Edinburgh stands on the firth of forth in the heart of the Lothians. Whilst Glasgow gained great international recognition for being the Capital of European Culture, Edinburgh is seen by many Scots to be the natural home of Scottish culture and has always been the city which attracts the tourists in greater numbers.
We list below some of its major attractions that you may like to visit when flying out of Edinburgh airport. Many of our customers tack on a few extra days and book one of the Edinburgh airport hotels with parking
This magnificent Castle is Edinburgh's top tourist attraction known throughout the world. The Castle rock has been inhabited since 800 BC and the great Castle which grew upon it has become a symbol of Scotland's nationhood. Guided tours are available.
Visit the Honours of the Kingdom exhibition showing the Scottish Crown Jewels, The Stone of Destiny . Understandably the top attraction in Scotland, far less Edinburgh, you do not need to be a history fanatic to enjoy the castle.
Wander around the battlements, watch the "One O'Clock Gun" being fired. There is the huge "Mons Meg" a massive cannon from the 15th century, swords and other weapons galore.
There are reminders scratched on the walls of the dungeons from the days when the castle was a prison for the Frenchmen captured during the Napoleonic wars. The crown jewels of Scotland and the "Stone of Destiny" on which generations of Scottish and British kings and queens have been crowned.
And if you are in Edinburgh during the Festival in August then the world famous military tattoo on the castle esplanade in the evening is an exciting affair .
The Zoo is ten minutes from the city centre and is another of Scotland's top visits. The Zoo's famous collection of Penguins are a must see when they parade out to be fed . There are over a 1000 animals to see including tigers, polar bears and lions.
Made famous by the fifties film which is soon to be given a makeover by Steven Spielberg .The statue to the faithful dog that remained by its master's grave is across the road from the Museum of Scotland including that grave which Bobby would not leave.
Museum of Scotland
The Royal Museum has a wide range of interactive exhibits which children love and next door is the Museum of Scotland which devotes itself to Scottish heritage through the ages
Scottish Whiskey Centre
At the top of the Royal Mile, the Scotch Whisky Centre is a literally a barrel of fun - you board an electrically driven whisky barrel-car to take you through a 300 years of making whisky in Scotland - seeing, hearing and smelling! And at the end, all the adults get a free "dram" of whisky (Walt Disney can't match that!) and a helium balloon and soft drinks for children. T
Edinburgh Butterfly Farm and Insect
Exotic butterflies and tropical birds flying free, but you can handle snakes and spiders