Things to do in Edinburgh

Are you in need of some inspiration for things to do in Edinburgh? Below are just some of the biggest attractions in the area, and some would say are a must-see!
Things to to in Edinburgh

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.

Things to to in Edinburgh

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

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.

National Galleries of Scotland

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.

Scotch Whiskey experience

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!

Things to to in Edinburgh

Discover Edinburgh’s Hidden History through this brilliant interactive tour, as you wind down the streets of 17th century Scotland

Attraction distances from Edinburgh Airport

The easiest way to navigate around Edinburgh on your visit is by car! Whether you decide to hire a vehicle or maybe even book a taxi or two to transport you around the city, you may find the below distance and time information useful when it comes to planning.
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

Tourist Information

More information on local attractions can be obtained from:
Edinburgh Tourist Information Centre
Edinburgh & Lothians Tourist Board
3 Princes Street
Edinburgh EH2 2QP
Tel: 0845 2255 121

Shopping in Edinburgh

Shopping in Edinburgh - The Gyle Centre

Edinburgh City Centre has a large number of shops which are mostly located on the High Street and Princes Street. The Gyle Shopping Centre is a covered shopping centre just west of the city itself and houses a large number of high street shops. It has the following facilities:

  • Over 50 shops including Boots, Burtons, Dorothy Perkins, Superdrug, Gap, Marks & Spencer, River Island, Monsoon and WH Smith
  • A 500 seat food court containing a bar/bistro, Burger King, Chopstix, M&S, Baguette Express and Starbucks
  • Free parking for up to 4 hours
  • Children’s facilities including a rein hire, buggies and ID wristbands as well as Parent and Baby facilities available in the food court, Morrisons and M&S
  • A Morrisons petrol station

Visit the Gyle Shopping Centre website for more information.