Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital is a city like no other, home to ancient streets, gothic buildings, hidden pubs, secret shortcuts and some truly special cycling.

Edinburgh's city skyline at night

Overview

In Scotland’s gloriously charismatic capital, the Medieval Old Town sits side by side with the Georgian New Town, combining a one-of-a-kind history, heritage, culture, place and people, all crowned by the iconic Edinburgh Castle sat atop a dormant volcano.

The city is no stranger to brilliant drama, and despite cobbled streets, legions of bikes will descend on (and ascend up!) Edinburgh for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Champs as the start line of the Men Elite Road Race.

What to do

Edinburgh Castle

No visit is complete without a wander around the mighty and miraculous Edinburgh Castle.

The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One o' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.

In addition to guided tours provided by the castle stewards, there is an audio guide tour available in eight languages. The audio tour takes the visitor on a tour around the castle, explains its architecture, and tells its dramatic history.

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh's skyline is iconic, and so is its castle.

Scotch Whisky Experience

Learn everything there is to know about Scotland’s most iconic export (other than the pedal-driven bicycle, obviously!) by taking a journey through a replica distillery where you’ll see how the magic is made from grain to glass.

You’ll also get to hear from whisky experts who will help you find - and fully appreciate - your perfect dram in The World’s Largest Whisky Collection.

A whisky glass
Experience one of Scotland's most famous drinks at the Scotch Whisky Experience.

National Museum of Scotland

This is one of the UK’s top 10 visitor attractions for a reason. Well, lots of reasons. 

With breathtakingly diverse collections you can adventure through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature, art and design, science and technology, and world cultures – all under one roof.

The National Museum of Scotland inside.
Discover the history of our country and much more at the National Museum of Scotland.

Bring Your Bike

More than 300km miles of bike routes and 100 miles of traffic-free cycle routes make this a great cycling city. Some must-cycle spots include the Old Town, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Arthur’s Seat, a favourite climb for locals. Getting out the city is glorious too, with gorgeous scenery and spectacular shorelines to explore.

Plan your visit

Make memories in Edinburgh, Scotland’s charming capital.

Plan your perfect trip at VisitScotland and Forever Edinburgh.

Fun facts!

11-time UCI World Champ, 6-time Olympian and Edinburgh’s favourite son, Sir Chris Hoy, was born in Murrayfield in 1976.

Edinburgh is the UK’s greenest city, with more trees per person than any other. 

Edinburgh has been Scotland’s capital since 1437. Before that it was a small town called Scone.

The famous Royal Mile is actually 1 mile and 107 yards long - cycle it and see for yourself!