The Royal Mile runs from the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament all the way up to Edinburgh Castle. Along the way are tiny alleyways (called closes), the Museum of Edinburgh and Gladstone's Land, a restored tenement building. Next to St. Giles' Cathedral is the Heart of Midlothian, a cobblestone heart marking the site of the entrance to Old Tolbooth prison.
The revamped Scottish National Portrait Gallery is just a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Portraits range from the historical (princes and poets) to the contemporary (scientists and activists), including depictions of Sean Connery and Albert Einstein. The café makes a good spot for lunch, and a range of special, temporary exhibitions ensures you always see eye-to-eye with someone new.
Edinburgh is known for its traditional museums, but the city's contemporary art scene is also thriving. If you want to see what the young, creative set is up to, pay a visit to Collective. Steps from the hotel, this gallery is housed in the old City Observatory on Calton Hill, and includes an open-air café.
Inchcolm Island in the Firth of Forth is home to 12th-century Inchcolm Abbey, a well-preserved collection of monastic buildings with a rare medieval fresco. On a sunny day you can pack a picnic, catch a ferry from South Queensferry, and spread out your feast on one of two beaches before paying a visit to the abbey. Bus-and-boat tours leave from Waverley Bridge, less than a mile from the hotel.
Clothing in Scotland is made to last, and Edinburgh has a huge range of shops specialising in cashmere, tweed and tartan. Dunedin Cashmere, just off the Royal Mile, sells cosy cardigans, while Marchbrae across from St. Giles' Cathedral stocks thick jumpers and Barbour jackets. For a quirkier take, visit 21st Century Kilts, a boutique at the forefront of the kilt trend among celebrities.
Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH12NG
Edinburgh Castle is the most famous attraction in the city of Edinburgh. Located at the top of the Royal Mile this ancient Castle proudly looks over the city today. Visitors can walk around the castle walls or choose to view some of the many attractions including The Crown Jewels, and St Margarets Chapel. Seasonal Opening times vary throughout the year. It is important to chcek with the hotel Concierge for latest times.
Cannongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
The Queen is in residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse during Holyrood week, which usually takes place from the end of June to the beginning of July. The home is also used by various members of the royal family when they visit Scotlands capital city. The Queen hosts her Royal Garden Party in July each year where members of the public. Several different exhibitions are on show throughout the year. Restricted opening times in the winter. Please check with the team for up to date information
134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS
Edinburgh Zoo is set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, the Zoo is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. Apart from getting close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out. You can experience a busy programme of educational events and activities - ranging from keeper talks through to hands on animal encounters. The Pandas are the Zoos main attraction. Opening times vary from 9.30 - 4.30/6pm depending on season.
Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ
The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences. Opening times vary with season. Please check before visiting
High Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1RE
St Giles' Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland's chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen).
20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR
Refresh your senses and explore the riches of the green kingdom at one of the world's finest botanic gardens. Journey through warmer climes in the Glasshouses or discover contemporary art at Inverleith House.
Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof at the National Museum of Scotland.
42 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TG
The Museum of Childhood is a fun day out for the whole family. Young people can learn about the children of the past and see a fantastic range of toys and games, while adults enjoy a trip down memory lane. Young people and adults will enjoy finding out about growing up through the ages, from toys and games to health and school days. Hands-on activities, including a puppet theatre and dressing up area, together with our fantastic museum shop, help to make your visit a memorable one.
Chapel Loan, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9PU
Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 as a place of worship and services continue to be held weekly. It was made famous by the Dan Brown books. The Chapel has also been a popular destination for visitors for generations. By the late 18th century, it was starting to appear on popular itineraries. The Chapel is still family owned. Rosslyn Chapel Trust was established in 1995 to care for the Chapel and oversee its conservation and public access.
2 Warriston Close, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PQ
The Real Mary King’s Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces. It can be a strange concept to understand. Back in the 1600’s Mary King’s Close and neighbouring Closes were at the heart of Edinburgh’s busiest and most vibrant streets, open to the skies and bustling with traders selling their wares to the Old Town’s residents. Find out why this street finds itself underground 400 years later.