1. Take in scenery without strain
Not everyone will be able to make the walk up Arthur’s Seat. Duddingston Loch – the city’s last remaining natural loch – is a scenic alternative. Or, Inverleith Park in Stockbridge provides one of the best views in the city without the climb.
2. Find tranquillity in Dean Village
A real hidden gem, this idyllic village on the Water of Leith feels a million miles away – but is just a walk away from the bustle of the city. Highlights among the many stunning buildings include Well Court and St. Bernard’s Well.
3. Explore the trendy waterfront
The Shore is a dockside stretch of bars and restaurants in Leith, and was recently crowned one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods in Europe. Visitors can watch the world go by with a coffee, or perch at the water’s edge like a local on sunnier days.
Leith is also home to multi award-winning attraction the Royal Yacht Britannia and shopping complex Ocean Terminal.
4. Hang out in Leith
From Michelin-star dining to casual cocktail bars and arts events in revived venues like the Biscuit Factory – there’s something for everyone in Leith. Leith Walk takes you from Leith to the city centre, and boasts several antique and vintage shops.
5. Enjoy ancient fun and games in Scotland's oldest pub
Visitors can play a game of skittles in Scotland’s oldest pub, The Sheep Heid Inn. Or for something more high octane, they can try their hand at axe-throwing at Summerhall with Black Axe Throwing Co.
6. Go castle-spotting
Yes, the first one, Edinburgh Castle, is obvious. But there are two more castles worth visiting in Edinburgh. Just three miles from the centre is Craigmillar Caslte. A little further in the opposite direction is Lauriston Castle, set in free-to-roam grounds with memorable sea views.
7. Venture off the beaten path
There are plenty of unusual areas to explore around Edinburgh. Visitors can walk out to Cramond Island if the tide favours them on the day. Or they can venture to Gilmerton Cove – a series of chambers and passageways hidden beneath the streets of an Edinburgh neighbourhood. It’s an archaeological mystery that has baffled investigators for over 300 years.