Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland
- Things To Do In Edinburgh, Scotland
The capital city of Scotland has enough museums to keep visitors engaged, and a thousand years of fortune and glory tinged with a little bit of a ghoulish history for those that like their history with a bit of an edge. If fine art and history collections don’t appeal to you, you can always make a beeline for museums that are slightly witchy, kitschy and different kinds of interesting!
No visit to Edinburgh can be complete with sampling plenty of whisky! Housed in a former school, the multimedia centre of the Scotch Whisky Experience explains the making of whisky from barley to bottle in a series of exhibits and demonstrations that deftly combine sights, sounds and smells. The collection spans over 3,500 bottles of Scotch! To move on to a slightly off-beat experience, head next to Camera Obscura. A curious attraction that dates to 1853, this destination throws a live image of the city onto a large, white table. The commentary that comes with the exhibit adds a quirky charm to the whole experience. If you thought your visit to Camera Obscura was intriguing, wait till you pay a visit to the Surgeon’s Hall Museums. Located in a grand Ionic building from 1832, this trio of museums offers an interesting look at anatomy, dentistry and surgery in Scotland from the 15th century – when, apparently, barbers were also allowed to perform bloodletting and amputation processes!
For history and art aficionados, Scotland has plenty of delights in store. Start with a visit to the Museum of Edinburgh. Behind the colourful façade of Huntly House, built in 1570, lies the museum that covers the city’s history from ages ago to current day. The exhibits include a copy of the National Covenant of 1638 and a feeding bowl that belonged to Greyfriars Bobby, the city’s most famous dog. Head next to the Scottish National Gallery, which houses the country’s premier collection of art. The Neoclassical building is home to galleries that are dedicated to Scottish art that include portraits by Allan Ramsay and landscapes by William McTaggart. Finish off your art tour of the city with a visit to the City Art Centre. The largest of Edinburgh’s smaller galleries, the CAC is home to a wide collection of Scottish art that ranges from the 17th to the 21st century, as well as many fine paintings and engravings that portray Edinburgh at various stages of its history.
While the best time to visit Edinburgh is August and early September, summer time is ideal if you want to avoid the crowds – the weather’s fine and you’ll find a wide array of flowers dotting the landscape.