#1 –  Tour Edinburgh Castle
Majestically sitting high atop an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle dominates the landscape in Scotland’s capital city.  Originally built in the 12th century, Edinburgh Castle has a long and interesting history.  Like all other historical sites we’ve visited during our tours of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle is well preserved and definitely worth spending a day to explore and learn. Scotland reveres its history and its historical sites attest to that dedication.  As you would guess, a variety of four options are available.  Tickets can be purchased online and at the gate. Photo: Visit Scotland/Kenny Lam

Palace at Holyrood

#2 – Tour the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Originally built in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh.  Open at various times throughout the year, you can take a private guided morning or evening tour of the Palace.  Tickets are also available for the Queen’s Gallery, which presents exhibits of the Royal Collection for members of the public.

#3 – Dine at The Witchery by the Castle
One of the most interesting and highest rated restaurants in Edinburgh and on The Royal Mile, The Witchery’s historic and elegant atmosphere and delicious menu makes dining here an unforgettable experience. Photo: The Witchery at the Castle

#4 – Walk through Old Town Edinburgh, Stroll The Royal Mile
Situated between Holyrood House and Edinburgh Castle on either end, the Royal Mile and surrounding area in Old Town make for a fascinating walk.  The architecture, the history, the people, the restaurants in Old Town – these combine to make you feel you’ve truly stepped back in time.  There is so much to see and all of it is walkable! Photo: Visit Scotland/Kenny Lam

#5 – Sample Some Scotch Whisky
Whisky is engrained in Scottish culture.  When in Scotland, trying whisky is a must.  Some of the top-rated places to try the wide variety of Scotch Whisky in Edinburgh include The Scotch Whisky Experience, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Bow Bar, Whiski Rooms, Jeffrey Street Whisky and Tobacco, and Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop. Photo: Scotch Malt Whisky Society

#6 – Visit the Scott Monument
Soon after Sir Walter Scott’s death in 1832 and a design competition, construction began on a gothic monument to commemorate Scott’s life and international influence and contribution to literature.  Visitors can tour the monument and museum inside as well as see some of the best views of Edinburgh. Photo: Visit Scotland/Kenny Lam

#7 – Dine at The Voodoo Rooms
If you’re looking for a unique dining and entertainment experience, visit The Voodoo Rooms on West Register Street.  With an award-winning bar, creative menus and décor, weekly musical entertainment, and central location in Edinburgh, the Voodoo Rooms is well worth a visit for lunch or better yet, a dinner and show. Photo: The Voodoo Rooms

#8 – Visit National Museum of Scotland
Newly renovated, the National Museum of Scotland holds more than 20,000 artifacts and is one of Britain’s top 10 museums.  The museum is open 364 days a year (except Christmas) and exhibits the history of Scotland from the Paleolithic Era to present day.  The museum also features exhibits of the Scots’ contribution to the world’s literature, history, arts, and science.  Located on Chambers Street in Edinburgh, the museum is about a 13-minute walk from The Scott Monument. Photo: Visit Scotland/Kenny Lam

Authur's Seat

#9 – Enjoy the view at Arthur’s Seat
A short walk from The Royal Mile, Arthur’s Seat is located in Holyrood Park and is one of the highest points in Edinburgh providing an excellent view of The Scott Monument, Edinburgh Castle, and views of the city.  Also located in Holyrood Park is a Bronze Age fort, Holyrood Lodge Information Centre, St. Anthony’s Chapel, and Salisbury Crags. Photo: Visit Scotland/Kenny Lam

Victoria Street

#10 – Shop, Shop, Shop
Edinburgh offers a great experience for walking and shopping around town.  Visiting shops that cater to a wide range of tastes and budgets, Princes Street, the Grassmarket and Victoria Street, George Street, Multrees Walk, Stockbridge, The West End, Bruntsfield and Morningside, The Royal Mile, High Street, and Canongate, these locations offer something for everyone, including unique items made in Scotland! Photo: Visit Scotland/Peter Dibdin