“Edinburgh isn’t so much a city, more a way of life… I doubt I’ll ever tire of exploring Edinburgh, on foot or in print.”
This quote from the best-selling author Ian Rankin, creator of the “Inspector Rebus” novels, pretty much sums up, “the most beautiful city of all the capitals in Europe”, as Sir John Betjeman claimed it to be. After spending three weeks here, our team can happily back both of them up: we’ve met many wonderful people and visited incredible places that are all reachable by foot. In this guide, we’ve tried to present you a selection of the best ones.
Torn apart into the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town, Edinburgh is a very hilly, historical city that will enchant the lovers of history. If you’re willing to pay the price, an even wider range of monuments will be available to you, be it the famous King’s Castle or the Scott Monument. Enjoy the stunning views from Arthur’s Seat, get fresh air in the beautiful Royal Botanic garden, clear your mind at the splendid Portobello beach or enjoy a nice walk along the Water of Leith.
For hungry hearts, sweet bakeries and affordable dining establishments will make your heart melt. Treat yourself to a Scottish fudge and traditional shortbread! Don’t miss the chance to experience the Ceilidh dance, enjoy funny one-man shows at the Stand Comedy Club or taste haggis, Scotland’s national dish.
Culture buffs aren’t left out as Edinburgh has numerous renowned art galleries and museums as well as libraries all across the city. Edinburgh was, after all, the first UNESCO city of literature and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For shopping lovers, Princes Street among other streets is a perfect place to stroll around. The many independent coffee shops and tea rooms will offer an ideal break. Don’t let rainy days get you down, visit the small independent bookshops or enjoy an alternative movie at the cutest cinema venues. If you dare, get on a Ghost Tour and learn about Edinburgh’s haunted past. A drink at Edinburgh’s oldest pub located at Grassmarket, surrounded by friendly Scots, should cheer you up again. If it doesn’t, pay a visit to one of the many bustling venues that offers live folk music and let yourself go with the flow!
Elise Gueilan Wolff