With its castle on a hill, twisting old buildings, surrounding rocky crags, and edge of sparkling wharf, Edinburgh is a traveling hot-’Scot.’ After checking into your lodging and taking an early morning walk up the sun-washed hills bordering the city, check out these terrific to dos:
1. Take a sprinkling of music performances, a handful of workshops ranging from Gaelic instruction to dance lessons, some coffee, a helping of vegetarian food, and a free goods exchange market, shake it up, and you’ll have the Forest Cafe. This volunteer-run eclecticism will dine you, coffee you, and amuse you for all you’re worth.
2. Remember Dolly, the cloned sheep? Fancy paying her a ‘bleeting’ visit? Well, you can, at the National Museum of Scotland. After your ‘sheepish’ hello, dance off the explore the rest of this marvelous museum, where you can dress up like old time Scots and interactively learn about the history of the handsome country it calls home!
3. Strap on your walking shoes, and get ready to learning scads of interesting things about your surroundings. The well-liked, amusingly informative, and free SANDEMANs Edinburgh Tour will give you an understanding of the city so profound, it’s enough to make you break out into ceilidh dancing.
4. The Bethany Shop & Cafe understands that thrifting can be an intense venture. That’s why they’ve outfitted their charity shop with a cute l’il cafe. Browse this shop’s racks for funky gems, and when you’re feeling beat, sit down for a drop o’ tea and a tasty homemade sweet!
5. Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival deserves its celebrated reputation. This arts, music, literature, and culture extravaganza is beyond explanation. The only way to get a grasp on it is to attend some of its events yourself! From August 6 – 30, eat as large a hunk of participation pie as your can manage, by attending anything from roller derbies, to lectures, to operas and exhibitions.
Ever trod the trails of Edinburgh? What did you do?