9 Jun 21 / Edinburgh
A summer in Edinburgh
With a rich history and beauty spots, patchworks of rolling hills, fantastic architecture, buzzy streets and great festivals – why would you staycation anywhere else than Edinburgh this summer? After a day of exploring, our roll top baths will be waiting for you at Hotel du Vin Edinburgh, just off the bustling Royal Mile in the Old Town.
There is something for everyone to enjoy in the stunning Scottish capital. Read on for our full guide on top attractions.
Based in the Old Town and within a World Heritage site, the area is culturally and historically important to the city and jam packed with things to see and do. A ‘Scots mile’ long, and connecting two royal residences (the Castle and the palace of Holyrood House), it is also home to parliaments old and new, law courts, a cathedral and churches, and a vast range of visitor attractions, walking tours, shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh's historic old town, behind the castle, the Grassmarket neighbourhood is one of the most vibrant, picturesque and lively areas of the city. A paradise of independent merchants, designers and artisans, the Grassmarket is simply bursting with some of the best shopping Edinburgh has to offer. The area is well known for being home to some of the best restaurants in Edinburgh as well as some of the most animated and eclectic bars.
It is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.
Discover the diversity of their impressive collections, from art and design treasures to ground-breaking scientific inventions, archaeological finds and iconic Scottish objects, wonders of the natural world and artefacts from around the world. There is so much to see, you could easily spend all day.
GALLERY OF MODERN ART
Saunter through the many rooms of the Scottish National gallery of modern art. Stroll in the stunning sculpture garden. Enjoy a relaxing coffee on the terrace. In the two buildings, known as Modern One and Modern Two, masterpieces by Picasso and Warhol hang alongside artworks by Scottish artists.
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS
Explore 72 acres with over 10.000 plant species. The highlights are the Chinese Hillside, the Queen Mother’s memorial garden and the Woodland Garden. It's also worth visiting the garden’s glasshouses with plants from various countries, creating a surprising and sensational experience.
Across the road from the Botanic Gardens, this large park is not a woodland in the traditional sense, though it has lovely tree-lined paths, a large pond and playing fields. There are also allotments, a children's play park, tennis courts and other recreation spaces here - something for everyone.
The climb to the top of this ancient, extinct volcano from the hotels takes about 55 minutes. From the summit there are spectacular and rewarding city-wide views. You can spot the Nelson Monument and the imposing bulk of Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh’s stunning Dean Village was once a prosperous hamlet with eleven working mills on the strong currents of the city's river. Today, it’s an oasis of calm in the city, bursting with beauty, character and instagramable streets. It's impossible to leave this place without a good shot.
Enjoy the delights from curio shops to a diverse range of cafés, restaurants and bars. Edinburgh’s exciting new waterfront development and boasting the award-winning Royal Yacht Britannia. Discover the shops, restaurants and galleries in the popular shore area of Leith - one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Europe
Just 20 minutes from Princes Street, Portobello has 2 miles of award-winning sandy beach and offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Ice cream parlours, arcades and beach-side cafes and bars are dotted along the prom, making it the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon, or even a winter one, if you want to blow away the cobwebs.
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE
The Edinburgh Festival is a wonderful celebration of arts and culture. For three weeks in August, the city of Edinburgh welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe. Experience vibrant colours, spectacular shows and fun events for all the family during this summer month.