Venture off the beaten track with these 10 ideas for Edinburgh


You may already know about the views from King Arthur’s seat, the Royal Britannia yacht and Edinburgh Castle, but there are lots of hidden gems in the capital. Venture off the beaten track with these 10 ideas for Edinburgh.

Real Mary King’s Close

Even within busy city life some things can pass you by. Hidden beneath the streets are a series of abandoned streets, frozen in time since the 17th century. The darkest secrets of Edinburgh’s past are played out by actors, but the setting is completely real.

Gilmerton Cove

Another underground world comes in the form of Gilmerton Cove. Little is known for certain of its origins, which may extend to witchcraft or other religious ceremonies.

Greyfriars Kirk

Although actively used as a Church of Scotland, the Greyfriars Kirk have many art events on for all to enjoy. There’s regular church music as well as jazz and classical recitals. That’s not all though, for it’s believed to be haunted by the ghost of Sir George Mackenzie.

Craigmillar Castle

There’s more than one castle in Edinburgh, it’s not just about the one in the heart of the city. Development of Craigmillar Castle for example started during the 14th century, known for its association with Mary Queen of Scots is another popular attraction.

Incholm Island

Take a boat ride over to Incholm Island, there’s an abbey and lots of peaceful scenery. Not only that, you may get to see otters in the water during your time out of sea.

Crammond Island

Another island in the Firth of Forth, this time you can walk over – providing the tide is out, so make sure you don’t get stranded!

Jupiter Artland

When Robert and Nicky Wilson purchased their 100-acre estate at Bonington House, they set about developing more than just another garden. The Jupiter Artland combines sculptures and other artwork which are on display throughout its grounds.

Lauriston Castle

With work carried out on Lauriston Castle during the 19th century, the 16th century tower house remains intact. The extensive gardens are well worth a visit too, although centre around much more modern designs than the castle itself.

Dr Neil’s Garden

Named after Dr Andrew Neil and Dr Nancy Neil, everything has a place for a reason in this safe haven at the bottom of Arthur’s Seat. Often referred to as Edinburgh’s secret garden, relax in the almost spiritual characteristics of Dr Neil’s Garden.

Edinburgh Loops and Links

If you’re on a hiking holiday or bike ride, looking for a walk away from city life or to seek out wildlife, there are lots of trails in and around the city. Search online for maps of Edinburgh’s Loops and Links.

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