Must Visit Landmarks In Edinburgh

From the fascinating mix of history, heritage and Scottish traditions – there are many reasons to visit the […]

From the fascinating mix of history, heritage and Scottish traditions – there are many reasons to visit the Scottish Capital. ‘Auld Reekie’ is a cultural paradise with the backdrop of spectacular countryside.

If your visit is short, the city centre is very compact making it perfect for exploring. Here are our recommendations of must see landmarks and locations in Edinburgh…


The area of Leith itself is considered a vibrant and up-and-coming part of Edinburgh. Located in the heart of the city centre, the Water of Leith Walkway is a popular cycling and walking route among local residents. The tree-lined walkway will make you feel as if you have left the city all together as well as taking you through some of the most idyllic parts of Edinburgh – Stockbridge and Dean Village.


Here you will experience the true hustle and bustle of Scotland’s capital city – Princes Street extends for almost a mile and is lined with beautiful gardens (home to the world’s oldest floral clock) and elegant shops. Make sure to look out for Landmarks such as the tall Sir Walter Scott Monument and the David Livingstone Memorial.


Originating as the site of the wind-swept Borough-Loch in the 16th century, the Meadows is now a large expanse of greenspace in the south of Edinburgh. Adjoining the main area of Edinburgh University, it makes a popular picnic spot for students. In 1886, the International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art was held in the meadows – giving the site word-wide recognition.


This park is a renowned part of Edinburgh Sightseeing tours featuring many must see landmarks. From the formidable Arthurs Seat (a dormant volcano) to Holyrood Abbey (a ruined abbey from 1128) and Holyrood Palace (the Queen’s Edinburgh stopping point) there is plenty to explore.


Proudly positioned above Edinburgh’s vibrant gardens, Edinburgh Castles iconic presence is captivating for locals and visitors alike. The castle can be spotted from the Grass market or simply outside Waverly Train Station. The views from the castle itself looking out upon the city centre are also spectacular.


For a breath-taking view of Edinburgh and all its beauty – this central location is perfect. Once at the top, the panoramic views from Calton Hill will be astonishing. It is home to numerous monuments along with boasting views of Edinburgh’s major landmarks. Arthur’s Seat, the Parliament and Royal Mile can be seen as a bird’s eye view of the city.


Before You Arrive is a collection of carefully curated Scottish experiences which showcase authentic Scotland.

Offering a very personalised service, our valued clients can choose one of the experiences or tours we display on the website, or choose to tailor the package to suit their particular wants, needs, timescales or interests.