13 Reasons to Go to the Capital of Scotland

June 14, 2016

ISEP student Destiny S. is a part of ISEP Voices Spring 2016. She is a first-generation college student from Northern Arizona University, and is currently studying abroad at Edinburgh Napier University in the United Kingdom.

1. Old Town and New Town portions of the city

There is a split in Edinburgh of the two parts of the city that make Edinburgh a unique place to visit.

Old Town
Old Town
New Town
New Town

2. Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura is all about illusions and is an attraction that is fun, interactive and worth your money to visit.

Camera Obscura

3. Double decker buses

Try to sit in the front seats of the top section of the double decker buses if you can; it gives a whole new view of the city.

Double Decker
View from the top of the bus in the front

4. Free entry into museums and galleries

The Scottish National Gallery and the National Museum of Scotland are amazing to see, and they are free to visit.

Seen in Scottish National Gallery


Seen in National Museum of Scotland

5. Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat is named after King Arthur and was formed from an extinct volcano. It gives one of the best views of Edinburgh.

Arthur's Seat

6. Harry Potter connections

See my last post for all of the Harry Potter connections in Edinburgh.


Harry Potter
Home to where the Harry Potter series got started

7. Close proximity to other areas of Scotland

Everything is fairly close together in the U.K., and student tours are a perfect way to see other parts of Scotland. Below is a photo taken of me on one of the tours that took us to see Old Man of Storr.


8. Views from the Edinburgh Castle

Another place to see a great view of Edinburgh is from the castle. The views of the castle from Old Town are worth seeing too.

Princes Street
View from Princes Street

9. Quirky and unique festivals

There are festivals all year in Edinburgh: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Beltane Fire Festival and Edinburgh’s Winter Festival are just a few.


10. Beautiful monuments to the Scottish past

There are monuments all around Edinburgh of important people such as writers, politicians and soldiers.




11. The green scenery

All of the rain in Edinburgh tends to make a great abundance of green plants that always look fantastic in photos, no matter the weather or time of the year.


12. Greyfriar’s Bobby

One of the most loyal, legendary dogs is buried in Scotland and has a sculpture to honor his story. For 14 years, the dog watched over his master’s grave in Greyfriar’s Kirkyard.


13. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The garden is free to get into and is better to see on a sunny day in the summer. It is host to the largest collection of wild-origin Chinese plants outside of China in a portion of the garden.


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