Things to Do in Edinburgh
Sitting on volcanic rock above the city, Edinburgh Castle is a must see. Once a formidable fort and favoured residence of the Kings and Queens of Scotland, it is now home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny (although there is some speculation over the authenticity of the stone – it has been said that this stone is “nothing more sacred than the cover for a medieval septic tank!”) The oldest part of the castle site dates back to the twelfth century and the youngest part having being added as recently as the 1920’s. The guided tour is well worth joining to get that extra insight into the many events that the castle has been the centre of.
Princes Street Gardens
These gardens run the length of Princes Street, and were, in times gone by, the stagnant waters of Nor’ Loch, into which the Old Town’s waste flowed. Today they are a lot more fragrant and the swathes of green lawn, mature trees and colourful flower beds are a refuge for busy worker and shopper wanting to relax for a while.
This has to be one of Scotland’s most spectacular events in its calender. Held in August, the electric atmosphere of the Military Tattoo with the grand display of pipers, military bands, drummers, dancers and display teams from across the globe. Over 200,000 people attend the event against the wondrous back drop of the Castle, to watch the array of 5 or 6 military bands, with lively dancing, entertaining routines, must see lighting and fire work display. The show ends each night with a lone piper playing from high up in the Castle, sending eerie notes out across the city.
The Scotch Whisky Experience
Experience the process first hand as you sit in a barrel and are swirled and bubbled along a tour of the whisky making process. You will hear about the humble beginnings as a Cottage Industry process to the Global success that we know today, as well as a range of stories from behind the scenes. The tours ends with a look at the largest collection of Scotch Whisky, and of course, a wee dram!