Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland. It is rich in natural beauty and famous for its medieval castles, bagpipes, breweries. Edinburgh is an ancient, beautiful, noisy and fun city, it has a huge number of drinking establishments, museums, and concert venues. There are the big sights including Edinburgh Castle, Holyroodhouse, and the Royal Mile. But there are other nooks you might want to see during your trip to Edinburgh.
- Saint Margaret’s Chapel
The Saint Margaret Chapel is located on the territory of Edinburgh Castle. The chapel is the oldest Edinburgh building. Built in 1130 by King David I in memory of his mother, Saint Margaret, tha chapel still hosts religious ceremonies, including weddings and christenings. The chapel was repurposed as a gunpowder storage area in the 1500s, but it was rediscovered and restored to its former, more peaceful function in 1845.
- The World’s End
In the 16th century, Edinburgh was a walled city. Defensive gates were built in order to protect the city’s Old Town from British forces. The Scottish residents who couldn’t pay the entrance fee to get back through the gate never left the enclosed area, and they believed that anything outside of the gates represented “the World’s End.” The name remained. The World’s End pub is a nice place to grab a pint and some fish and chips.
- The Scottish Parliament
The United Kingdom transferred some full powers of Scotland in 1999. As a result, the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, created a new governing body. To date, Scottish Parliament consists of 129 elected officials. Government in Scotland has its own chambers near Holyrood and is working in partnership with the British Parliament on some issues. You can explore the public areas of the building on your own most days of the week. You can even obtain a ticket to a Parliament debate.
- The National Museum Of Scotland
You can visit the National Museum of Scotland. Today it is one of the most visited attractions in the country. There are thousands of artifacts from all over the world in the museum. You should also take time to visit the museum’s rooftop terrace. It boasts views of Edinburgh that will take your breath away.
- The Writers’ Museum
Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson – these names are the pride of Scotland. Locals sincerely worship people who glorified the country not only on the battlefields, but also in art. In Edinburgh there is a Museum of authors – the place dedicated to the wonderful Scottish writers and poets. Here you can see their personal belongings are rare editions, which almost did not reach the readers. Even if you are not familiar with the work of these writers, you will still be interested to hear exciting stories about the authors.
- The Elephant House
One of the remarkable places in Edinburgh is The Elephant House, a whimsical café. This is the place where J.K. Rowling began to write the Harry Potter series that has captivated people around the globe.
Many guests of the restaurant come with a pack of blank sheets and sit down to write their stories in a cafe, hoping that they will create something as ingenious as Rowling.
- Scottish Storytelling Centre
This arts venue features a wide range of events and exhibits. Here you can get to know a few locals and try your hand at crack – the art of Scottish storytelling. Maybe you’d just like to sip a pint and listen to some classic tall tales. Don’t forget to check out the Centre’s Guid Crack, Edinburgh’s longest-running storytelling club. It meets on the last Friday of the month at the Waverly Bar. A £5 donation is suggested for the session.
- Calton Hill
This is a hill in central Edinburgh, situated beyond the east end of Princes Street and included in the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Views of, and from, the hill are often used in photographs and paintings of the city. You can’t miss the 12 grand Athenian arches at the top. Constructed to memorialize Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo, the arches were supposed to be part of a grand national monument, but it was never completed.
On Calton Hill, you’ll also find the City Observatory and a monument to Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson. The top of the hill offers an unsurpassed panoramic view of Edinburgh and all its top sights.
- Stockbridge Market
Stockbridge Market is the ultimate place to spend a weekend. Here you can purchase truly unique products made entirely by hand. Also, farmers from all the suburbs of Edinburgh come here every Sunday in their vans to sell fresh vegetables, fruits, dairy and meat products.
- Statue Of Greyfriars Bobby
The shaggy bronze pup named Greyfriars Bobby is the stuff Scottish legends are made of; the statue was erected in honor of the famous Skye terrier who apparently refused to leave his owner’s grave for 14 years, until he himself passed away. Numerous books and movies have told the story of the scrappy and loyal pooch. Make sure you rub Bobby’s nose for luck – and head to the adjacent pub named after him for a quick pint.
- Maison De Moggy
If you really love cats, then you should definitely go to the cat café called Maison de Moggy, which offers visitors the chance to take afternoon tea and cake with its 12 resident felines, all different breeds. The space is an open and welcoming spot where you can spend a purr-fect afternoon break.