You could spend much more than a few days getting to know the historically iconic city of Edinburgh. The cobbled streets are enriched with tales of conflict and triumph, ancient architecture and contemporary ambience make up the perfect blend for an unforgettable weekend break.
However, if you're short on time, then we've handpicked the 'not-to-miss' experiences for your itinerary.
There aren't many city breaks with the option to hike an extinct volcano, but Edinburgh's Arthur's Seat treasure is only a short walk from the Royal Mile.
The peak of the extinct volcano is not the most strenuous and takes just over 30 minutes to reach the top. The panoramic view of Edinburgh is breath-taking, and a great place to start your break and find your bearings.
Speaking of volcanos, Edinburgh boasts not one, but two extinct volcanos. The other one in question carries the famous Edinburgh Castle. Difficult to miss, the Castle perches over the city of Edinburgh and is immaculately preserved. Considering its survival under several attacks dating back almost a millennium, the condition of the Castle is unbelievable. Although you may think Edinburgh Castle is too touristy, if you only plan a short trip to Edinburgh, we recommend you make the time to visit.
St Giles' Cathedral
With free access to the Cathedral, we had to include this beautiful must-see building to your itinerary. The stained-glass detail within St Giles' Cathedral envelopes you as you admire the architecture of the church. In terms of religious points of interest in Edinburgh, St Giles' Cathedral is top of the list for your visit.
The Old Town and Royal Mile
Take a wander up the Royal Mile, with traditional shops and one-off boutiques scattered amongst the old buildings. Take in the atmosphere with street performances and interactive shows all year round. The Royal Mile is where Edinburgh's jesters can be found to lighten up your day. Keep walking down the famous street and take in the Scottish Parliament building which has attracted many mixed opinions since it arrived in 1999.
Have a Wee Dram
There are plenty of ways to sample whisky in the capital. Whether it's a structured pub crawl tour or whisky tasting experience, or a simple stumble in-and-out of Edinburgh's much-loved whisky bars. Whatever your style, don't leave Edinburgh without sampling at least one of our famous whiskies.