As well as the fine architecture you'll find here, Edinburgh Castle offers spectacular views from its hilltop position, and is also home to the National War Museum of Scotland and the Scottish crown jewels.
Home to over 1,000 animals, Edinburgh Zoo makes for an informative and fun family day out. The zoo is situated just ten minutes from the city centre and is a charity keen to promote animal welfare and conservation also, making it a worthwhile cause to contribute to by visiting.
The Palace of Holyrood House marks the end of the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh city centre. This former medieval monastery is the Queen's official Scottish residence. The residence currently houses the Queen's Gallery, which is a fine collection of 17th-century Dutch paintings and artwork.
You could spend a day or two simply exploring the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish National Gallery.
Whether you want a Taste of Scotland or a Golden Tour of the Whiskey Factory (with samples a-plenty), this sure does make for a day out with a difference!
Discover Edinburgh's Hidden History through this brilliant interactive tour, as you wind down the streets of 17th century Scotland
|Attraction||Distance from Edinburgh Airport||Approximate journey time (Car)|
|Palace of Holyrood House||9.4 miles||36 mins|
|Edinburgh Castle||8.3 miles||25 mins|
|Scottish National Portrait Gallery||7.6 miles||27 mins|
|Edinburgh Zoo||4.3 miles||11 mins|
|Mary King's Close||8.4 miles||26 mins|
|Scotch Whiskey Experience||8.3 miles||24 mins|
|Gyle Shopping Center||2.7 miles||8 mins|
If you’re not sure what to do, then your first point of call should be visiting this centre. They’re perfect for helping you find activities and things to do in Edinburgh! The advice provided is completely free of charge and can be very helpful if you’re new to the area so we definitely recommend visiting them if you need inspiration for your trip. Their address is:
249 High Street,
The City Of Edinburgh
Visit the Gyle Shopping Centre website for more information.