100 Destinations – Edinburgh

Edinburgh from on high

An extinct volcano, old cobbled streets, slick cocktail bars, the birthplace of Harry Potter – there’s something about Edinburgh that appeals to everyone. But in a city of world-class culinary experiences, bars and attractions what should you be doing? Here are 5 ideas from Craig Cockburn who blogs at Edinburgh Editor

National Museum of Scotland

The NMS (as it’s known) was born of The Great Exhibition, just like London’s V&A, Natural History and Science Museums, and today holds a wealth of treasures from around the world. Charting global, Scottish and natural history it’s well worth a visit. You can also say hello to Dolly the Sheep, the first cloned mammal!

Calton Hill

Without a doubt one of the best walks in the city – if you have ever seen the picture postcard view out over the New and Old Towns looking towards Edinburgh Castle it was likely taken on Calton Hill. Great for panoramic views of the city and not an overly taxing stroll.

Calton Hill. Image by David Cockburn
Calton Hill. Image by David Cockburn

Grab a Coffee

Edinburgh has a thriving coffee culture, at the centre of which are several high quality contemporary coffee bars. Our favourites are Brew Lab and Fortitude (in the Old and New Towns, respectively) they have some of the best coffee you can buy (and delicious cake too, because obviously that’s equally important).

Water of Leith walk

Take a stroll down the water of Leith. It cuts right across the city, but I’d suggest starting at Canonmills and work your way up river past the picturesque Stockbridge and the Dean Village to the brilliant Modern Art Galleries.

Grab a cocktail

If daytime is for coffee then night is most certainly for cocktails. There are a plethora of award-winning cocktail bars across Edinburgh well worth accidentally losing a few hours; try cocktails with local craft gins in the speakeasy-style Bramble Bar, Lucky Liquor or The Devil’s Advocate.


Craig is an Edinburgh native who loves eating out, drinking coffee and going on adventures around the city to discover more about its hidden past and what it can offer those who like to eat and drink today. Usually found with a camera in one hand and coffee in the other. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.

Sally is the founder of Trips100, along with several other blogging communities. She's a keen traveller and loves exploring the world with her 9 year old daughter and sidekick, Flea.

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  1. Calton Hill is a mount in vital Edinburgh, Scotland, located outside the east end of Princes Street and comprised in the city’s UNESCO World Culture Site. An amazing place for visitors…

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