Firstly when to come:
I have already mentioned the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which takes over the city in August.The city is buzzing and there is so much to see and do, but prices also rocket and everywhere is so busy it gets tiring. Round Christmas time we have a big wheel next to the main street and Christmas markets selling mulled wine, its a lovely time to visit but be prepared for the cold.
Just after Christmas we have the best New Years Eve celebration, Hogmanay! We have a massive street party and awesome fireworks over the castle.
If you aren't coming for a special event then personally I think May time is lovely, the cherry blossoms are out and the sun shines.
What to do when you get here:
Edinburgh is really hilly, so it is easy to get a good vantage point to view the whole city. The best place for that is our own extinct volcano, Arthurs Seat.
It only takes about 45 minutes to get to the top and the view from is really stunning. Walking up it you feel like you are in the countryside not in the middle of a capital city.
If you aren't feeling so energetic at the end of Princes Street is Carlton Hill, it is much smaller and you can get up it in under 15 minutes.
It has various buildings and structures which are fun to explore although I have to admit I don't know the story behind most of them. Apart from the tall tower which has a white ball that rises through the day and falls at 1pm, back in the day ships sailing in the Forth would be able to tell the time from where the ball was. Also at 1pm everyday they fire a canon from the castle, it's always fun watching the tourists jumping out their skin! The views from Carlton Hill are pretty awesome as well.
If the weather is too miserable to climb any of our hills I would really recommend checking out the National Museum of Scotland, it is free to get into and has just been refurbished, there are exhibits on Natural History, Scottish History, Science and biology, we have had some lovely afternoons with friends playing in the science section. It also has an awesome terrace with a great view around the old town, worth checking out if you can find it.
Oh how I love to talk about Edinburgh, I have gone on long enough for today but next time I will tell you about the best places to eat and drink.
Anyone else have some cool tips for what to see and do in Edinburgh?