Edinburgh's Top 10
Collected by Barry Steven Shelby , AFAR Local Expert
Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, UK
History buffs shouldn’t miss this sprawling museum housed in adjacent modern sandstone and classic Victorian buildings—the latter of which features a magnificent atrium with soaring pillars and high windows. The diverse collections...
The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, UK
Scotland’s art collection is spread across three sites: the National Gallery, home to classics by Velázquez and Botticelli; the National Portrait Gallery, including Ken Currie’s haunting Three Oncologists; and the National...
35 Largo Rd, St Andrews KY16 8NJ, UK
The town of St. Andrews was historically the ecclesiastical and educational capital of Scotland. Oh, you heard something about a golf course, too? Yes, links golf has been played here since the 1600s and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club is traced...
5A Chapel St, Valleyfield, Dunfermline KY12 8SJ, UK
A residence for Scotland's earliest monarchs back in the 11th century, Dunfermline also has ecclesiastical roots, though today the medieval nave exists beside a 19th-century Gothic Revival church. The old abbey had ample accommodations, so those...
Castle Esplanade, Stirling FK8 1EJ, UK
Scotland's Stuart monarchs spent more time here than in Edinburgh, and many scenes of high drama and intrigue played out at Stirling Castle. This is an A++ destination because so much of the sprawling site, from gardens to Great Hall to James V's...
Royal Mile, Edinburgh, UK
Linking Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse two kilometers to the east, the Royal Mile runs through the heart of the city's medieval Old Town. Off either side of the street—which goes by different names as it descends—ancient alleys...
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK
Perched on a great rock above Edinburgh’s New Town, this impressive castle dominates the city. Iron Age warriors understood the site’s military potential and built a fort here in the late first century C.E. It changed hands several...
Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UK
The Palace of Holyroodhouse remains the official residence of Queen Elizabeth when she visits Scotland, and guided tours here include her public reception rooms in the main part of the pile. History buffs, however, will want to see the palace’s...
2 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3NY, UK
While Glasgow tends to live in the shadow of Edinburgh's international renown, this vibrant city should be on the itinerary of any tourist to Scotland. To name just a few of the draws to Scotland's largest city: lively pedestrian districts with...
Culross Palace, Culross, Dunfermline KY12 8JH, UK
Culross is Scotland’s most complete example of a 17th-century burgh, featuring white-harled houses, cobbled streets, a hilltop abbey, and an ocher-colored palace. Visitors can wander along the charming streets, once filled with the hustle and...