Things to do in Edinburgh
I have designed this page so that you the visitor can explore Edinburgh in greater depth by reading what Edinburgh has to offer and/ or access these locations by hiring out our electric bikes. This page is sections of interest.
- The old town including Arthur’s Seat
- The New town including Carlton Hill Duddingston Village
- Duddingston Village The Royal Yacht Britannia and Leith
- The Royal Yacht Britannia and Leith Edinburgh Coastlines Portobello
Distances of Edinburgh attraction mentioned taken from Edinburgh Castle(city centre)
The old town including Arthur’s Seat
Visit: The Old town contain most of the Edinburgh attractions containing buildings from different time periods this was the heart of medieval Edinburgh with the Royal Mile being the main street and at one point 3 hundred closes and winds. 60 remaining today this where people lived and where people worked with different closes and winds named after the trade which was sold or a famous Edinburgh character. Also stands next to the Old town an extinct Volcano known as Arthurs seat a lovely section of landscape that sits next to the Old town which latter holds important geological findings after James Hutton father of Geology discovered how the earth works by studying the features of Arthur’s Seat.
Distance from Edinburgh Castle to St Giles Cathedral: 0.3 mile
Distance from Edinburgh Castle to Arthur’s Seat: 1 mile
The New town including Carlton Hill
For a full experience of Edinburgh it is a good idea to visit the Old and the New town. As most people get caught up with spending most of their time in the Medieval Old town by seeing the New town you will understand that Edinburgh is a city of contrast. The New town was built due to overcrowding and dirty living conditions in the Old Town. The New town with its big wide open spaces started to rapidly develop swallowing up villages and turning what was once farmland into a mile and a quarter of Georgian architecture. neo-classical Edinburgh now having influences of Greece and Rome. Next development of business and intellectuals all flourished due to advances in the New town. From this area of Edinburgh you can see medieval and neo-classical Edinburgh from Carlton hill a must see Edinburgh attraction and if you get the chance to travel along the water of Leith give a fresh leafy feel to the city that once supplied Edinburgh with water and bread at the world heritage site Dean Village.
Distance from Edinburgh Castle to Carlton hill: 1 mile
Distance from Edinburgh Castle to the water of Leith: 1.1 miles
Duddingston Village: In the 17th and 18th century this village had an industry known for coal and salt. It also has the oldest pub in Scotland The Sheep Heid and has been a pub since 1360. Also found in Duddingston village Doctor Neil’s Garden known as Edinburgh’s secret garden which is one of Scotland’s best preserved looks on to the peaceful Duddingston loch which influenced the famous painting by Henry Raeburn the skating minister. Also there Duddingston Kirk dates back to the 12th century. This medieval church provides a beautiful setting with its cobblestone street against a dominating extinct volcano behind it known as Arthur’s Seat.
Distance from Edinburgh Castle to Duddingston Village: 2.4 miles
The Royal Yacht Britannia and Leith
The Royal Yacht Britannia and Leith: Leith harbor has been Edinburgh trading port for hundreds of years. Although it’s part of Edinburgh today it used to be a separate town. Before Edinburgh Georgian New Town was built there was mainly farmland Separating Leith and Edinburgh. Along Leith dock offers a selection of restaurants and bars. A top Edinburgh attraction which can be found in Leith is the Royal Yacht Britannia. This was the queens floating residency for 40 year and has sailed 1,000,000 miles around the world. Another thing worth doing is cycling along the water of Leith (connects Leith to Edinburgh) this leafy section once supplied Edinburgh with water and if you’re lucky a chance to spot some wildlife
Distance from Edinburgh Castle to Leith Docks: 2.8 miles
Distance from Edinburgh Castle to The Royal Yacht Britannia: 3miles
Edinburgh Coastlines Portobello
Portobello has a lovely promenade which to cycle along on a hot summers day. Also has a good selection of cafes and restaurants. Its a place to relax and watch the world go by.
Distance from Edinburgh Castle to Portobello: 3.7 miles