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Top 5 Things to Do in Edinburgh

May 28, 2013

Located on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh is a spectacular city with historical sites at seemingly every turn. While exploring the city you’ll notice the ancient architecture of the buildings, men with kilts playing the bag pipes on many of the street corners, classic pubs that have been serving smooth ales for centuries and beautiful parks dotted with brightly colored flower beds.

Premier golf travel experts have spent lots of time enjoying and exploring Edinburgh. Here are some great ideas for a day out on the town:

Edinburgh Castle — The mighty Edinburgh castle is one of the most well preserved fortresses in Europe and is an iconic symbol of Scottish history. It’s perched atop a volcanic rock overlooking the city it once protected years ago. Stroll along the Royal Mile road, which goes straight up to the castle, take a tour or simply admire the stunning views possible at this phenomenal castle.

Princes Street and George Street — There’s a wide selection of elegant shopping in the city of Edinburgh. Take a walk down Princes Street and you’ll find stores like H&M, Zara and The House of Fraser. A short walk away is George Street, where the locals go to shop at stylish stores and enjoy a drink at trendy bars.

Royal Mile and Grassmarket — If you’re looking to buy a Kilt or some bagpipes, The Royal Mile, which runs right up to the castle, has the best selection of souvenir shops. You can also grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants along this cobblestone street. If you’re looking for antique books, unique gifts or independent designer clothes, check out the charming Grassmarket just off Victoria Street. It’s a great place to sit at a café and admire the stunning castle up above.

Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat — With stunning views and awesome hiking trails, Holyrood Park is a great place to visit for the day. Take a walk up to Arthur’s Seat, which is an extinct volcano and offers a beautiful view of the entire city. While exploring you may come across the magnificent Palace of HolyroodHouse or the old ruins of Holyrood Abby. Pick up some Scottish delicacies at the local grocery store, head to the park and have a picnic you’ll never forget.

Scotch Whisky Experience — Located next to the EdinburghCastle, the Scotch Whisky Experience is a great place to learn about Scotland’s national drink. It’s a whisky lover’s paradise with flavor maps, tasting sites and an interactive distillery ride that teaches you how whisky is made. At the end of the tour enjoy a complimentary dram of whisky and admire their unique bottle room. (click here for website)