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  • 10 Best Attractions for a Rainy Day in Edinburgh

    10 Best Attractions for a Rainy Day in Edinburgh

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    It rains a lot in Edinburgh – especially in winter – so visitors need to know exactly where to go and what to do when the clouds inevitably turn grey. Discover the best things to do in Edinburgh on a rainy day with this guide which includes details of the best indoor attractions such as the Scottish National Gallery, the Camera Obscura, the Scotch Whisky Experience and Edinburgh Castle.

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  • 13 Best Things to Do in Edinburgh for Adults

    13 Best Things to Do in Edinburgh for Adults

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    As Scotland’s most-visited city, Edinburgh is understandably chock-full of attractions, though many activities tend to be geared towards families with children. That being said, there are lots of tourist attractions that are equally interesting for adults whether they’re lone travellers or retired couples. In this article, you’ll discover a collection of highly-rated things to do in Edinburgh for adults that will offer all visitors a great experience.

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  • 13 Outlander Filming Locations In & Around Edinburgh

    13 Outlander Filming Locations In & Around Edinburgh

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    The first season of the hit TV show Outlander was filmed in Scotland, and many of those early episodes were filmed near Edinburgh at places like Doune Castle near Stirling, East Linton Mills in East Lothian, and the village of Culross in Fife. Discover all of the Outlander filming locations in and around Edinburgh in this complete guide.

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  • 14 Free Attractions in Edinburgh

    14 Free Attractions in Edinburgh

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    Visiting Scotland’s tourist attractions can be an expensive business, especially for those visitors travelling with a family. In this article you will discover a list of completely free-to-visit attractions in Edinburgh that are suitable for all ages, including historic buildings, nature trails, museums and public parks.

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  • 22 Interesting Facts About Edinburgh

    22 Interesting Facts About Edinburgh

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    As one of the most-visited cities in Europe, Edinburgh is renowned for its atmospheric medieval streets, its beautiful historic buildings and its exciting festivals. In this article, you’ll discover a collection of fascinating facts about Edinburgh’s 1,000 years of history and the events that transformed it from ‘Auld Reekie’ into ‘The Athens of The North’.

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  • 7 Best Day Trips From Edinburgh by Car

    7 Best Day Trips From Edinburgh by Car

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    It’s possible to visit a huge number of tourist attractions in any direction from Edinburgh when you have a car. Some of the highest-rated attractions within an easy drive from Edinburgh are The Kelpies, Doune Castle and Loch Lomond. Discover everything you need to know about day trips from Edinburgh by car in this complete guide.

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  • 8 Best Attractions in Edinburgh for Couples

    8 Best Attractions in Edinburgh for Couples

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    As well as being the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is one of the most-visited cities in the world thanks to its incredible collection of family-friendly tourist attractions. Discover a collection of the best attractions in Edinburgh for couples with this guide which features virtual tours of each location along with detailed overviews and visiting advice.

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  • Balmoral Hotel

    Balmoral Hotel

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    The Balmoral Hotel is a historic building situated in the heart of Princes Street in Edinburgh, Scotland. The luxury hotel is located next to Waverley train station and was built in 1902 by the North British Railway Company. Today, it is a popular landmark that attracts visitors to its superb restaurants and bars.

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  • Calton Hill

    Calton Hill

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    Calton Hill, located close to Princes Street, features a collection of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks situated within a few hundred feet of each other. A visit to the site allows visitors to explore the city observatory (now an exhibition, art gallery and restaurant), the National Monument, the Dugald Stewart Monument and Nelson’s Monument.

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  • Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

    Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

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    Camera Obscura and World of Illusions – located near Edinburgh Castle – is one of the oldest purpose-built attractions in Scotland. Visitors can experience six floors of interactive displays with exhibits that showcase optical illusions including holograms, a mirror maze and a spinning vortex tunnel.

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  • Craigmillar Castle

    Craigmillar Castle

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    Craigmillar Castle is located a mile from Edinburgh’s original city walls where it provided a secure retreat for Scotland’s royalty from the 1400s. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction that offers an interesting glimpse into Scottish history along with a few countryside walking trails on the city outskirts. Discover Craigmillar Castle with this complete visitor guide.

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  • Cramond Island

    Cramond Island

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    Cramond Island is a tidal island in the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh that is reached via a long walkway that is, in fact, the remains of a WWII anti-tank barricade. The island is mostly covered in grassland, although there are a couple of small beach areas on the side facing Cramond village. Discover why Cramond Island is a popular destination for tourists in this guide, which includes an overview and handy visiting advice.

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