Take a stroll all the down the Royal Mile from the Castle to Holyrood Palace. This is a walk that is bursting with history yet bustling with cafes, bars, and shops of every shape and form. If you are looking for tartan and kitsch this is where you will find it!
Stop off at the Camera Obscura and ‘spy' on the other visitors to town. Continue down the hill to Mary King's close which is part of a warren of streets from the 16th and 17th centuries which were bricked up during the plague of 1645 and where you might meet a ghost from the past.
At the Holyrood end you can also visit the new Scottish Parliament building and Dynamic Earth which promises the “mother earth of all adventures”. These are both a relatively easy walk from our holiday flat.
Art in all its forms is in abundance at the National Galleries, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Dean Gallery which exhibits both classical and more contemporary works.
Edinburgh's museums, from the magnificent National Museum in Chamber Street which houses a stunning collection that tells the history of Scotland and its people as well as a range of international special exhibitions, to the Museum of Childhood, in the Royal Mile, which has an amazing selection of toys and games from around the world, could fill a vacation on their own.
Whether you are just visiting for the weekend or for a longer stay, no visit to Scotland would be complete if it didn't include whisky in some way or another. If you don't have time to actually visit a distillery, you can always drop in to the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre where you can discover the secrets of ‘the water of life' before sampling some for yourself.
These are all attractions within the city centre – you should also check out more Edinburgh Attractions.