Eco-friendly Attractions in Edinburgh

Many of Edinburgh’s top attractions are going the extra mile to ensure they offer visitors a more sustainable visit.

Holyrood View From Calton Hill

The following are all holders of a Green Tourism Gold award, the highest level award. This accolade demonstrates their commitment to be an environmentally responsible visitor attraction, championing sustainable practises and promoting green tourism.



Museums & Galleries

Scottish Portrait Gallery Creative

Home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world, encompassing traditional, modern and contemporary masterpieces, all of the National Galleries of Scotland (Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Scottish National Portrait Gallery) have been granted a gold award. This also includes their mouth-watering cafes.

National Museum Of Scotland Trex

Discover a world of discovery, all under one roof at The National Museum of Scotland. Spanning everything from dinosaurs to spacecraft, you can easily spend a day here. 

Just 40 mins from Edinburgh and located within a historic airfield, The National Museum of Flight explores the history and drama of flight as never before. Learn how the site was used by the Royal Air Force during WWII, climb aboard The Concorde Experience and discover how today’s engineers are working to make air travel eco-friendlier.

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Dynamic Earth Exterior Summer Time View Over To Crags

From the Big Bang to modern day, learn all about our astonishing planet at Dynamic Earth. Plunge into the ocean depths to explore the wonders of the deep, or see stars explode as you fly through the universe on a spaceship – however you spend your day here, it’ll be out of this world!

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Historic Properties

Edinburgh Castle From Rooftop

At the heart of Scotland’s life for over 1000 years, Edinburgh Castle has witnessed many notable events – from royal ceremonies, medieval parliaments and lavish feasts to ruthless politics, raids and mighty military action. Visit today and see some unique items relating to Scotland’s history, including the Stone of Destiny, Scotland’s ancient kingmaking stone, and the Honours of Scotland, Britain’s oldest crown jewels.

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Craigmillar Castle Edinburgh

Dating to the 14th century, Craigmillar Castle – or Edinburgh’s ‘other castle’ – is steeped in history. Delve into the castle’s nooks and crannies and discover a family residence with great hall, prison and ancient garden.

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Rosslyn Chapel

Founded in 1446, Rosslyn Chapel came to prominence after it featured in Dan Brown’s 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code, and subsequent film in 2006. Take it a tour of this magnificent chapel and discover ornate stonework, mysterious symbolism and stunning stained glass.

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HM Queen Elizabeth II's former floating palace for over 40 years, step onboard The Royal Yacht Britannia and discover stories of life at sea for both the Royal Family and the 220 Royal Yachtsmen who served on board.

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Gladstones Land

Situated on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, Gladstone's Land has seen all the comings of goings of Edinburgh life for over 500 years. Home to a variety of tradesmen over the years, from shoemakers, and bakers to drapers and dairymen, visit today and learn more about lives of those that lived and worked here.

Georgian House 600

A visit to The Georgian House in Edinburgh’s classical New Town is like taking a step back in time. Upstairs discover an elegant drawing room & dining room, ideal for 18th century entertaining, whilst below stairs explore the gruelling life of the house’s servants.

Get a sense of monastic life as you wander round the remarkably complete cloister of Incholm Abbey. Reached by boat from Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, today it is a place of peace and tranquillity, although the island has also endured a history of conflict.

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Whisky Attractions

Scotch Whisky Experience Silver Tour

The Scotch Whisky Experience have been inspiring visitors to Edinburgh about the joys of Scotch whisky for over 30 years. With a range of tours on offer, as well as expert tasting events, an extensive shop and exquisite restaurant, come and explore the delights of whisky for yourself.

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Outdoor Attractions

The Crags

At its highest point sits the remains of a volcano, and stone and flint tools found here reveal human activity as far back as 5000 BC - Holyrood Park has shaped Edinburgh for centuries. Climb Arthur’s Seat for one of the best views of the city, visit the medieval St Anthony’s Chapel, or take a ranger-led walk round this impressive park.

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The Botanic Gardens

Relax in nature at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. A world-renowned scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, these gardens are a true pleasure at any time of year.

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Gentoopenguin Edinburgh Zoo

Whether you love the penguins or the pandas, the meerkats or the monkeys, a day trip to RZSS Edinburgh Zoo is a fun and educational experience for all the family. Home to over 2,500 amazing and endangered animals, learn more about these fascinating creatures on a fun-packed day out.

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Hungry after all that exploring and discovering? Then why not treat yourself to something delicious in one of Edinburgh’s Eco-friendly restaurants and bars > 


If you’re planning a break in Edinburgh there are plenty of small things you can do to have make your time away more eco-friendly, whilst still enjoying a fun-packed holiday.  Check out 10 Ways to Have an Eco-friendly Holiday in Edinburgh>