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Sights & Sounds

Must See Experiences in Edinburgh

Where to Start on Your Visit to the Capital?

Picture the scene, you've arrived in Edinburgh, you've got your camera at the ready, and you're itching to get started. That's the question though, where do you start? You can't go wrong with our list of sights and sounds of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh is a city that is the sum of its parts. There are many fantastic buildings and landmarks, but the city’s true beauty comes from viewing it as a whole. The Edinburgh skyline is one of the UK’s most glorious sights, and you can see it for yourself from atop Arthur’s Seat. Along with Arthur’s seat, there are many other parks in the city, each with their own personality and feel.

World-Class Architecture and Historic Districts

The city, as you would expect also has a number of world-famous buildings and examples of architecture through the ages. The most obvious of these is Edinburgh Castle, perched at the peak of Castle Rock, but the likes of Hopetoun House and Holyrood Palace are magnificent buildings in their own right.

The sporting heritage of the city is also prevalent as you make your way around. The famous Murrayfield Stadium, home of the Scotland National Rugby Union Team can be found in the west of the city, while Tynecastle and Easter Road, home to Hearts and Hibernian football clubs respectively, are deep-rooted parts of the city.

Edinburgh’s glorious sights and sounds are found across the city’s many famous areas. The main three areas, however, are found in the very centre of the Scottish capital. Old Town and New Town, both forming part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site, and the West End, make up the city centre.

The best way to enjoy all that Edinburgh has to offer is to get out and explore. The Scotsman Hotel is based on the border of the New Town and Old Town, providing a perfect base to discover Edinburgh and beyond.

View from Edinburgh Castle
View from Edinburgh Castle

Areas of Edinburgh

Discover the Individual Aspects of a Wider City

Leith, Murrayfield, Cowgate, Craigleith, Ingliston and many more; these are just some of the dozens of unique areas found within the confines of the Scottish capital. Read our guide to the best of the bunch, and what there is to see and do in each one.

Areas of Edinburgh
Football Pitch courtesy of Pixabay
Football Pitch courtesy of Pixabay

Stadiums & Arenas

Iconic Venues Brimming with Sporting Legacy

While Glasgow may have some of the more immediately famous sporting grounds, such as Ibrox and Celtic Park, Edinburgh is certainly not without its own legendary venues, including Murrayfield, the home of Scottish rugby, and the football stadiums of Tynecastle and Easter Road.

Stadiums & Arenas
Edinburgh from Arthur's Seat
Edinburgh from Arthur's Seat

Parks & Gardens

Islands of Tranquillity in a Sea of Vibrant Activity

After a weekend spent sampling all that Edinburgh has to offer, including the bustling festival scene and major tourist attractions, you might be ready to get away from the crowds. Well, you can do just that in one of Edinburgh’s many peaceful parks.

Parks & Gardens

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