In anticipation of my long weekend in Scotland’s capital for the annual Fringe Festival I asked around for the top 10 must-do’s. I thought I’d write a before list of other’s top 10 suggestions and then revisit the list once I returned to see if I would rate them the same.
- Edinburgh Castle. I see this remaining in my list – I do have a thing for castles.
- Sample the local tipple. I shamed myself at work when someone suggested I drink whisky in Edinburgh; “do they make it there?”. Oh they laughed, and I learned.
- Eat local = haggis, venison and stovies. Enough said.
- Visit the seaside! Portobello beach, right in the city.
- Laugh, sing and dance with the festival – we planned our trip around Fringe so we could check out all the gigs while taking in the city.
- Climb the extinct volcano in the urban park; Arthur’s Seat, the tallest of Edinburgh’s seven hills.
- Soak up the architectural sights in the centre of town.
- Hit the Old Town; small streets lined with wool shops, pubs and historical monuments.
- Pop by Elephant House Cafe where writers such as JK Rowling, Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin put pen to paper and let their ideas flow.
- Finally, just wander. Stroll the cobbled streets and pass through the historic Royal Mile.
Have you been to Edinburgh, what would you suggest? We’ll see if this list matches up when I return.
“This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.”
― Alexander McCall Smith