It is hard to see everything a city like Edinburgh has to offer if you are visiting there from somewhere abroad. This is why it is much better to choose a selection of some of the best, must see things to see and plan your trip around taking those sights in. If you are intending on using DriveNow car hire at Edinburgh airport and are looking for the places and things you should not miss while in the city, in the following article you will find 4 places that we think no visit to Edinburgh is complete without.
Take a Leisurely Walk along Princes Street
Princes Street is the street in the city and is where most people come to shop. It is a great place to see some of the best views of Edinburgh’s Old Town from and rather than being swayed by the allure of the lovely shops, you should make a point of walking the length of the street. There is also the Princes Street Gardens which is a beautiful city park to wander round and stop for some lunch in.
National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street in Edinburgh is arguably one of the best museums in the world. It was recently refurbished and reopened in the summer of ’11. If the weather is particularly bad on one of the days during your trip to the Scottish capital, you could easily wile away the day inside this museum. The actual building itself is something of a work of art, so you are in for a treat before you even start looking at the magnificent exhibits on display. If you have kids, this place is great as it has a plethora of interactive things that will entertain them.
Take a Trip up To Arthur’s Seat
At the centre of Edinburgh sits Arthur’s Seat. If you want something a bit more challenging to do during your trip to the city, there are a selection of paths to choose from that will take you straight to the top within an hour. Don’t worry if you have taken the car out with you or you don’t fancy walking as there is a road that takes you to the top as well. Whether you walk or drive, Arthur’s Seat offers visitors some of the most breath-taking vistas of the city.
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most interesting and beautifully crafted castles in the world. It is located at the highest point of the Old part of the city, where it has stood overlooking, in a foreboding and intimidating fashion for hundreds of years. Every corner within the castle provides you with a stunning view of the city. The castle is also home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and a comprehensive war memorial.
While the list above is by no means exhaustive and there are plenty of other things you can do in Edinburgh; it at least gives you a starting point to work from. As a city that brings together the old and the new in such an effective way; even a day spent wandering around and taking in the sights and sounds of Edinburgh would be interesting and full of memories.