Look over the city in King Arthur’s seat
Edinburgh is the perfect city to get lost in. The Scottish capital is willed with cobbled alleyways, historical architecture spanning centuries and beautiful parks overlooking the city. There’s other types of entertainment you can expect from a bustling city, like the Edinburgh Zoo. The capital’s Edinburgh Castle is a tourist favourite, where you can witness the One O'Clock Gun being fired to signal the hour. From there, you can take a stroll down the Royal Mile to the eclectic Old Town to experience the heart of Edinburgh. If you are into science, why not visit Dynamic Earth in Holyrood for an interactive lesson about the Big Bang. You can hike in the nearby Holyrood Park to escape hustle and bustle and see the city from Arthur's Seat - a place where King Arthur once admired the beauty of his kingdom according to legend.
Explore the nearby Scottish wilderness
By renting a car, you can also plan day trips to visit the surrounding Scottish wilderness and highlands. A great place close to Edinburgh is the uninhabited Cramon Island, accessed by a path only exposed during low tide. It’s on the way to Queensferry Bridge – a beautiful crossing that is also the way to beautiful Lomond Hills Regional Park. You can venture further north to the Cairngorms national Park in the Scottish Highlands and conquer the peak of Ben Macdui to witness the unforgettable landscape.
See the world’s only rotating boat lift
If you want to witness history, you can travel on the M9 towards Stirling where you can visit the towering middle age Stirling Castle – once the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots. When returning towards Edinburgh, you could stop off at Falkirk to see the Kelpies. It’s the biggest equestrian monument in the world, dedicated to all the hard-working horses throughout ages. You can also see The Falkirk Wheel, a one-of-a-kind rotating boat lift connecting the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Union Canal.