Edinburgh – Beyond the Festival

For those visiting the captivating city of Edinburgh this August, you certainly won’t run out of things to do. With the Edinburgh Festival taking over the city over the course of the month, a visitor here could by consumed by this alone. But, that being said, there is so much to do outside of festival related fun!

The city of Edinburgh

Rubbing the statue of Greyfriar’s Bobby for good luck!

Free walking tour of the Royal Mile – I walked by the sign for a free tour on a number of occasions and finally decided to check it out on my last day in the city. I can honestly say it was one of my favourite things that I did while in Edinburgh. The guide was an older woman, probably well into her 70’s and volunteered her time to lead the tours. She was literally a walking encyclopaedia. She knew everything you could ever want to know about the famed Royal Mile. The tour lasted close to three hours. I was exhausted by the end of it, but I have a feeling she could have gone on all day.

The Royal Mile

Mary King’s Close – A tour of Mary King’s close is sure to send shivers down your spine. The Close is literally a city below a city. The tour allows you to explore streets and alleyways from 17th century Edinburgh. The city has been built on top of this area, which dates back to the 1600’s. People lived and died here. It’s apparently one of the most haunted places in all of Scotland. Once you’ve been here you’ll see why! A tour for an adult costs £12.50 and is well worth the money. For anyone with a remote interest in history or the paranormal, this tour is certain to be a hit. More information can be found at www.realmarykingsclose.com

Ghost Walk – You may be noticing a trend here, but I love anything to do with the supernatural.  A ghost tour in Edinburgh is a must!  This is by far one of the creepiest cities I’ve ever visited. There are a number of different tours that leave from the Royal Mile (they tend to meet near Parliament Square). All you have to do is show up with money for your ticket and an open mind. I’ve always been fascinated by old cemeteries and Edinburgh has some of the best. The ghost walk takes you through one of the oldest cemeteries in the city and tells stories of plague, murder and angry ghosts (you get the picture). At one point they even lock you in a crypt. I’m not going to lie, I may have screamed once or twice…

One of the city’s creepy graveyards

Day trip to St. Andrews– An afternoon in St. Andrews is the perfect getaway. Despite the grey and rainy day we happened to pick, we still had a great time exploring this picturesque university town. Some may know it has the place where William and Kate went to uni and fell in love and others may have heard of it because of its famed golf course. We arrived during the midst of a downpour, so stopped for lunch at the golf club (not nearly as expensive as one would expect). Afterwards, the rain cleared and we wandered the streets of this quaint town. With ancient castles next to the ocean, this would be the perfect place to study or play a game of golf.  The town of St. Andrews is about 50 km north-east of Edinburgh and can be easily accessed by train.

The famed St. Andrew’s Golf Course

The town of St. Andrews

These are just a few of the many things you can do during a visit to Edinburgh. With so much going on during the festival, it’s hard to find time to fit everything in.

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2 Comments on “Edinburgh – Beyond the Festival”

  1. Kyle Says:

    Did you have a chance to visit Rosslyn Chapel outside of Edinburgh? It’s sooooooo pretty!

    And I took a picture of the famous dog but didn’t know I was supposed to touch him for good luck! Dang it…missed out on a golden opportunity…

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