National Museum of Scotland, Old Town
After a £47m makeover, the city’s favourite museum re-opened this summer. It houses an array of large galleries exhibiting wonderful objects from Scottish history to other world cultures and natural history. Children will love the interactive galleries, especially Connect Gallery where they can get behind the wheel of a racing car simulator.
Arthurs Seat, Old Town
For a panoramic view of the city, a hike up Arthur’s Seat is a must. Rising from the grounds of Holyrood Palace, the unusual position of this long dormant volcano in the centre of the city makes it an odd, but much loved landmark. Arthurs Seat can be seen from almost everywhere in Edinburgh and no matter what the weather, you can always make out the vague outline of people at the top.
Edinburgh Castle, Old Town
Edinburgh castle is dramatically perched on top of jagged volcanic rock. Although seemingly inaccessible from below, the actual entrance is a large and welcoming esplanade at the top of the Royal Mile. You can visit one of the military musuems or visit the Scottish crown jewels within the Royal Palace. Throughout August, the Castle esplanade is transformed into an arena for the impressive Military Tatto.