ad collaborative post // This last year has been hard for everyone and more than anything we are all desperate for a holiday. However with the rules ever changing and so much uncertainty in the air, it may be a safer option to opt to stay in the UK for your holiday this year, after all there are so many beautiful places to see right under our noses.
One of these places in Edinburgh, it is one of the oldest and intriguing cities due to the vast amount of things you can get up to. Edinburgh could be the perfect starting place for a Scotland road trip, a popular one is the NC500, you could make Edinburgh your starting point as there are many trustworthy places for car hire Edinburgh, to get the perfect car to accompany you on your scottish road trip.
1. Edinburgh Castle
A trip to Edinburgh would not be complete without getting a picture in front of the famous landmark, Edinburgh castle. The castle is the perfect spot for history lovers, being over 900 years old, taking a tour of the castle is the perfect place to get your history fix. The castle is also built up over the city so you can get breathtaking views over the whole of Edinburgh.
2. The Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is another of Edinburghs must visit places, this is a street lined with historic buildings in the heart of the old town. The name derives from its processional route for kings and queens over the past 500 years. It has the palace of Holyrood House at one end and Edinburgh castle at the other, as well as connections to the queen’s official Scottish residence.
3. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden is one of the world’s leading botanical gardens, dating back almost 350 years, it boasts over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the perfect place for a stroll after a long day of sightseeing. It is also a great spot for horticultural fans, as it is home to more than 13,500 species and has a scientific centre for the conservation and study of plants.
4. Scotch Whisky tour
Located in the heart of the old town is Edinburgh’s Scotch Whisky Experience (yes it is spelled without the ‘e’ here!) On the tour you will taste a variety of whiskeys as well as blending your own! It also takes you through the history of whiskey and takes you on a barrel ride to listen to the tales of a ghost explaining how to make scotch whiskey. If you are a whiskey fan this has to be at the top of your list when visiting Scotland.
5. Spooky Tours
As you can imagine, in a city as old as Edinburgh, there is a lot of history. They offer a variety of tours to allow you to explore Edinburgh’s spooky history. There are a huge range of ghost tours to choose from, they will take you on an adventure and reveal dark history as well as leaving you feeling ‘spooked’. Some of the most recommended tours include the City of the Dead tours, Mercat Tours, Ghost Bus Tours and many more!
There is so much to do in Edinburgh, this makes it the perfect location for a staycation. It is also the perfect stop off as part of a bigger road trip around Scotland. The whole country has so much to offer for all ages, whether you are looking for beach staycations, adventure or city breaks, there will be something for you.