Things to Do in Edinburgh This Summer
Summer is a perfect time to visit Edinburgh, both to explore the city and to discover the rest of Scotland. From ancient Roman ruins to picturesque villages to whisky distilleries, you can find it all in and around Edinburgh. Here are a few ideas.
Go for aboat ride on Loch Nessand use a sonar system to listen for Nessie, aka the Loch Ness Monster.
Enjoy the natural beauty ofCairngorms National Park.
Ride theWest Highland Railway Linein the Scottish Highlands, better known to “Harry Potter” fans as the Hogwarts Express.
VisitEilean Donan Castle, one of the most romantic castles in the region.
Tour the iconicEdinburgh Castle, which towers over the city and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Edinburgh Old Town.
Follow one of four routes around the city on ahop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.
Walk the Old Course atSt. Andrew’sand visit Scotland’s oldest university.
Take awalking tourof medieval Edinburgh and the Royal Mile.
*Visit Roman ruinssuch as Hadrian’s Wall and Birdoswald Fort.
- Learn about Scotland’s whisky-making history—and taste a few wee drams—on awhisky tour.