Edinburgh

Take an extinct volcano, an Old Town straight from medieval times, and elegant Georgian townhouses.

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Add in Michelin-starred restaurants, vibrant nightlife and a packed calendar of festivals, and you've got a city that genuinely has universal appeal. Edinburgh, you’re spoiling us.

Getting active

Strolling around the city not enough for you?

Climb Arthur’s Seat

Stroll, run, power-walk or huff and puff your way to the top and feel on top of the world – or, at least, Scotland’s capital city. Make sure you get a picture at the top.

Get on your bike

Childhood home of cycle champ Sir Chris Hoy, Edinburgh has a wide network of safe cycle routes. Pedal from the city centre for a picnic on the beach at Portobello. Or chase the Water of Leith, a 12-mile stretch that could easily be in the middle of the countryside. Look out for heron, kingfishers and the pubs of Stockbridge on the way.

Play a round

Roll up and play for around £20 at any of the six municipal golf courses in Edinburgh. Got that swing nailed? East Lothian’s world renowned links courses at Muirfield and Gullane are only around 40 minutes away.

Take to the waves

Learn to sail, go sea-kayaking, canoeing or charter a boat and bob along the Forth from Port Edgar Marina at South Queensferry. Round it off with a pint and an Aberdeen Angus beef burger at the picturesque Hawes Inn. Beneath the famous Forth Bridge, this is supposedly where Robert Louis Stevenson penned chapters of his famous novel Kidnapped.

Run it off

Want to get your miles up? Grab those trainers and head for the hills for some serious running. There are over 60 miles (100km) of trails in the Pentland Hills, some easier than others. If you want a real challenge, Edinburgh’s Seven Hills route starts at Carlton Hill, covering 14 miles and 2,200ft of ascents and descents.

Excursions

You could stay in Edinburgh. Or you could jump on a train or bus and explore.

Glasgow

Scotland's second city is 50 minutes away by train, and even further apart in character and style. Explore the Museum of Transport and the Tall Ship, relax in trendy Byres Road and spend the evening rocking out at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.

East Lothian

This nearby area is home to some of the world’s greatest links golf courses and pretty harbour towns. North Berwick is 35 minutes away by train; stop off for fresh caught seafood at the harbour’s Lobstershack while trying to spot the guillemots, puffins and seals in the Forth.