Things to Do
The dramatic landscape, stunning architecture, and rich cultural history in science, philosophy and art from the enlightenment onwards has resulted in Edinburgh being dubbed the 'Athens of the North'.
Edinburgh is divided into two parts, the Old Town and New Town. The New Town was named to distinguish it from the mediaeval heart of the old city and by modern standards is not new. Built in the 18th Century, the New Town contains some of the finest Georgian architecture in the world and is a highly desirable place to live.
Edinburgh is one of the world’s most visually dramatic and vibrant cities. Lying on the south East of Scotland, Edinburgh is the Capital City of Scotland and seat of the Scottish Government. Although Second in size to its west coast neighbour Glasgow, the population doubles in size during the International Edinburgh Festival with events covering four weeks from early August.
The Edinburgh Playhouse is a former cinema in Edinburgh Centre in Scotland which now hosts touring music and musical concerts. Its capacity is 3,059, Stalls:1,519, Balcony:860 and Circle:680 making it the largest UK’s working theatre in terms of audience capacity.
A majestic landmark which dominates the capital city's skyline just as it has dominated Scotland's long and colourful history. Edinburgh Castle is the best known and most visited of Historic Scotland's buildings. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol, and part of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site. A rich mix of architectural styles reflects the castle's complex history and role as both stronghold and seat of Kings. The tiny St Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh's oldest building, dates from the 1100s.
Welcome to Edinburgh Zoo, the largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland, commited to the highest standards of animal welfare, conservation and environmental education. In just one day, you can meet over 1,000 wonderful animals, in our beautiful parkland setting on the outskirts of Edinburgh.And you can also enjoy a wide range of visitor facilities, from free Hilltop Safari rides to the top of the hill, children's play areas, restaurants, gift shops and masses of events and activities throughout the year. We want you to have a fantastic day out, so please choose from any of the options above to help you plan your visit.
Museum of Scotland
The Museum of Scotland is a striking and impressive achievement, beautifully framed by its surroundings, by Edinburgh's Old and New Towns, and the landscape beyond. From the Museum's roof-top garden visitors will have an unrivalled view of the historical as well as architectural context of the new building. Edinburgh Castle , Greyfriars Kirk, the Scott Monument , the spires and pinnacles of the city, the sea, and the hills beyond interact with the new museum, reinforcing its role as a central point in the nation's heritage, a protector of Scotland 's treasures. In 1991 architects Benson + Forsyth were selected as winners of the architectural competition to design the new Museum of Scotland .
Royal Highland Centre
The Royal Highland Centre is Scotland's largest exhibition venue and showground. Located 8 miles (13 km) west of Edinburgh, it hosts everything from trade exhibitions to rock concerts. Owned by the Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland, which was founded in 1784 and is headquartered at Ingliston House within the Centre, it is the venue for a number of large events throughout the year, including the annual Royal Highland Show. The Royal Highland Centre also provides a home for the 'Cars of the Stars' Motor Museum, a hotel, offices of various agricultural charities, and parts are rented to various other business activities, for example a motor auction company.
Torphin Hill Golf Club -Edinburgh
Set in the foothills of the Pentlands some six miles south of the centre of Edinburgh. The course is heathland and ranges between 600 and 700 feet above sea level with 14 of the 18 holes set on a relatively flat plateau with breathtaking views to the North of Edinburgh, the Forth Estuary and South to the Pentland Hills. The plateau is reached by playing the 3rd and newly designed 4th hole which require both skill and agility. For those lacking physical agility golf buggies are available at a very reasonable price. The course is 5247 yards but with a par of 68 and standard scratch of 67 is no ' walk in the park '. Course record is a fine 64.
Thornton Golf Club - Thornton
The course provides a challenge for the serious golfer and a real test for those who tend to hook and equally offers a pleasant golfing experience for all. The par 70, 18 holes (6155 yards) has a testing finishing 5 holes which holds the attention to the very end. Here the River Ore comes into play with the par 3, 14th "Burn" hole a particular feature. In addition to the excellent playing characteristics of the course there are also excellent practice facilities which include a nine hole putting green, substantial practice area (more than adequate for the longest hitter) and also a net practice area.
House of the Binns - Linlithgow
An Edinburgh butter merchant, Thomas Dalyell, who had made his fortune at the court of King James VI and I in London, built the House of the Binns between 1612 and 1630. It has been the home of the Dalyell family ever since. The house is a good example of the early 17th-century transition in Scottish architecture from fortified stronghold to more spacious mansion. Important moulded plaster ceilings in four of the main rooms were added in 1630. The house's fascinating collection of portraits, furniture and porcelain reveals the life and interests of one family through the centuries, including one of its celebrated characters, General Tam Dalyell, about whom there is a wealth of legends.
Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's capital airport. Over 35 airlines serve around 60 destinations and some eight million passengers pass through the airport a year - figures which are set to grow as Scotland's international connections develop. Scotland's fast-growing east coast airport. This is an unofficial site but never less the one that everyone flying from Edinburgh Airport refers to - eat your heart out BAA! Geographically, Edinburgh airport is in an enviable position in Central Scotland. It is within easy access of Fife, Tayside and Aberdeenshire. Edinburgh and the Borders. Central West Scotland and beyond. For instance many travellers from the East of Glasgow, come to Edinburgh rather than nearby Glasgow airport, because of congestion on Glasgow's Kingston Bridge.