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EDINBURGH DESTINATION GUIDE

The best things to do in Edinburgh

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Travel Inspiration for Your Edinburgh Vacation

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Welcome to Edinburgh! As your Celtic Experts, we’re here to introduce you to the vibrant local restaurants, top sights and best places to stay on your vacation to Scotland. From perfectly-planned guided tours to custom travel packages, we can’t wait to share the traditional experiences of our homelands with you.

Explore the best places to eat, see and stay in Edinburgh

  • Johnnie Walker Experience
  • Local Food Tours
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Royal Mile
  • Holyrood Palace

Top places to eat and drink in Edinburgh

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From hidden gems to iconic sights, these are the best places to start your very own Celtic story in Scotland. No matter where you decide to go, you’ll get authentic experiences hand-picked just for you.

Edinburgh Food Tour

Edinburgh Food Tour

One of the most exciting things about travel is finding new places to taste the local cuisine. With Brendan, you don’t need to worry about picking the top spots, we’ve done the work for you and we’ll take you right to them on this walking tour of Edinburgh. Your Local Specialist will be your “Foodie Historian” and show you the hidden gems and regional favorites this city has to offer.

Johnnie Walker Whisky

Johnnie Walker Experience

The newly renovated Johnnie Walker Experience on Princes Street takes guests on a multi-sensory tour through their 200-year-old history, appropriately dubbed, “A Journey Through the Flavors of Scotland”. Here you can learn all about their most popular labels, while also getting the chance to sample some of the special edition Scotch Whisky. From rooftop bars with panoramic views and bartenders that double as Performance Artists, your day will be filled with tastings and entertainment.

What sights to see in Edinburgh

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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

A celebration like no other; the Edinburgh Military Tattoo Festival will shock your senses and send a jolt through your soul with its lively bagpipes, drums, fireworks, and kilted performers. On your trip to Scotland you can watch from the bandstands of the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, thousands of locals will entertain you with the music and marches used to honor soldiers long ago. As you sit back and enjoy the show you won’t just witness the heritage here, you’ll feel it in your heart.

Royal Mile Walking Tour

The Royal Mile Tour

It’s time to put on the ritz for a stroll down the Royal Mile thoroughfare as you cut through the heart of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage Old Town in the historic core of Scotland’s capital city. Wear comfortable shoes as these cobblestone pathways will truly have you walking back in time.

Holyrood Palace

Holyrood Palace

Feel regal as you walk past the courtyard of the Holyrood Palace and upon the grounds of Scottish Royalty and heritage. This immaculate structure is so astounding, that her Majesty the Queen has selected it as her official residence in Scotland when she needs a vacation from her Buckingham Estate. Situated at the bottom of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, you’ll visit the Throne Room, admire the Palace Treasures, and gaze at the Great Gallery.

Best places to stay in Edinburgh

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Dalhousie Castle

Dalhousie Castle

A fortress fit for a king or queen with blissful spa facilities, award-winning fine dining and beautifully appointed bedrooms. Standing within its own 11-acre parkland estate, this 13th century castle is a truly enchanting place to visit whatever the season.

Market Street Hotel

Market Street Hotel

Old Town character meets contemporary design at this Edinburgh urban escape and Scotland's first member of Design Hotels. Perfectly suited for today's intrepid traveler and primely placed in the heart of the Scottish capital.

The Scotsman Hotel

The Scotsman Hotel

Named fo the ground-breaking national newspaper who took up residence in these beautiful Baroque buildings, The Scotsman of today is a luxury hotel which retains many original features, including luxurious floor to ceiling wood panelled rooms, grandiose marble staircase and stained glass windows.

Top trips that visit Edinburgh

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Brendan Vacations does not sell guided trips to Canadian residents but you can book guided trips through our sister company Trafalgar.com.

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Meet Catherine Reilly

As the head of our Brendan team, Catherine has been making friends with the Celtic community for over 35 years so she's learned a thing or two about where to go and what to do in Ireland and Scotland. Check out her own personally hand-crafted collection of all the can't-miss experiences you can have too.

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