Our guide to the best days out in... Edinburgh

Edinburgh has a bit of everything – and it’s not nearly as posh as Glaswegians tell you.

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Days out in Edinburgh

A dramatic castle perched on an ancient volcano. Clubs that bounce til the wee small hours. Those tasty shortbread biscuits.

If you’re after beer and banter, try Dirty Dick’s or the Shoogly Peg on Rose Street. The Ivy on the Square serves lunch in lush surroundings. Then there’s the Lioness of Leith in Duke Street – always a cool place to hang out.

Kids can see pandas at Edinburgh Zoo. You can learn lively footy chants at Easter Road or Tynecastle. Or watch pale people turn pink when it’s ‘taps aff’ weather in Princes Street Gardens. The New Town’s glam boulevards balance out Old Town closes and crannies. Edinburgh rocks – just as buzzing as London but a lot easier to get around.

Did you know...

A little nugget about Edinburgh

The only knighted penguin in the world lives at Edinburgh Zoo.


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Amazing attractions in Edinburgh

Department of Magic

Move over Hogwarts, this is the new home to witchcraft and wizardry. Get ready to cast spells, mix potions in and go head-to-head with... Keep reading

The Edinburgh Dungeon

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Sea, sand and (sometimes) sun. Pubs and clubs. Family attractions. Blackpool’s great for a break.


Football. Fashion. Music. Manchester’s got so much to answer for.

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond. Just saying it out loud sounds chilled, right? Trossachs – maybe not so much.

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