Let me start by saying, I love Edinburgh. I think that it is an incredibly charming city, filled with enough things to see and do; you could literally spend weeks there. If you are going to Scotland looking for cobblestones, castles, tours, and easy access to souvenirs, this will be the destination for you. If you are searching for breathtaking scenery, and an authentic Scottish culture and experience, you might want to bypass the country’s capital and look elsewhere.
Edinburgh has three major attractions working in its favor. It has the Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and the Holyroodhouse Palace. The Castle and the Palace are connected by the Royal Mile, which is one of the oldest streets in Scotland, and is also where you will find shopping and restaurants.
Admission to the Castle is pricey, but well worth the cost, as this is where you can see the crown jewels, the prisoners of war rooms, the cannons, and amazing views. Carve out at least two to three hours of time to spend here, as you will want to linger and explore! The Castle also offers a proper afternoon tea, which is a must.
Scotland is a beautiful country that begs to have more than just its capital explored—but that doesn’t mean Edinburgh should be overlooked. Spend some time in the small towns, the highlands, as well as the countries capital, and enjoy the U.K.