Edinburgh is a city that begs to be explored. Edinburgh is the inspiring capital of Scotland, where centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan city in an unforgettable setting. Discover stunning, striking architecture, fine food and beautiful coast. Discover stunning, striking architecture, fine food and beautiful coast. Discover stunning, striking architecture.

Scotch Whisky Experience

Near the Castle on the Royal Mile. A "ride" through the whisky making process and a chance to taste at least one malt. My favourite malts are from Islay and are very peaty and smoky - best examples are Bunnahabhain, Laphroaig, Ardbeg and Bruichladdich.

http://www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk/

scottish.parliament

Only in existence since the late 1990s, this is a fantastic new building that is well worth seeing inside and out. You can watch proceedings from the public gallery (MSPs don't sit in the summer), take a guided tour, and have a nice cup of tea in the cafe:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/

Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags

A hike up to the summit of Arthur's Seat is highly worthwhile, especially on a nice day when you can see across to the coast at North Berwick or up towards the start of the Highlands. The best approach is from the gentler eastern slope, which is accessible just beyond the Parliament building. The surrounding Holyrood Park is great for picnics and less strenuous hikes - you can walk right around the Seat. St Margaret's Loch is a very pretty spot from where to start the climb up to the summit. could also cycle up to very near the summit as the surrounding road goes quite high up on the southern side.