbers totalling over 600,000 each year.