Visitor Attractions

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is the top paid tourist attraction in Scotland, with over 1.6 million visitors in 2016. Situated at the heart of the Scottish capital, the castle is perched on top of the craggy remains of an extinct volcano. It is reckoned to have been an important fortification since the Iron Age or earlier.

St Giles' Cathedral

St Giles' is the huge, imposing cathedral that is situated on the Royal Mile, beside Parliament Square. The cathedral has always played an important role in the religious and political development of the nation and retains a central role in state occasions, public celebrations (Christmas carol services. It is open daily, with free guided tours and concerts during the Festival Fringe in August).