Must-Sees

It’s important to fit in time to do some sightseeing while you’re here – Edinburgh shines during the festive season, and the Edinburgh's Christmas season affords lots of seasonal entertainment.

Running from 17 November - 7 January, Edinburgh's Christmas features European and Scottish markets, rides and ice-skating, plus shows in the Spiegeltent and a number of free events, all in the heart of the city. Find out more at edinburghschristmas.com


Consider walking up the Royal Mile to the Castle, shopping on George Street or perusing the vintage emporia of the Grassmarket. A walk up Calton Hill gives a panoramic view across the city, one of the best places to see Edinburgh’s beautiful skyline dominated by its ancient Castle.

If you want a little history, take one of the many tours on offer – you can find them starting on the Royal Mile, and it’s a great way of getting to know the city.

Whatever your tipple – whisky, wine, or beer – Edinburgh’s pubs are also the perfect cosy spaces to warm up in after enjoying the atmosphere of the city in the lead up to Hogmanay.

Once you’ve booked your tickets for Edinburgh's Hogmanay, and if you have the energy to keep going through the night, think of heading up Arthur’s Seat to watch the first sun rise of the new year – but be careful, and bundle up, it’s a chilly time of year!

VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation also provides inspiring information on how to make the most of your time here whether you are here for one day, a weekend or longer.  For the best tips and hidden gems for Edinburgh & The Lothians, check out the iKnow Community.


For more information about Edinburgh, where to stay, eat and visit, as well as itineraries and other guides for what to do and discover, head to Edinburgh.org, home of This is Edinburgh – the Official Guide to Edinburgh.