In & Around Edinburgh Guide : January 2023

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Edinburgh IN AND AROUND City Guide Jan 2023 History and storytelling Virtual experiences Edinburgh
Interactive Map Hotspots The inspiration for Harry Potter We have declared! | City Centre | New Town | Old Town | Leith | Maps | Royal Mile | West End | Rose Street | | Edinburgh Zoo | Botanic Gardens | South Queensferry | City Tours | Shopping | Dining | Your complete guide to Edinburgh
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Meet the Puffins Discover Mull, Iona and Staffa The Three Isles Tour Plan your next adventure! Experience the spectacular scenery on the Isle of Mull, the tranquility of Iona and the wonderful wildlife on Staffa, all on a day tour from Oban. Tours run daily from March until October and include all ferry travel and a boat trip with Staffa Tours. Visit or call us on 01631 566 809.
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0131 225 5445

Mercat tours will give you a true sense of Scotland’s past that no guidebook can give – whether haunted or historic. To make sure you can explore every nook and cranny of Edinburgh without missing any of the best sites or stories Mercat have a range of day or evening ghost & history tours covering the Old & New towns, above ground or exclusively, underground! Engaging, enthralling, and most of all, entertaining!


0131 226 6066

Timberbush Tours will take you out of the city and into the parts of Scotland that you have read and dreamed about! With small group departures you can enjoy a friendly guided tour that brings you right into the heart of Scottish life, sights and loves such as whisky tours and breath taking scenery.


Waterloo Place

0131 226 3133

Award winning small group tour company offering guaranteed departures – you book, you go! Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers give you more time to experience the real, authentic Scotland with more time off the bus and with the locals. Book online or walk-in with tours covering one, two or three days.


St. Andrew’s Square

0131 220 0770

Experience the best of the city’s sightseeing with Edinburgh Bus Tours. Easy hop-on, hop-off open top bus tours covering a variety of themes. All tours are from St Andrew’s Square.


St. Andrew’s Square.01506 534977

A fresh and vibrant new choice to the Open Top Bus Tour menu in Edinburgh. Enjoy the essentail historic and cultural sights and sounds of Edinburgh in the company of your tour guide. Hop On and Off as often as you wish and enjoy free transport to Edinburgh Zoo when you show your BB ticket on First Bus Services X24, X25 & X38 from Princes Street. First tour departs St Andrew’s Square at 9am with last at 16.00.


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Little’s is a UK award-winning family business headquartered in Glasgow and for over 50 years we have been looking after visitors to Edinburgh and Glasgow in style and comfort. Making sure that you arrive safely at your destination, relaxed and on time is our priority and is the reason we are the first company of choice for travelling professionals, family groups and discerning travellers. Our expert team will ensure that everything is taken care of, whether you are looking for an airport transfer, a city tour or an extended sightseeing tour of Scotland. With access to some of the best properties and restaurants in and around Scotland we can advise and inspire you on where the best places to suit your plans will be.


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Epic budget back packer 1 to 10 day tours of Scotland from Edinburgh. Legendary tales of epic road trips where life long friendships are formed and wild antics form part of the journey! Blazing a trail across Scotland’s raw and rugged landscape, expect to experience much more than the traditional!

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Call 0131 226 3709 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND Beside Edinburgh Castle!

With five floors and over 100 interactive, hands-on exhibits, we have something fun to entertain all ages. Tour Edinburgh’s streets without moving. Test your brain against mind-bending illusions. Take spectacular city scape photographs from our Rooftop Terrace. It’s all part of the Camera Obscura & World of Illusions experience. Situated just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh Castle, at the top of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, come and discover the first ever purpose built visitor attraction in Edinburgh and see history and modern marvels together under one roof

Nothing is what it seems!

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The City that inspired Harry Potter

ANYONE who spends just a few hour in Edinburgh will easily see how this stunning city of winding alleys turreted buildings inspired resident author JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books.

The Elephant House cafe has established itself as one of the best tea and coffee houses in Edinburgh but has become famous as the place where J.K. Rowling sat writing her early novels in the back room overlooking Edinburgh Castle.

Sir Ian Rankin, author of the bestselling Rebus novels, and Alexander McCall-Smith, author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and other series of novels, have also been regulars at The Elephant House. NOTE: due to a fire in the building, the Elephant House is closed until further notice.

Not far away from there s the famous Greyfriars Kirkyard and many of the names found in the Potter books can be found on the gravestones there including Riddell and McGonagall.

Also closeby is the imposing towered and turreted George Heriot's School believed to have provided the inspiration got Hogwarts iteslf.

Just a short distance from Greyfriars you find yourself in the Grassmarket and near the connecting Victoria Street which feels very much like walking through Diagon Alley while the Grassmarket hints of Hogsmeade, with its many pubs and quirky shops.

Nicolson’s Cafe, owned by Jo’s brother-in-law, was where Jo took refuge when Philosopher’s Stone was being written.

Potterow Port is a street where the inpsiration is obvious to Potter fans.

The Dog House has no claimed link with the creation of Potter but it has another reason to visit, Butterbeer, a refreshment full of buttery goodness and a must sample taste.

With her groing fame JK Rowling could no longer find peace and quiet in city cafés and it was in room 552 in the Balmoral Hotel that she completed Deathly Hallows

And if you are a fan of Quiddich take the time to view the construction of the stands at the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle for the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and it will be very easy to see where the idea for the Quiddish arena may have come from.

And then there is the Hogwarts Express ...jointhefamousJacobitesteam trainonthewaytoHogwartsonwhat isdescribedasthegreatestrailway journeyintheworld
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The Scottish National, Gallery of Modern Art
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St Andrew Square

Lothian Road Grassmarket

Lawnmarket, Edinburgh Castle

Chambers Street (National Museum)

Chalmers Street Johnston Terrace Museum of Edinburgh, Canongate Scottish Parliament, Canongate

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Regent Road

John Knox House, Royal Mile Holyrood Palace St Andrew Square (This is the terminus and where the tour ends)

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Edinburgh Festivals

In any normal year the capital of Scotland becomes the world’s cultural melting pot, with citizens of the city and the country joined by artists and audiences from every corner of the globe in celebration of culture and creativity. Some people wonder whether these Festivals could just as easily take place in any city, not realising that the Festivals are authentically rooted in Edinburgh and have become part of the intangible heritage of Scotland. As the great historian Sir Tom Devine says: ‘The Edinburgh Festivals are indeed a jewel in the Scottish crown which bring a matchless world-wide profile to our country.’ 27 July to 27 August 2023

Edinburgh Art Festival

Edinburgh Art Festival is the platform for the visual arts at the heart of Edinburgh’s August festivals, bringing together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces in a city-wide celebration of the very best in visual art. Each year, the festival features leading international and UK artists alongside the best emerging talent, major survey exhibitions of historic figures, and a special programme of newly commissioned artworks that respond to public and historic sites in the city. The vast majority of the festival is free to attend.

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Edinburgh International Festival

4 August to 27 August 2023

The Edinburgh International Festival brings Edinburgh’s theatre venues to life with the very best music, theatre, opera and dance from around the globe.

The success of the 2021 International Festival can be measured in the joy of audiences attending live performance once again, artists returning to the stage and giving exceptional performances in unfamiliar settings, the seamless experience of outdoor venues, beloved theatres opening their doors once more and the engagement of communities right across the city from Moredun to South Gyle. We even enjoyed good weather that added to the collective delight and good humour that seemed to pervade every performance.

The Festival commissioned new work by companies from Brazil, South Africa and Lebanon, presented world premieres from Enda Walsh, Anna Clyne and Ayanna Witter-Johnson

and worked with Scottish companies including the National Theatre of Scotland, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Curious Seed and the Dundee Rep

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The next Festival - 6th to 28th August 2022 - will be the Festival's 75th anniversary, and promises to be a very special year.

4 August to 28 August 2023

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single greatest celebration of arts and culture on the planet.

For three weeks in August, the city of Edinburgh welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe.

Experience Scotland’s capital come alive with vibrant colours, shows and events to suit everyone. See performances from the most famous people in the industry and discover new artists breaking through in their careers.

Totally open-access, the Fringe is proud to include in their programme anyone with a story to tell and a venue willing to host them.

This festival doesn’t just attract performers and visitors from all around the world, it’s also a hotspot for creative producers and the media scouting for the next big talent.

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh’s imposing castle, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the most iconic events in Edinburgh's calendar.

Bringing together audiences from across the globe, the Edinburgh Tattoo celebrates the skills and talents of military bands and display teams from throughout the world.

There are few such moving festival moments, a fact to which any of the over 220,000 people who experience it live in any noral year can attest – not to mention the further 100 million who watch television broadcasts of the event!

Audiences get into the spirit and stamp and cheer to the sounds of the military pipes and drums, clap to the Highland Dancers and watch in awe at some of the daredevil feats of accomplished motorcyclists or intricate marching formations.

The sounds of the bands will be heard throughout the city, followed by the cheers of the audience, the roar of military jets flying over the city, and finally the glorious fireworks that colour the night sky.

Tickets for the 2022 Tattoo - themed around the collective power and connection of voice - are

now on sale HERE.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

12 August to 28 August 2023

Discover new writers and meet your favourite authors at creative writing workshops, book signings and author talks.

At the Edinburgh International Book Festival you’ll have the opportunity to take part in provoking debates and intriguing discussions with likeminded book lovers!

The Book Festival has been traditionally located in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic New Town at Charlotte Square Gardens - but in 2021 it will be reloacating to the University’s Edinburgh College of Art where it will recreate its amazing village atmosphere while also having the faciltiies to create a world of online events.

There are independent bookshops at the Book Festival stocking a wide range of titles for adults and children, including some exclusive to the Festival.

Browse at your leisure and find something stimulating to read. International Book Festival will run from Saturday 13 to Monday 29 August from Edinburgh College of Art in Lauriston Place.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

The festival launched in 1989 and continues to evolve, engaging people in the magic of storytelling from its home in the Scottish Storytelling Centre - the only purpose built home for storytelling in the UK

From storytelling performances to panel discussions, and a lively family strand of storytelling activities around Halloween, there’s something here for all Festival-goers to get involved with Storytelling is not a form of theatre – of course its entertainment, but it’s not a passive art form: the audience are part of the performance With the art of storytelling no one performance is the same, with each storyteller using improvisation to help bridge the connection between teller and listener.

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4 August to 26 August 2023

Edinburgh Science Festival

For over 30 years the Edinburgh International Science Festival has served up fun and facts in a bid to get everyone interested in science.

The Edinburgh Science Festival is the UK’s largest Science Festival with almost 270 events for families and adults over the course of two weeks. Families can look forward to a jampacked programme of fun and educational events and activities..

For adults, the programme will feature discussions, debates, workshops, tastings and nights out, all with a scientific twist. Edinburgh Science Festival will return from Saturday 9 – Sunday 24 April 2022 with the theme of Revolutions.

Focusing on the power of circles and revolutionary approaches to everything from personal to planetary health – and with an unashamed emphasis on the urgency of tackling the climate crisis – the 2022 Festival will explore lifeforms, lifecycles and revolutionary science, technology, ideas and solutions to

global challenges. With a heartfelt call for a truly radical shift in the attitudes and behaviours of individuals, organisations and nations to combat the climate crisis and protect the delicately interconnected lifecycles and biodiversity of our

planet and a special plea for the embracing of circular economies to help ensure a successful and sustainable future, EdSciFest 2022 aims to show how going round in circles can sometimes be a GOOD thing!

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

27 May to 4 June 2023

The Edinburgh International Children's Festival is a 9-day festival dedicated to offering family-friendly entertainment in the form of theatre and dance

The Festival celebrates the best of children’s theatre and dance from around the world, showcasing high quality, distinctive Scottish and international performances to an audience of children, their teachers, and their families each year.

The festival has established itself as one of the best places for programmers from all over the world to see work of the very highest standard.

It is also a place where artists meet, see and discuss work, and take part in professional development activities. Numerous pop-up events take place across the city centre, showcasing performances designed for audiences ranging from toddlers to teenagers.

Though it's primarily targeted towards children, the festival offers quality entertainment for older members of the family to enjoy as well.

Edinburgh Festivals 1 April to 16 April 2023

Theatre City


13-29 Nicholson Street EH8 9FT

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Standing on Edinburgh’s longest continuous theatre site, today, at just over 2,500 square feet, the Festival Theatre stage is the largest performance area in Scotland and the third largest in the UK. Home to Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera, and a key venue for the National Theatre of Scotland, the National Theatre and the Edinburgh Festivals, it has also gained an international reputation as one of the world’s leading dance houses. With a seating capacity of 1,915, the year round programme includes cutting-edge contemporary dance, large-scale musicals and event theatre, international ballet and opera productions and a variety of stand-up comedy and live music shows.


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The Edinburgh Playhouse is the largest working theatre in the UK in terms of audience capacity, seating 3,059 people over three levels. Originally used as a cinema, nowadays the venue is used for large scale touring musical productions. The theatre is managed by the Ambassadors Theatre Group (ATG) who use it to house a wide variety of different performances each year. The building itself is a Grade I Listed Building and was originally modelled on the Roxy Cinema in New York.


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The King’s Theatre is a treasured piece of Edinburgh history and still a bustling home to popular stage entertainment, staging quality touring drama, kids’ shows and Scotland’s No.1 panto. The King’s is Edinburgh’s home of West End drama and quality touring theatre, ensuring local audiences have the chance to see some of the UK’s most prolific actors and best touring productions on home turf. In 2013 renowned Scottish artist John Byrne was commissioned to redesign the domed auditorium ceiling.


30b Grindlay Street, EH3 9AX 0131 248 4848

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company is Scotland’s leading producing theatre, led by Artistic Director David Greig. With a strong reputation for excellence in both classical and contemporary work The Lyceum is committed to developing Scotland’s considerable indigenous talents while presenting the best of international drama. The Company rehearses in its own rooms opposite the theatre, and costumes and sets are designed and built at The Lyceum’s workshops in Roseburn.

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10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED 0131 228 1404

The Traverse - champion of stories and storytellers. The stories we share are by anyone and for everyone. As Scotland’s new writing theatre, the Traverse is a dynamic centre for performance, experience and discovery. Enabling people across society to access and engage with theatre is their fundamental mission. Their year-round programme bursts with new stories and live performances that challenge, inform and entertain.

Theatre City


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Bedlam Theatre is a unique, entirely studentrun theatre in the centre of Edinburgh. Clearly visible from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city, Bedlam is a fully operational 90-seat theatre housed in an imposing neogothic church. Bedlam Theatre is both a listed building and a historical landmark - a unique space and community where students maintain the building themselves throughout the year. The Edinburgh University Theatre Company puts on over 40 shows a year, and workshops and productions alike provide students with a unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of theatre.

The Leith Theatre complex was a gift from the City of Edinburgh following amalgamation of the borough of Leith into Edinburgh in 1920. Damaged by a omb in 1941 the theatre remaineddormant for 20 yearsbefore re-opening in 1961. A threat of residential redevelopment on the building sparked a community group to take action in 2004. This group became the Leith Theatre Trust. The years since have seen the return of EIF, FLY Club Nights, Neu! Reekie!, B2 Theatre Company, The MGA Academy of Performing Arts, EH6 Festival and more.

This striking Category B listed pink sandstone church was converted into a theatre in the 1960s and over nearly 50 years has gained an established reputation as one of Scotland’s leading non-professional theatres. As well as being home to many of Edinburgh’s amateur theatrical companies, it is a popular venue for the annual Edinburgh Festival.


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Assembly Roxy is a unique venue situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The historic former church building houses three main spaces all equipped with modern sound and lighting systems. Roxy Upstairs is a theatre space with raked seating for up to 169 audience members, while Roxy Downstairs is a more intimate studio space seating up to 60 people. The largest is Roxy Central; a truly unique and beautiful space, with original features, a stage and a bar area.

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Edinburgh City Centre ...

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is situated on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth on the East Coast.

Edinburgh attracts more than a million overseas visitors a year and is the second most popuar tourist destination in the UK. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its

unique divide of Old Town and New Town. Centuries of history have left their mark on this city, giving you the atmosphetic and medievalOld Town alongside the elegant Georgian New Town.

In August, the city hosts the biggest international arts festival in the world.This includes the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, International Festival and Book Festival.

With so much to see and do it can be hard to know where to sgtart. Top attractions include Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral, The Scottish National Gallery, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Scottish Parliament building and the area known as the Grassmarket. Excellent restaurants, elegant cocktail bars and great shopping abound in Edinburgh.


249 High Street, EH1 1YJ 0131 473 3820 Website

Edinburgh VisitScotland iCentre welcomes you to Scotland. Find us on the High Street in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital. This one-stop shop helps you make the most of your time, and enhance your trip. At Edinburgh and Scotland’s iCentre we can help you plan tours, book day-trips, reserve accommodation and purchase transport passes for touring Scotland. Discover the latest information on events and festivals taking place in Edinburgh all year round. Buy tickets for Edinburgh attractions, Historic Scotland Explorer Pass, the Royal Edinburgh Ticket and popular city tours. Our gift shop has a wide variety of quality Scottish gifts, a selection of guide books and maps. Drop by to make sure your trip to Scotland is one to remember.

City Centre

Scotrail ( operates frequent services through the day from Glasgow Queen Street. Journey time is less than one hour with trains stopping at Edinburgh Haymarket (West End) and Waverley (city centre) stations.


CityLink ( operate fast and frequent (every 15 minutes) coach services throughout the day between Glasgow Buchanan

Street Bus Station and Edinburgh Bus Station which is located in the city centre close to St Andrew's Square. Tikets can be purchased online to the best fares.


Edinburgh has good motorway access by car from most areas of Scotland & the UK. Once in the city there are many secure public car parks. Check out for best rates and book in advance..

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The New Town is a central area of Edinburgh. It was built in stages between 1767 and around 1850, and retains much of its original neo-classical and Georgian period architecture.

Its best known street is Princes Street, facing Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town across the geological depression of the former Nor Loch, now Princes Street Gardens.

Together with the Old Town, the New Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The area is also famed for the New Town Gardens, a heritage designation since March 2001.

The New Town is home to the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy Building, both designed by Playfair and next to each other on The Mound. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is on Queen Street.


Other notable buildings include the Assembly Rooms on George Street, the Balmoral Hote) with its landmark clock tower above Waverley Station, and the Scott Monument.

The New Town contains Edinburgh’s main shopping streets. Princes Street is home to many chain shops. George Street, once the financial centre, now has numerous modern bars, many occupying former banking halls, while Multrees Walk on St. Andrew Square is home to Harvey Nichols and other designer shops.

The St. James Centre, at the east end of the New Town, was an indoor mall completed in 1970. It closed on in 2016 and has been redeveloped as St James Quarter at a cost of £850,000,000.

Also, by the Waverley Station lies the Waverley Market , which contains many high street stores including: Costa, McDonald’s, Sainsbury’s, KFC, Subway, Superdry and Greggs.

A short walk from Prince’s Street brings you to carlton Hill and some truly outstanding Edinburgh views. Some of the best photographs of your trip will be taken as you walk up to the top and admire both the wider cityscape but also te stunning view towards Leith and the River Forth.


The Mound

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The gallery has an amazing permanent collect and even more amazing, entry is free. The gallery is located right at the bottom of The Mound in the centre of Prince’s Street and a short walk from Waverly Station and minutes from The Royal Mile.


4B Howe Street

0131-466 5083

One of Scotland’s only photography galleries, Gallery-Close is proud to represent a growing number of elite photographers.

One of the friendliest galleries to visit they are small but appreciate those who like to support small independent businesses. The photographers they represent are usually highly established but they also support new and up and coming artists.

The gallery is situated in the heart of the historic Georgian New Town in Edinburgh, midway between Princes Street and Stockbridge. It exhibits a variety of photographic work and individually themed exhibitions throughout the year.


Chambers Street

0300 123 6789

Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof at the National Museum of Scotland. The museum of open daily and admission is free.

SCOTT MONUMENT (Temporarily closed)

Princes Street Gardens

0131 52 4068

Located on princes Street and dominating the landscape the Scott Monument is the largest monument to a writer in the world commemorating Sir. Walter Scott. The monument is open from April to September and offers amazing views from the top.


30b Grindlay Street. (off Lothian Road) 0131 248 4848

The Lyceum is one of Scotland’s largest and most successful producing companies. The main output is drama during the September to May period. The theatre is also host to touring companies and entertainment during The Edinburgh International Festival shows.


18-22 Greenside Lane

0131 524 3333

Located at the top of Leith walk the Edinburgh Playhouse is famous for hosting popular plays and musicals plus other big acts when they come to town. Some of the biggest names in show business have played here.

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St James Quarter

St James Quarter is a new retail led, lifestyle district that fully integrates into and enhances Edinburgh’s City Centre providing an inspiring, attractive, and vibrant destination for locals and visitors to live, shop, eat, sleep and play.

St James Quarter houses an enviable line up of restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, public spaces and leisure venues covering 1.7 million square feet. St James Quarter is set to become a welcoming cultural and lifestyle hub for art, culture and fashion that will complement the city’s world-renowned cultural offering and support its vibrant events calendar.

Many brands are debuting in Scotland for the first time at St James Quarter: The Alchemist, &

Other Stories, Stradivarius, Bershka, and Pull&Bear to name a few. With these new additions as well as classic favourites and unique destinations like the one-of-a-kind Bonnie & Wild Food Hall, St James Quarter reinforces Edinburgh’s position as Scotland’s cosmopolitan lifestyle capital.

The naturally ventilated, canopy-roofed Galleria unites Edinburgh’s shopping districts, creating a walkable circuit and linking the path to Leith for an easier throughway across the city.

Easily accessible via public transit (including extended tram routes), by train or by car, St James Quarter is a brand-new, exciting hub created and curated for the people of Scotland.

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Johnnie Walker Experience

FOUR and a half years in the making, Johnnie Walker Princes Street is the centrepiece of Diageo’s £185 million pound investment in tourism in Scotland.

To mark the opening, a Johnnie Walker flag was raised above the landmark building by Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive, Diageo, and Barbara Smith, Managing Director of Johnnie Walker Princes Street against the backdrop of Edinburgh’s iconic skyline, including the world-famous Edinburgh Castle.

Set over 71,500 sq ft, it takes the concept of personalisation to a scale never before seen in a global drinks visitor experience.

With more than 800 flavour combinations available in the innovative dispensation

systems, one person could visit Johnnie Walker Princes Street every day for more than two years and not have the same experience twice.

The cellar has become a true whisky treasury with some of the most unique whisky casks in the world gently maturing and waiting to be sampled by guests.

The building – formerly the famous Binns department store for almost 100 years – will contain a state-of-the-art experiential retail space where shoppers can select from rare and exclusive whiskies, fill their own bottles and have them personalised.

Johnnie Walker Princes Street is crowned by two world-class rooftop bars and a terrace with breath-taking views, including the Explorer’s Bothy whisky bar stocked with 150 different whiskies, and the 1820 cocktail bar where drinks are paired with a carefully curated menu.

Johnnie Walker Princes Street opens its doors with a Green Tourism Gold Award – the highest sustainability accolade for a visitor attraction.

The building includes roof terrace planters to provide herbs for garnishes and infusions for drinks, a sedum roof covering and bird boxes to encourage biodiversity.

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The West End

Tucked away just behind Shandwick Place, the West End Village is one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems. At the very heart of the village lie both William Street and Stafford Street, where the colourful, stylish boutiques and some much-loved pubs and bars combine to create a bohemian feel to this part of Edinburgh. This is a wonderful area to explore at any time of the year.


Palmerston Place

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7 Charlotte Square Website

In the late 1700s, this grand townhouse, now owned and run by the National Trust for Scotland, was at the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town development. The house was designed by acclaimed architect Robert Adam and was a true statement of luxury in an era of enlightenment, for those who could afford it.

It cost the first owner John Lamont (18th Chief of the Clan Lamont) £1,800 in 1796, and he went on to splash out on silver, finery. The house has been magnificently restored to show a typical Edinburgh New Town house of the late 18th and early 19th century. The fine collections of period furniture, porcelain, silver and glass reflect the Lamonts’ lifestyle and the social and economic context of the time. The kitchen and servants’ room give a glimpse of the arduous ‘below stairs’ life of the servants, who made the Lamonts’ elegant lifestyle possible. To pre-book your visit click here.


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Next door to The Georgian House is Bute House, the official office of Scotland’s First Minister, also owned by the NTS. While you can’t go inside, we recommend you stand back and admire the house’s spectacular Georgian facade with its towering pillars and grand doorway.

The three spires of St Mary’s dominate the skyline of the West End of Edinburgh and are clearly visible as you look west along Princes Street. The foundation stone was laid on 21st May 1874 by the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, and the building consecrated on 30th October 1879. There are some impressive artworks within St Mary’s, including The Lorimer Rood Cross, which hangs over the Nave Altar and was designed as part of the National War Memorial by Sir Robert Lorimer and The Paolozzi Window which was designed by local artist Eduardo Paolozzi. It becomes a blaze of light and colour when hit by the Edinburgh sunshine. St Mary’s Cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Edinburgh in the Scottish Episcopal Church. The Cathedral is open for personal prayer and public services.

In August of each year, the churchyard of St John's Church on the corner of Princes St and Lothian Road, plays host to the West End Fair, Scotland’s premier Art & Design Fair.. Featuring the work of over 100 makers, designers and artists, admission is free, so you can visit as often as you like - and there's a cafe on site, with indoor and outdoor seating, for food and refreshments. With so many unique items for sale, it’s a great place to pick up a special gift or treat yourself. This year the Fair will run from August 6 to 24.

Tucked away on Rutland Court you’ll find a modern-day statue that is easily overlooked. Horse and Rider by Eoghan Bridge (1993) shows a man seated on a rearing horse's back, holding onto the top of its head.

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Also taking place during August is the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Since starting in 1983, it has now become a key event in the Edinburgh festival season and has grown rapidly in size and popularity. From its base at the University’s Edinburgh College of Art, it produces and stages over 900 author events, covering a huge range of topics, offering thought-provoking entertainment and inspiration for adults, children, schools and communities. This year the festival will run from August 13 to 28.


Lothian Road

0131 228 1155

Scotland’s only five-star concert hall, The Usher Hall is an extraordinary blend of historical and contemporary, traditional and modern, both inside and out. Construction of the hall was funded by Andrew Usher, a whisky distiller and blender, who donated £100,000 to fund a new concert hall for the city. Opened in 1914, with refurbishment in 2010, every year the Hall welcomes a huge range of talent as well as conferences, sponsorship events, ceremonies, lectures and recording sessions.

The area is well served by public transport options. If travelling by bus, Lothian Buses routes 3, 25, 31 and 33 will drop you off on the area’s main street, Shandwick Place on a regular basis. Haymarket Train Station, which has services from across Scotland, is close by, and the Airlink 100 bus to Edinburgh Airport has a stop directly outside the station. Running from York Place to Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh Trams stop at stop between Atholl Crescent and Coates Crescent, conveniently placed to get you into the heart of the action quickly and easily.

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Edinburgh Old Town

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The Old Town is the name popularly given to the oldest part of Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh. It is a protected World Heritage Site and has preserved its medieval street plan.

The street layout is especially picturesque in Edinburgh, where the castle perches on top of a rocky crag, the remnants of an extinct volcano and the main street runs down the crest of a ridge, known as the Royal Mile. This is a superb example of a “crag and tail” landform, which was created during the last Ice Age. The hilltop crag was the earliest part of the city to be developed, which eventually became Edinburgh Castle.

The Royal Mile is the main route in the Old Town, which runs downhill from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Notable

buildings in the Old Town include St. Giles’ Cathedral, the Royal Museum of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh. This area has numerous underground streets and vaults.

The Old Town became home to some of the earliest “high rise” residential buildings, due to space restrictions caused by the narrowness of the Royal Mile. During the Edinburgh Festival, the High Street and Hunter Square become gathering points where performers of the Fringe advertise their shows.

The upper section of the Royal Mile is known as the Lawnmarket. Fascinating side alleys or closes, lead off on either side and are well worth exploring. Look out for Lady Stairs’s Close, where Robert Burns lived and also the site of the Writer’s Museum, which celebrates Burns

together with Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

On approaching the Castle, there is a grand forecourt area. This is used for the Military Tattoo during the Festival. At other times, it offers splendid views across much of the city, as well as being the site of some fine statues.


No visit is complete without rubbing the nose of Edinburgh’s most famous canine companion! The story is legend and you can find Bobby’s statue just across the street from The National Museum Of Scotland. Once you have found him make sure you visit Greyfriar’s Kirk and graveyard where history abounds as well as amazing views of Edinburgh Castle from different photographic angle.

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The Royal Mile The Royal Mile ...

The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, perched high on a base of volcanic rock, with the splendorous Palace of Holyroodhouse, resting in the shadow of Arthur's Seat. The Mile is overlooked by impressive, towering tenements, between which cobbled closes and narrow stairways interlock to create a secret underground world.

Scattered with superb attractions such as The Real Mary King’s Close or the Scottish Storytelling Centre, historic sites including St Giles' Cathedral and some of the best eating and drinking spots in the city, the Royal Mile offers much to see and do.

For a glimpse of recent history, be sure to visit the ultra-modern Scottish Parliament, a striking building boasting a cutting-edge design.



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Edinburgh’s most visited attraction, the castle dominates the Edinburgh skyline and its story has shaped the nation’s history. Home to the one o’clock gun and many historic artefacts, the castle attracts thousands of visitors every year. Top tip is to book your tickets online and get Fast Tracked at no extra cost.


Canongate. Royal Mile

0131 348 5000

Tours of the parliament building are free of charge and usually include a visit to the Debating Chamber, The Garden Lobby and Committee Room. They include detailed information about the work, history and procedures of the Scottish Parliament. Tours operate at scheduled times on Monday to Saturday subject to Parliament business. Check online for information or to book a tour.


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The Palace of Holyroodhouse or as it is more commonly know, Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of The Queen in Scotland. Flying of the Royal Standard indicates whether The Queen is at home, but the Palace itself remains open throughout the year and is an interesting and enlightening visit.


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Admission to this landmark, stunning cathedral is free and volunteer guides are on duty to welcome and assist visitors with guided tours on request. The Cathedral shop stocks a variety of souvenirs, gifts and books, some relating to the cathedral itself. The Cathedral is a tranquil stop during a hectic day of sightseeing.



Holyrood Road, EH8 8AS 0131 550 7800

A visit to Dynamic Earth is like nothing else on Earth. It's a chance to experience the primeval forces of nature as they shaped our planet, to journey through space and time and even go on an Adventure around the world. Voted one of Edinburgh's best attractions on many occasions, it's a must visit for all the family of ages of a fantastic location to stage your next big event!


Castle Hill, Royal Mile 0131 226 3709

Located right next to Edinburgh Castle. Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is the only spot in Edinburgh where you can explore the whole city without even leaving the room! Five floors of fascinating, interactive, hands-on exhibits. Where 21st -century tech meets classic illusions and historic science. It’s a great day out.


354 Castlehill, The Royal mile. EH1 2NE 0131 220 0441

The Scotch Whisky Experience is a five star visitor attraction at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, where they have been inspiring visitors to Edinburgh about the joys of Scotch whisky for over 30 years. With over 3500 bottles of whisky from down the years on display, the stunning Amber Restaurant & Whisky bar to enjoy, whether you take a tour, visit the shop or enjoy an event or tasting, you are guaranteed a sensational experience.

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The Grassmarket District ...

The Grassmarket was once the site of public executions! Thankfully the last of these was in 1784 and the area is now a lively, bustling area packed full of great places to eat and drink as well as an interesting collection of boutique shops.

Comprising The Grassmarket, West Port, Victoria Street, Cowgate, Candlemaker Row and Merchant Street, and joining onto the Royal Mile & Old Town and the Southside, the Grassmarket can easily be, and is best enjoyed, on foot.

Lined with buzzing bars, restaurants with world-wide flavours, delicious coffee shops and electric shops, the area’s winding streets are a delight to explore at your leisure. But the Grassmarket is also home to some attractions and activities that should not be missed.

In what is now the location of a Quaker Meeting House, in the 17th century it was the site of the home of Major Weir, ‘the Wizard of the West Bow’. Together with his sister, he was executed for witchcraft in 1670 and although the house was demolished in 1829, images of Weir’s ghostly figure have been reported walking through the building’s walls!

The first church to be built in post-Reformation Scotland, Greyfriars Kirk was founded in 1620 and as well as being home to a welcoming and active congregation, is one of Edinburgh’s most visited churches. Greyfriars Kirkyard is also where you’ll find a memorial to Greyfriars Bobby – probably Edinburgh’s most well known dog. After his master’s death, this faithful pup spent 14 years guarding his grave and captured the hearts of Edinburgh’s residents, who brought him food.


Waterloo Place, EH1 3EG 0131 226 3133

Award winning small group tour company offering guaranteed departures – you book, you go! Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers give you more time to experience the real, authentic Scotland with more time off the bus and with the locals. Book online or walk-in with tours covering one, two or three days.

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The caddies & Witchery Tours take a light hearted look at Edinburgh’s darker side including tales of witchcraft, plague and torture. Your ghostly guide will blend history with humour and facts with fables, while “jumper-ooters” provide guaranteed ghostly appearances!


30 Grassmarket

0131 225 6464

Serving great pizza since 1986 Mammas specialise in freshly prepared stone baked and gluten free pizzas. With over 40 toppings to choose from including cactus, marshmallow or chocolate, you will find the perfect pizza and relaxed atmosphere to your liking.


9b Victoria Street

0131 225 8634 Finnegan’s Wake is a long established, quintessential Irish Pub located in a handy spot right on the egde of The Grassmarket and yards from the Royal Mile. There is live music most evenings as well as sports events screened at the venue.


0131 226 3706

Classically sophisticated but relaxed Italian dining awaits you at o’Oliviero on the Grassmarket. Only steps away from Edinburgh Castle, this place packs flavour into a variety of specialities made from quality ingredients, some brought directly from Italy! Enjoy classic homemade pasta dishes as well as a range of mains including Salmon alla Griglia, Risotto and homemade Tiramisu for dessert. A perfect end to a day of exploring.


110 West Bow 0131 225 5028

This family run restaurant specialises in mussels, oysters, scallops and prime Scottish beef which are all supplied by well known farms from the West Coast area. You can pop in for a kilo of mussels or the signature “surf and turf” speciality.


60 Grassmarket 0131 629 1050

Authentic and tasty Mexican Street Food. Slow cooked meats freshly prepared on the premises each day together with beans, salsas and guacamole all made daily. Enjoy a full range of great food to sit in and enjoy in a relaxed atmosphere with an awesome chilled margarita to sip or take away something warm to enjoy as you explore the Grassmarket!


5b Johnston Terrace 0131 226 7770

Maxies is a unique family-run restaurant with a delightful outlook over The Grassmarket. There is something for everyone from luxurious seafood platters to sizzling steaks. Combine this with a an extensive wine list and you have the perfect place to relax with friends or family.


34 Victoria Street 07771 968233

If you are looking for a deliciously different lunch or snack then treat yourself to a freshly carved hog roast roll with succulent meat freshly prepared daily. Try the sublime crackling and enjoy with gravy or apple sauce. A really enjoyable lunch experience.

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Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a highlight of any visit to the Scottish Capital.

A national treasure of Scotland, this spectacular Living Collection is over 350 years old.

Visitors can experience an extravaganza of plants from around the world, learn about the Garden's rich and diverse Living Collection and discover a history dating back to the 17th century.

Set in over 70 acres of beautiful landscape and just one mile north of the city centre, the Garden offers superb panoramic views of the city skyline featuring Edinburgh Castle.

The Botanics, as the Garden is affectionately known locally, is breathtaking at any time of year.

Garden highlights include the Rock Garden, the Alpine Houses, Woodland Garden, Pond, the Arboretum or tree collection, the Chinese Hillside, the Rhododendron Collection and the Scottish Native Plants Collection in the Heath Garden.

Visitors cannot help but leave with a deeper appreciation and understanding of the importance of plants in our world, and the need to support the Garden's important work.

Visit the newly refurbished Botanics Shop in the John Hope Gateway visitor centre and

browse a wonderful array of botanically inspired gifts, books and sustainable products, as well as a fabulous selection of house plants and pots.

In the Greenhouse you will find seasonal plants and garden accessories, ideal for the urban gardener.

An extensive refurbishment of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh cafes was completed at the end of July and includes the transformation of its dining spaces and a new menu, packed with seasonal flavours, to welcome visitors back to the well-loved cultural destination.


- A garden for all seasons

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Edinburgh Zoo

Have an unforgettable day out at Edinburgh Zoo with over 1,000 incredible animals from around the world, just minutes from the city centre.

No two visits to Edinburgh Zoo are ever the same!

All your favourite animals are waiting to welcome you back from Edinburgh Zoo's paddling penguins to the famous giant pandas.

You won't want to miss out on seeing their newest arrivals either – the zoo have

welcomed giraffes back to Edinburgh for the first time in 15 years. The bachelor herd have moved in to a brand-new giraffe house that has been designed with high level walkways which means visitors can meet these wonderful creatures face-to-face!

Safety comes first and with even more of you planning to see the incredible animals and enjoy outdoor spaces while restrictions are still in place, it is really important to be aware of what might be different on the day, including limited parking spaces, the

queues for entry and indoor areas, and more – please read the information on the Edinburgh Zoo website to find out what to expect.

Book in advance today to meet Edinburgh Zoo's amazing animals and learn about their wildlife conservation work to protect species in Scotland and around the world.

134 Corstorphine Road 0131 334 9171

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Edinburgh Zoo, formerly the Scottish National Zoological Park, is an 82-acre (33 ha) nonprofit zoological park in the Corstorphine area of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The land lies on the south facing slopes of Corstorphine Hill, from which it provides extensive views of the city.

Built in 1913, and owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, it receives over 600,000 visitors a year, which makes it oneof Scotland's most popular paid-for tourist attractions, after Edinburgh Castle.

As well as catering to tourists and locals, the zoo is involved in many scientific pursuits, such as captive breeding of endangered animals, researching into animal behaviour, and active participation in various conservation programs around the world.

Edinburgh Zoo was the first zoo in the world to house and to breed penguins. It is also the only zoo in Britain to house Queensland koalas and giant pandas.

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Shopping in Edinburgh ...

Shopping in Edinburgh is more than retail therapy it is an adventure in its own right.

The city offers everthing from utra-modern shopping centres caterng for all tastesand high end world famous names behind impressive Georgian facades to the fascinating range of streets stalls and pop-up shops which are colourful feature of the Edinburgh Festival.

And while Princes Street only has shops on one side it still offers top class shopping and of course breathtaking views across the iconic Princes Street Gardens to the magnificence of Edinburgh Castle perched on its basalt plug and presiding over the dramatic old town skyline.

This cosmopolitan city also hosts open air markets and car boot sales throughout the year and Edinburgh’s Winter Market in December is a popular destination .


Princes Street Gardens is the venue for seasonal markets including the Traditional German Christmas Market while the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market selling fresh home-grown produce is held every Saturday from 9am - 2pm in nearby Castle Terrace.


St James Quarter Bonnie & Wild’s Scottish Marketplace is Edinburgh’s first Food Hall. Within their easily accessible venue in the heart of St James Quarter, you’ll find more than a dozen food stalls and speciality retailers, alongside three bars, a private dining area, demonstration kitchen, children’s play area and flexible, multi-purpose events spaces… as well as open-plan seating for almost 400 people!


St James Quarter & Other Stories offers women a wide range of shoes, bags, accessories, beauty and readyto-wear. Ateliers in Paris, Stockholm and Los Angeles design diversified fashion and beauty collections with great attention to detail and quality. & Other Stories’ St James Quarter location is the brand’s first in Scotland.


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Long standing Kilt Maker and Highland dress specialists located in the heart of Edinburgh. Everything from tartan trews and skirts to full Highland Dress as well as a lovely range of accessories and jewellery.

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St Andrew Square is a garden square located at the east end of George Street.

The gardens, part of the collection of New Town Gardens, are owned by a number of private owners, managed by Essential Edinburgh and opened to the public in 2008.

The construction of St Andrew Square began in 1772, as the first part of the New Town, designed by James Craig. Within six years of its completion St Andrew Square became one of the most desirable and most fashionable residential areas in the city.

As the 19th century came to a close, St Andrew Square evolved into the commercial centre of the city. Most of the square used to be made up of major offices of banks and insurance companies, making it one of the major financial centres in Scotland.

It now also has shops, including the department store Harvey Nichols, the Edinburgh Grand Hotel and apartments, and a series of London chain restaurants and bars on its south side, such as Hawksmoor, Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Dishoom and The Ivy.

Dominating the centre of St Andrew Square is the fluted column of the Melville Monument, commemorating Henry Dundas, the first Viscount Melville, best known for campaigning for the abolition of slavery.

The Melville Monument is surrounded by St Andrew Square Gardens, recently redesigned and opened to the public.

Multrees Walk is the definition of luxury shopping.

Home of Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton, Nespresso and many other exclusive fashion brands mean the Multrees Walk shopping experience is second to none.

Multrees Walk is also home to directional young fashion brands as well as established luxury labels like Michael Kors and Mulberry catering for even the most demanding fashionistas.

Multrees Walk is a pedestrian shopping area off the east side of St. Andrew Square.

Created in 2003 as part of a redevelopment, it links St Andrew Square and St James Shopping Centre and its shops sell luxury goods including clothing, stationery and handbags.

Harvey Nichols, the department store, is the anchor of the development and has its main entrance on St. Andrew Square, but there is a smaller entrance on Multrees Walk.

Multrees Walk, Harvey Nichols and Edinburgh Bus Station (which sits below ‘Multrees Walk’ and is accessed by escalators from St Andrew Square or from Elder Street) was designed by Edinburgh architects CDA.

The shopping development features a number of brands from across the globe, many of which have located their only Scottish store within the walk.

St Andrew Square & Multrees Walk

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Waverley Market is Edinburgh's central shopping mall, located right on the corner of Princes Street and Waverley Bridge, where you'll find a wide range of shops to peruse.

The major highlight of this mall is its construction. It's built underground to offer convenient shopping right in the centre of Edinburgh without disrupting the view of Edinburgh Castle and Old Town from Princes Street.


St John’s Church, Princes Street, EH2 4BJ 0131 229 4541

One World Shop is Edinburgh’s oldest fair trade shop, selling goods sourced from all around the world. Their suppliers adhere to the WFTO 10 Principles of Fair Trade so not only can you buy beautiful gifts & homewares, they’re exploitation free. They also sell a wide range of organic and vegan products.

Waverley Market

That's why the rooftop plaza is largely flat. Of course, the mall was also inspired by Waverley Market, the trading centre that was in the same spot decades before the mall opened in 1984.

You'll find all sorts of shopping opportunities at Waverley Market. In the upper mall, you can enjoy high-street fashion favourites with shops like New Look.

More obscure shops, like Damaged Society, are also found here. You can also find ethical

cosmetics and bath shops on this floor, as well as a Starbucks coffee shop.

The lower floor of the mall consists primarily of restaurants. You can find a quick bite to eat in the local McDonald's or Subway, or you can order takeaway from the local Chopstix.

The rooftop plaza contains a few shops as well, including The Whisky Shop offering a wonderful array of unique drinks.

3/48 Waverley Bridge 0131 557 3759


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Bershka’s fashion is aimed at adventurous young people, who are aware of the latest trends and are interested in music, social networks and new technologies. Bershka was founded in 1998 as a ground-breaking retail fashion concept, delivering the very latest trends to urban and connected young people. The brand has three main lines, Bershka, BSK and Man, creating a wide spectrum of available styles from evening wear, casual, basics, sports, jeans, accessories and footwear, to the latest street trends .


39 - 41 GEORGE STREET EH2 2HN 0131 370 1673

Anthropologie UK is a destination for the creative, worldly woman. Their mission is to surprise and delight with unexpected, distinctive finds for your wardrobe and home. They source and craft all of their products with care, offering a carefully curated collection of clothing, accessories, homeware, and furniture.

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30-34 St Andrew Square Recognised as the UK’s premier luxury fashion retailer, Harvey Nichols is internationally renowned for its expertly edited fashion and beauty merchandise, premium food and wine offer and awardwinning restaurants. Harvey Nichols offers the ultimate fashion experience. Seen as ‘the place to be’, Harvey Nichols is the club that doesn’t require a membership. Exclusive, niche and established labels sit alongside accessible everyday collections, offering customers the must-have edit for all their wardrobe needs – from everyday to extraordinary.

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Ocean Terminal

Ocean Terminal is Edinburgh’s unique waterfront shopping and lifestyle destination.

Regarded by many as Edinburgh’s most relaxing shopping environment it has a great mix of retail, leisure and dining options including Nando’s, Pizza Express and Zizzi as well as food on the go from Subway and Greggs.

Anchored by M&S Simply Food, its stylish and calming ambience is supported by a mix of coffee bars, 24 hour gym, 12 screen Vue Cinema, skatepark and top tourist attraction, The Royal Yacht Britannia.

With over 1,600 free car parking spaces it is located just three miles from Edinburgh City Centre sitting on Leith’s waterfront overlooking the magnificent Firth of Forth.

There is a weekly market place Saturday & Sunday on the ground floor, near the main entrance.

Offering something different to the shopping experience at the centre, visitors can browse an array of exhibiting stalls from bakery and confectionary to handcrafted and locally designed jewellery and gifts.

There is also a weekly Car Boot Sale every Sunday, 7.30am – 12.30pm on Level E & F in

the Red Car Park.

Cinema lovers can luxuriate in the amazing Vue 12 screen cinema with every seat a recliner. Focused on being the best but not necessarily the biggest in the business they aim to consistently provide the best possible cinema experience, delivered by friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Ocean Drive, Leith, EH6 6JJ 0131 475 9400

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119 High Street 0131 556 3095

Whiski is a stunning multi award winning whisky bar and restaurant on the Royal Mile. Whiski serves fresh, locally sourced seafood, lamb, beef and venison and has a selection of over 300 malt whiskies to keep any connoisseur happy!


61-65 Rose Street 0131 225 5979

Visit The Mussel inn seafood restaurant on Rose Street, just one block from Princes Street, and enjoy delicious, fresh seafood and other selections at affordable prices while watching Edinburgh’s city centre hustle and bustle after a full day of sightseeing.


167 Canongate. EH8 8BN Tel 0131 557 1333

The famous Tolbooth Tavern on The Royal Mile brings you over 200 years of Scottish Hospitality. It’s the perfect spot to slake your thirst and satisfy a hunger, whether you’ve taken the tourist trail, just finished a hard days graft or simply looking for a relaxing dinner experience in Dunedin* (*that’s Gaelic for Edinburgh!)


North bank Street (top of The Mound) 0131 225 7224

Visit Whiski Rooms (around the corner from The Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle) for a great experience of all day dining. The restaurant serves the very best of Scottish food and drink in stunning surroundings including the Whisky Bar and Ardbeg Embassy Dining Room. Perfect for lunch or dinner after a days sightseeing or why not book a private dining room and enjoy a bespoke, personal dining experience.


60 Grassmarket 0131 629 1050

Authentic and tasty Mexican Street Food. Slow cooked meats freshly prepared on the premises each day together with beans, salsas and guacamole all made daily. Enjoy a full range of great food to sit in and enjoy in a relaxed atmosphere with an awesome chilled margarita to sip or take away something warm to enjoy as you explore the Grassmarket!


26 George IV Bridge 0131 622 1818

Three floors, three bars & one monster! They have great food, a lively atmosphere and every day you can enjoy a one of a kind experience. Lights, music and sound effects accompany the animatronic Frankenstein monster as he descends from the ceiling and awakens!


30 Grassmarket

0131 225 6464

Serving great pizza since 1986 Mammas specialise in freshly prepared stone baked and gluten free pizzas. With over 40 toppings to choose from including cactus, marshmallow or chocolate, you will find the perfect pizza and relaxed atmosphere to your liking. Mamma’s also offers an extensive wine and beer list , alternative mains and some scrumptious dessert options


0131 226 3706

Classically sophisticated but relaxed Italian dining awaits you at o’Oliviero on the Grassmarket. Only steps away from Edinburgh Castle, this place packs flavour into a variety of specialities made from quality ingredients, some brought directly from Italy! Enjoy classic homemade pasta dishes as well as a range of mains including Salmon alla Griglia, Risotto and homemade Tiramisu for dessert. A perfect end to a day of exploring.


4a St Andrew Square EH2 2BD 0131 278 3410

As soon as you step into this Argentinian steak restaurant in Edinburgh, you will enjoy the unique experience that is Gaucho. As you walk through the door of this contemporary, glass building you’ll be welcomed by sophisticated interiors, with textures and tones inspired by Argentina’s forests. Enjoy a drink in our cocktail bar or descend into our dining room for a relaxed working lunch, an impeccable steak dinner or to entertain in our stunning private wine room. At the weekends enjoy our legendary never-ending Sundays roasts in Edinburgh city centre or go bottomless beef every Thursday with our weekly changing selection of premium steak cuts.

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7 South St. David Street EH2 2BD

0131 285 6123

The home of fresh pasta in Edinburgh is back! Vapiano on St Andrew’s Street is open and welcoming guests to its beautifully upgraded restaurant. With its new, stunning menu going live now plus three floors of space you will enjoy cocktails, pizza and of course Vapiano’s legendary hand made, cooked to order fresh pasta with a devine selection of freshly made sauces. A short walk from Edinburgh Waverley station and St Andrew Square. Walk in and order or order online.

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20 George Street 0131 260 3000

Celebrating over 15 years in the city, The Hard Rock welcomes you with the style and mantra of Love All Serve All. Enjoy great music, fine cocktails and Hard Rock’s world famous burgers and other food selections. Indulge yourself or buy great presents to take home from the retail store.


7 South St. David Street EH2 2BD 0131 285 6123

A fresh, vibrant Italian pizzeria, restaurant and bar right in the heart of the city serving the finest fresh produce and beautifully prepared wood oven pizzas and wonderful pasta dishes with guests enjoying face-to-face interactions with chefs as they cook their dish to order, exactly as they like it.


5b Johnston Terrace 0131 226 7770

Maxies is a unique family-run restaurant with a delightful outlook over The Grassmarket. There is something for everyone from luxurious seafood platters to sizzling steaks. Combine this with a an extensive wine list and you have the perfect place to relax with friends or family.

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167 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4DG 07389 899394

Seeds for the Soul have built up a cult following in Bruntsfield since they opened in early 2018. This cosy café is all about the plant-based dining, with absolutely no animal products in their menu whatsoever.


110 West Bow 0131 225 5028

This family run restaurant specialises in mussels, oysters, scallops and prime Scottish beef which are all supplied by well known farms from the West Coast area. You can pop in for a kilo of mussels or the signature “surf and turf” speciality.


9b Victoria Street 0131 225 8634 Finnegan’s Wake is a long established, quintessential Irish Pub located in a handy spot right on the egde of The Grassmarket and yards from the Royal Mile. There is live music most evenings as well as sports events screened at the venue.


4 Victoria Street 07771 968233

If you are looking for a deliciously different lunch or snack then treat yourself to a freshly carved hog roast roll with succulent meat freshly prepared daily. Try the sublime crackling and enjoy with gravy or apple sauce. A really enjoyable lunch experience.


14 George Street 0131 624 8624

Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town since 1996 The Dome is well known to many as a stunning bar and restaurant. It has become established as a first choice venue to meet friends and colleagues for coffee, cocktails, lunch or dinner.


Castle Terrace (Lothian Road) 0131 229 5506 Delicious noodles, rice dishes, salads and freshly squeezed juices all brought together in a vibrant busy restaurant makes Wagamama a great family destination.


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Walking along Middle Meadow Walk, you may be drawn to the little Police Box on the corner with a lovely aroma of crepes - which also happen to be very delicious and healthy! Tupiniquim use their own special blend of gluten free flour, which is so special that they bag it and sell it from their little kiosk. For a satisfying and savoury treat, why not try the butternut squash, spinach and sundried tomato crepe, with a bit of optional cheese? This is a great street food pit stop in the Old Town, serving sweet and savoury gluten free crepes since 2010.

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Rose Street

Designed as part of James Craig’s New Town plan in 1767, Rose Street was named after the national flower of England, a consciously unionist pairing with Thistle Street.

In the 19th century, Rose Street gained a reputation as a seedy area of town but by the 1960s this had started to change, as tenement flats gave way to antique shops and boutiques.

In 1973 the transformation was completed as the section between Castle Street and Frederick Street became the first pedestrianised street in the city.

Behind No.180 Rose Street there was once a court for playing Rackets, a forerunner of the modern game of squash.

In 1830 McVitie’s provision shop opened at No.129 Rose Street, establishing the famous firm of biscuit manufacturers who went on to create the digestive biscuit.

In the 1950s and 60s Rose Street became well-known as the haunt of a new wave of Scottish poets.

Writers such as Hugh MacDiarmid and Robert Garioch gathered with their friends for lively debate, in places such as Milne’s Bar, the Abbotsford and the Café Royal. Rose Street is now famous for its many pubs and eateries and is well worth a visit.

Located on the Royal Mile, Robert Graham is one of the country’s oldest tobacco and whiskey merchants where expert advice and knowledge about both whiskey and cigars make choosing the right product an enjoyable experience. Enjoy browsing and examining the huge range of branded malts as well as Robert Graham’s own aged bottlings, as well as a fine selection of Cuban cigars.

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The district of Leith rests on the shores of the Firth of Forth at the mouth of the Water of Leith. The original harbour dates back to the 14th century and has been the port of Edinburgh for hundreds of years.

Today Leith has developed into a picturesque waterfront area, lined with bistros, stylish bars and excellent restaurants. There are independent galleries and cultural festivals, such as the Leith Festival. Main attractions include the Royal Yacht Britannia, berthed at the quay and the Conran designed Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre.

Tourists come in huge numbers every year to board the decks of the Royal Yacht, where four Royal couples spent their honeymoon, including Prince Charles and Princess Diana. She has sailed more than a million miles around the globe and was finally decommissioned in 1997, marking the end of a Royal Yacht. Britannia was voted “Best Visitor Attraction in the UK” in 1999.

If you feel like a good walk, then this is a great place to spend an afternoon. There are still remains of the past in Leith, with old piers being a reminder of the Victorian Age. The Victoria Dock, Albert Dock and Edinburgh Dock have barely changed from the way they were in the past.


Ocean Terminal

0131 555 5566

No visit to Leith or indeed Edinburgh is complete without stepping aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia. A floating home to Her Majesty, The Queen and The Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles, the vessel is now on permanent display in Leith where you can follow in the footsteps of royalty and discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

The Royal Yacht has won Best Attraction in the UK 2020, as voted for by Which? members. The Queen’s former floating palace, berthed in Leith, Edinburgh, came out on top when nearly 5,000 Which? members were asked to rate the UK’s 50 most visited attractions.


19 Shore Place 0131 476 6776 Website

Tapa: Leith is an authentic Spanish Tapas experience set among white washed walls that make you feel at home in a Spanish style bodegas. Choose from a fantastic selection of freshly made dishes together with a fine wine list and then relax and enjoy the vibrant but casual atmosphere.


1 Shore 0131 554 5666

The original Fishers, nestled on the historic Shore. Fishers in Leith is still winning awards 20 years after it first opened. Two beautiful indoor dining areas or a summer terrace, the choice is yours while you enjoy the fabulous atmosphere along with their fantastic seafood selections.



Ocean Drive

0131 555 8888

Ocean Terminal is a unique shopping experience at Edinburgh’s waterfront in Leith. With over 70 big brand and individual shops as well as Marks & Spencers Simply Food, the centre is regarded as a fabulous mix of relaxed shopping combined with a wide selection of bars, cafes and restaurants.


Tour & Tasting & Bottle Filling & Cocktail Making.

What are you doing this week? How about coming to visit our new Lind & Lime Gin Distillery in Leith and trying a few cocktails?

We decided to put all of our favourite things into the single best experience that we could create.

Tours last 75 minutes and run weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12, 2, 4 and 6pm.

There's always some sort of alchemy going on Find out more and book your tour here:

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‘We set out to create the very definition of what a London Dry Gin should be; to do something very simple, but do it to perfection’


Alexandra Dock, Leith 0131 357 5000

Owned by the Trust that also owns the Royal Yacht, Fingal opened in January 2019 in the historic Port of Leith, a five-minute walk from The Royal Yacht Britannia. A former lighthouse tender, each of Fingal’s 23 luxury cabins are named after Stevenson lighthouses and are inspired by her rich maritime heritage. Hosting up to 60 guests, Fingal’s Ballroom features a raised gallery for music and entertainment with a moveable skylight. The Lighthouse Bar is a stylish yet relaxed setting for enjoying Afternoon Tea, cocktails or supper.

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78 Commercial Quay

0131 555 1755

The Kitchin, owned and run by Tom and Michaela Kitchin offers diners modern British seasonal cuisine influenced by French cooking techniques. Awarded a Michelin Star in 2007, the restaurant constantly exceeds expectations with its appreciation of the best quality ingredients available from Scotland’s fantastic natural larder.


67 Shore 0131 555 5908


Mimi’s is a family run bakehouse located in the Shore area, specialising in fabulous cakes, fluffy scones and quality teas and coffee. They also serve breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, seven days a week. This is a perfect stop during your visit with lovely things to tempt you.


24-26 The Shore 0131 555 0409

When the sun shines you can enjoy The Ship’s delicious seafood menu outside on the shorefront terrace beside the Water of Leith. When it doesn’t, enjoy the atmospheric, relaxed restaurant and bar that awaits you inside.


41 Commercial Street

0131 554 9101

Tiso is Scotland’s number one outdoor clothing and equipment specialist shop. Whatever you plan to do outdoors, visit Tiso and find a huge range of leading brands such as Berghaus, North Face, Icebreaker and many more housed in a spectacular outdoor retail centre.


1 Commercial Street, Leith 0131 554 5272

Having opened in May 2019 Hemingsways is a relaxed, casual dining experience in the heart of Leith Harbour. With a modern twist on classic dishes, Hemingways offers a warm welcome with freshly prepared food and great cocktails, craft gin & locally brewed craft beer as well as an extensive wine list.


23/24 Sandpoint 0131 476 5268

A cosy, family run, fun bar and café in the historic Port ‘o Leith. From the bar there are crisp pints and real ales as well as juices, leaf tea and great coffee. From the kitchen you can enjoy wholesome food from 10am right through until 10pm. A warm welcome awaits.


Tourism Declares aims to inspire and encourage all sectors of the travel industry - including Operators, Agents, Platforms, DMCs, Tourism Boards, Trade Associations, Hotel chains, Academia, Airlines, Media and Service Providers - to acknowledge the climate emergency and develop appropriate action plans.

The focus for 2021 is creating three Climate Action Blueprints - for Tour Operators, Accommodation Providers and Destinations.

They will enable anyone in these sectors to deliver their Climate Action Plans.

The blueprints will combine the frameworks, tools, best practice and resources required for delivering Climate Action Plans that align tourism with the need to reduce global emissions by at least half by 2030 and keep global warming within 1.5 degrees C.

Tourism Declares will work with our members inside the Tourism Declares community to co-create the Blueprints transparently and collaboratively, and according to our climate equity and justice commitments.

We’ll post updates in our newsletters, and will regularly share content on the main website to encourage wider consultation and contributions. Even if you haven’t declared, we want to hear from you.

We’ll publish the three Blueprints by COP26 in November as free resources for anyone to use. We hope they will be adopted as the standard approach to transforming our industry.

In addition to making these resources available, the Tourism Declares community will work, throughout 2021 and beyond, to create solutions that will help accelerate adoption of the Blueprints - including training offers and consultation services to spread and strengthen knowledge of best practices in climat

We want engagement from all across our industry to ensure a truly diverse range of experiences and voices are represented. There are many ways to get involved, including:

Declare a climate emergency - all member of your organisation will then be able to join our growing community of people working in tourism coming together to share challenges and solutions.

Tell us what you need or know, so your challenges, experiences, expertise and solutions help frame the content and ensure our Blueprints are relevant and useful.

Share access to the tools and resources you use, own or have created. Where we find gaps, help in the co-creation of the tools and resources that are needed.

Support us with research, editorial, translation, tech or design and help us maintain momentum by highlighting TD climate actions

Help us coordinate and deliver regular Learning and Action Events

Support our outreach by encouraging your network to get involved.

Contribute financially to accelerate the process and ensure we deliver the best Blueprints possible.

Tourism Declares supports tourism businesses, organisations and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking action to reduce their carbon emissions.

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Dalmeny House · South Queensferry · EH30 9TQ

0131 331 1888

Dalmeny House was completed in 1817 and sits in rolling parkland to the West of Edinburgh. With spectacular views overlooking the Firth of Forth, the house is home to The 7th Earl and Countess of Rosebery. Although very much a family home, the house is open to the public for viewings and corporate events. The inspired architecture of the house will fascinate some. Others will be enticed by the extraordinary collection of antique furniture, artworks and curious objects.



West Craigie Farm, West Craigie Farm, South Queensferry EH30 9AR 0131 319 1048

Craigies Shop was opened in 1988 with a onetable shop in a converted barn and added the Café in 2007. It has expanded over the years to offer an extensive Pick Your Own and Little Farmers, an adventure farm park for children and families opened in Summer 2021. From humble beginnings, Craigies Farm has grown to become one of the UK’s leading farm shop destinations and represents the very best in modern Scottish farming.

The Loony (lunatic) Dook (Scottish word for swim or dip in the sea) is the New Year tradition of running into the baltic Firth of Forth on New Year’s Day. Hundreds of people sign up every year to take part - raising huge amounts of money in the process - and take part in a fancy dress parade before running en-masse into the sea. Yes it’s as bonkers, hilarious and joyous as it sounds


Port Edgar Marina, EH30 9SQ 0131 554 9401 Edinburgh Boat Charters’ high specification luxury sailing catamaran is unique to the East Coast of Scotland and their deck saloon yacht is well placed to explore the best that the West Coast has to offer. Edinburgh Boat Charters sail in beautiful, historic and inspiring locations providing a bespoke experience to meet your needs.


53 High Street, South Queensferry EH30 9HP 0131 331 5545 Queensferry Museum showcases the past and traditions of historic Queensferry and neighbouring Dalmeny. The museum has stunning views out onto the Firth of Forth and the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Forth Bridge. Whether your interest is social history, folk traditions or civil engineering, there is something here for everyone to enjoy. As well as permanent displays, the museum hosts a room dedicated to temporary exhibitions, curated by community groups. The museum is temporarily closed


Hopetoun House has become a prime location for the long running television series Outlander. Here are a few notable examples of scenes filmed in the stately home and its grounds: Hopetoun Red Drawing Room

* The House is the setting for the home of the Duke of Sandringham in Series 1. These scenes were filmed in the Red Drawing Room

* The Sea Trail and West Lawn to the rear of the House was the location for the dual between the Duke and the head of the McDonald clan.

* The rear steps of the house were the scene for a sword fight in Season 1

* The courtyard behind the Stables Tearoom features regularly as a Parisian street location in Series 2. On the wider Hopetoun Estate is Midhope Castle which is the location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of character Outlander principal character Jamie Fraser. Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside. Tours can be arranged but must be booked ahead.


South Queensferry, EH30 9RW 0131 331 2451

Hopetoun is a place of outstanding natural beauty, which has Scotland’s finest stately home at its heart. Situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Hopetoun is a welcoming and thriving 6,500 acre community with a great deal to offer for living, leisure, entertainment and business all the year round. Hopetoun’s farming enterprise also produces Estate reared beef, lamb and poultry plus wild game sold directly through Hopetoun Farm Shop located on the Estate. The fabulous setting of built and rural heritage provides a unique day out and a magnificent location and venue for hospitality, weddings and outdoor activities including clay pigeon shooting.

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Edinburgh - some ghostly stories! Spooky Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city of many moods and aspects. Its daily modern face is that of a bustling international city famed for its bright and trendy culture and creativity, a city where everything is possible and the future beckons.

But Edinburgh is also a city with a past, It is steeped in history and legend, of fables and legends set firmly in Scotland’s often bloody past.

And this history provides some of the most engrossing and entertaining tourist opportunites of any city in the world and there is no better time to enjoy them than at Hallowe’en when the veil is thin and ghosties and goulies are around every corner ...

Whether you take your chances in the haunted dungeons and underground alleyways of the od town, risk everything in Greyfriars Churchyard, learn about the spooky and terrifiying residents of Mary King’s Close, test your nerve in the subterranean passageways and chambers at Gilmerton Cove or discover the sinister side of Edinburgh’s Old Town, from villains to aristocracy and slums, prisons and execution sites Edinburgh will entrall you in her spooky majesty - but - be prepared to be afraid, very afraid!


31 Market Place, Edinburgh EH1 1DF 0131 240 1041

The Edinburgh Dungeon is the ultimate underground journey through Edinburgh’s darkest history, using live actors, theatrical sets and thrilling rides. Full-on immersive 360 sets; Live actor shows from a professional cast; An underground journey through Scottish history; State of the art theming and special effects; Thrilling underground rides. The shows are laced with tongue in cheek, gallows humour typical of the Dungeon brand.

REAL MARY KING’S CLOSE High Street. EH1 1PG. Experience over 400 years of history right in the heart of the Royal Mile and discover the stories of your character guide. From myths and legends, to deadly plague epidemic, and famous royal visitor - there’s a myriad of tales just waiting to be told in this one hour guided journey.


28 Blair Street, 0131 225 5445

Mercat tours will give you a true sense of Scotland’s past that no guidebook can give – whether haunted or historic. To make sure you can explore every nook and cranny of Edinburgh without missing any of the best sites or stories Mercat have a range of day or evening ghost & history tours covering the Old & New towns, above ground or exclusively, underground! And whether you choose one of our history or ghost tours, you’ll see a side to Scotland’s capital that most visitors miss.


84 West Bow, Victoria Street, EH21 2HH

The award-winning Cadies & Witchery Tours invite you to join our fearless phantoms for a suspenseful and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Step back a few hundred years as Adam Lyal (deceased) and his spooky chums bring the Capital’s grisly past vividly to life. Established in 1984, the Cadies have been scaring people from all over the world almost every single night since, and our walking tours have become one of Edinburgh’s must-see attractions. If you would like a personalised experience, just contact us and tell us about it.


0131 225 9044

Black Hart Entertainment runs the world famous City of the Dead walks in Edinburgh featuring: The Haunted Graveyard Tour, Underground City of the Dead and Double Dead Tours. Their walks are written and researched by the historical author and award winning novelist, J A Henderson and their guides are a mixture of historians and professional entertainers. AND they have sole access to two of the worlds most haunted locations. Damnation Alley, a section of Edinburgh's legendary Underground City and The Covenanters Prison - lair of the infamous Mackenzie Poltergeist - the world's best documented supernatural case.

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Walking Tours in Scotland was established by Liv & Jenny, two people passionate about showing off Scotland's cities to all who visit. Last year they expanded the tours from Glasgow to other cities across Scotland and since then their team of enthusiatic locals has grown but the essence of the tours has remained the same.

Edinburgh Walking Tours

Edinburgh: The Old Town Tour

Connect with a local guide and immerse yourself in the tales and sights of Edinburgh’s Old Town. From its historic roots to modern life in the city today, this leisurely 1.5 hour wander of the cobbled streets and alleyways will give you a great overview and introduction to Scotland’s capital city. The tour will take in the classics, from Edinburgh Castle to the Royal Mile as well as many more hidden secrets only known by our true local experts! Your dedicated guide will taylor the tour to your own interests, so you’ll be sure to learn something new whether you’re visiting for the first time or even live here! Private Tour Only

What better way to explore this iconic city than through the tales and experiences of those who have lived here through the ages. Immerse yourself in Edinburgh’s past, present and future on this 1.5 hour walking tour. Your dedicated local guide will bring to life the stories of famous and lesser known people of Edinburgh’s past and present, their experiences and how key events have shaped the city into the vibrant and lively place you see today. Public & Private Tours Available

Discover our quaint, stunning town on a walking tour with us or with a very special incholm island walking tour (the only tour of its kind!). We run tours every weekend from May-June and every day in Jul & Aug.

There’s so much to see and discover in South Queensferry, from its participation in the war efforts to local stories and folklore. Discover our stunning town on a 1 hour daily tour during the summer, or book a private tour with us today to explore at your own pace! :

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is a great day out for all the family. As host city for so many great sporting and artistic events, the city continually showcases it’s new and vibrant identity.

It only takes a few hours in Glasgow to realise that you are experiencing one of the best places in Europe. The City Centre, Merchant City and West End are vibrant and filled with superb attractions, shopping and great places to eat and amazing entertainment venues.

Regardless of your budget. Glasgow is a must do experience during your stay.

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The best things to see and do in Glasgow


George Square. G1 3BJ T. 0141 204 4400

Open top bus tours. The perfect way to see Glasgow. Tickets valid for two days. Hop on Hop off as often as you like with live or translated commentary available.


Royal Exchange Square. G1 3AH T. 0141 287 3050


11 Mitchell Lane G1 3NU 0141 276 5360 www.the

Scotland’s centre for design and architecture houses permanent exhibitions including Foundation, a unique history of Glasgow, as well as design exhibition and The Lighthouse Shop.


Pacific Quay. G51 1EA. 0141 420 5000

Experience hundreds of fun hands on science exhibits, shows and challenges in an amazing building right on the banks of the River Clyde with fantastic views over the city skyline



Argyle Street. G3 8AG 0141 276 9500



Glasgow is famous for the artists who have worked and studied here. GoMA collects and highlights the interests, influences and working methods artists from around the world share with those from Glasgow


100 Pointhouse Place. G3 8RS T. 0141 357 3699

Glenlee – the only Clydebuilt windjammer still afloat in the UK. Fully restored to her former glory, a visit will take you back in time to experience life in the days of sail on the high seas.




Glasgow Green. G40 1AT 0141 276 0788

The People’s Palace is Glasgow’s social history museum charting the story of the people & city of Glasgow from 1750 to present day. Enjoy historic artefacts telling this fabulous story.



217 Sauchiehall Street. G2 3EX T. 0141 332 7696

Miss Cranston’s original Willow Tea Rooms were designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1903. This iconic building together with the famous tea rooms have been fully restored and are open to the public again.


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Hanpden Park. G42 9BA 0141 616 6139

See more than 2500 exhibits in 14 galleries, walk among footballing legengs in the hall of fame, and take the Stadium Tour.



100 Pointhouse Place. G3 8RS T. 0141 287 2720

A vast collection of Glasgow’s transport heritage assembled under one roof showcases the city’s important contribution to transportation through ship building, locomotive construction and car making.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is one of Scotland’s most popular free attractions. It has 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects. The collections are extensive, wide ranging and internationally significant.



Castle Street. G4 0141 552 8198

The present Cathedral building was consecrated in 1197. Since that same period the Cathedral has never been unroofed and it has been a working church for more than 800 years. The cathedral has a regular and active congregation and very visitor to the city should make a visit.





2 Castle Street. G4 0RH 0141 276 1625

The award-winning St Mungo Museum, named after Glasgow’s patron saint, is home to inspiring displays of artefacts and stunning works of art exploring the importance of religion around the world.




Take a tour with City Sightseeing

Take a trip round Glasgow's Music Scene with Eddi Reader

To celebrate the launching of Visit Scotland’s UNESCO trail City Sightseeing have collaborated with Glasgow Music City Tours and Go Radio to create an all new tour commentary focusing on Glasgow’s vibrant musical history and the best places to experience the music scene today!

Narrated by the multi award winning singer song writer Eddi Reader, the Music Tour will reveal Glasgow’s best music venues, from King Tut’s and the Barrowlands to the OVO Hydro Arena and Glasgow’s close relationship with music throughout history with a range of interesting stories, facts and some insider knowledge from Eddi herself on what exactly makes Glasgow such a wonderful, vibrant and musical city!

Sit back and enjoy this exploration of Glasgow from a different perspective by tuning in on channel 7 of the multilingual commentary which is available all year round. For operating times visit or scan our QR code.

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100 Stobcross Road, Glasgow, G3 8QQ T. 0141 212 1401

Glasgow’s stills are flowing once again at The Clydeside Distillery. Discover how our craftsmen handcraft our whisky the timehonoured way. Experience the stunning views down the River Clyde from our picturesque Still House. See the fascinating history come to life on our Tours and learn about the heyday of Glasgow’s Queen’s Dock. Unwind in our sumptuous Clydeside Café with platters and whisky flights. Browse our selection of rare and regional malts in our Whisky Shop.





G4 9XP T. 07415 787260

Come and try your hand at wakeboarding on the canal! Based at Pinkston Watersports, we offer a system 2.0 wakeboard park which allows the wakeboarder to ride continuously, turning at each end of the canal basin. To challenge you we have four obstacles in the water for trying out varying levels of tricks. Whether you are trying wakeboarding for the first time or are perfecting your latest trick we offer the ideal environment in an urban location. We are open from March to October.


G4 9XE

The Loading Bay is the latest addition to Glasgow’s new alternative urban sports playground. The impressive facility spans 30,000ft and incorporates a street plaza, 60ft long bowl, movable modular ramps and a training room with gymnastics flooring, trampolines, foam pits and a café.


Bellahouston Park, Dumbreck Road, G41 5BW T. 0141 483 1600

Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover provides an excellent cultural attraction and tourist destination, while also being one of the city’s finest wedding and events venues. The House is home to the popular Art Lovers Café, Gallery and Shop, and within the grounds you will also find the Studio Pavilion and Heritage Centre as well as a beautiful Walled Garden. The Art Lover’s Café is open 10am until 4pm every day with morning bites from 10am, Lunch from noon and Afternoon Tea from 2pm.


G4 9XP T. 0141 332 5636

Pinkston Watersports is a unique paddlesports centre with Scotland’s only artificial whitewater course. Come and visit us to take part in rafting, kayaking, canoeing or stand up paddleboarding. We welcome groups for corporate events, birthdays, community activities, stag and hen parties. You will find all these incredible pursuits in our urban setting.

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156a/158 Buchanan Street, G1 2LL 0141 566 4083 services/glasgow-icentre

At the VisitScotland iHub you can make bookings for accommodation across Scotland, and journeys on Citylink buses or Calmac ferries. Visitors can also purchase tickets for the local sightseeing bus and trips to different destinations in Scotland, as well as various local and national attractions and events.


21 Bath Street G2 1HW

0141 333 1356

Maia Gifts are specialists in Unique and Quirky Gift Ideas! They have gifts for just about every occasion and since opening in 2009 have become one of Glasgow’s favourite stores. Maia Gifts was awarded Best Independent Retailer in Glasgow. Trading ethically they do not stock animal products.


The Glasgow Subway is an underground rapid transit line in Glasgow, Scotland. Opened on 14 December 1896, it is the third-oldest underground system in the world after the London Underground and the Budapest Metro. It is also one of the very few railways in the world with a track running gauge of 4ft (1,219 mm). Formerly a cable railway, the Subway was later electrified, but its twin circular lines were never expanded.


George Square. G2 1DU 0141 287 2000

Glasgow City Chambers is one of the most important and prestigious buildings in the city. It is an impressive symbol of Glasgow’s political strength and historical wealth. The interior boasts stunning architecture as well as beautiful ornate staircases and stairs.



225 Scotland Street. G5 8QB

0141 287 0500

Scotland Street School is a must-see for fans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and tells the story of education in Scotland from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.


Great Places to Eat in Glasgow


70 Mitchell Street. G1 3LX 0141 258 1650

Sugo Pasta in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, is a bustling open space restaurant with over 200 seats where diners can watch chefs produce fresh pasta and cook in the open kitchen.




35 Hope Street G2 6AE : 0141 221 9160

For over 40 years La Lanterna has been delighting customers old and new with its rich authentic Italian cuisine. Glasgow’s oldest family run Italian restaurant.

50 Queen Street. G1 3DS 0141 204 4200

Glasgow’s original noodle restaurant serving Japanese dishes freshly prepared. Menu includes rice, noodle, soup dishes, sushi and bento boxes.




81-85 Renfield St. G2 1LP 0141 332 6151


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44 West George Street. G2 1DH 0141 354 5154

Centrally located, with 3 floors, 6 bars and 9 different areas, Waxy’s is unique. Waxy’s is home to live sport shown on big screens and fabulous food served all day.


The Raven is a vibrant gastropub serving freshly slow smoked food prepared and smoked on the premises. There is a wide menu choice and a fantastic craft beers.

161 West Nile Street G1 2RL 0141 352 8310.

At the heart of Glasgow’s Theatreland the city’s original Mediterranean Brasserie continues to thrive and the menus offer excellent value with tantalising cuisine.


BUCHANAN ST R/Concert Hall


Hope Street. G2 3PS 0141 332 6002

Authentic classic Indian cuisine with a Scottish twist. You can also enjoy rabbit or venison curry and pheasant tikka along with better known dishes.





30 Bothwell Street. G2 6NU. 0141 457 7100

An authentic German Bierhalle. The ONLY place serving 24 German beers on tap together with a fantastic food menu. An Oompah band on Sats & dj Fri & Sat.


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62 Miller Street, G1 1DT T. 0141 248 4165

All day contemporary cuisine and Scotland's greatest bar gantry offering an unrivalled selection of spirits, liqueurs, cocktails, wines and craft beers.



179 Buchanan Street. G1 2JZ 0141 353 8790

Hard Rock Glasgow has brought its classic rock themed experience to a welcoming audience. Enjoy classic Hard Rock burgers, cocktails and the amazing rock memorabilia on display.



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Welcome to Glasgow, it’s a wonderful city, and we’re proud to be Glasgow’s biggest bus operator with services connecting you with popular attractions.

Travelling with First Bus around Greater Glasgow is easy. We offer a wide range of tickets to suit your needs, whether you’re visiting for a day, a weekend or a week. Many of our customers buy their bus tickets on the First Bus App. We still accept cash but we operate exact fare only and our drivers cannot give change. We hope you have a great time exploring Glasgow’s many attractions by bus.


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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Services: 2, 3, 8, 77, 90, M4

Glasgow Cathedral, Provand’s Lordship & St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art Services: 19, 38/A/B/C/E, 57/57A, 41, 90, X3, X11, X85, X90

The Burrell Collection, Pollok House & Pollok Country Park Services: 3, 34/34A, 57/57A, 59

Glasgow Botanic Gardens& Kibble Palace Services: *4/4A, 6, 6A, 8, 90 (*short walk)

People’s Palace Services: 2, 18, 46, 60/60A, 61, 64, 65, 240, 255, 263

House for an Art Lover & Bellahouston Park Services: 9/9A, 10, 34/34A, 59, 90

Holmwood House/ Linn Park Services: 4/4A, 6, *75 (*short walk)

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery Services: 2, 3, 4/4A, 6, 6A, 8, 77, 90, M4

The Necropolis Services: 19, 38/A/B/C/E, 57/57A, 41, 90, X3, X11, X85, X87

Tennents Wellpark Brewery Services: 41, 90

Ibrox Stadium Services: 9, 9A, 10, 90

Celtic Park Services: 2, 43, 60/60A, 61, 64, 240, 255

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Silverburn Services: 3, X8, 10, 49, 57

Glasgow Fort Services: 19, 38/38A, 46, 43, 60/60A

Braehead Shopping Centre & XSite Braehead Services: 9A, 77, 90

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Glasgow's usic cene Glasgow: Music Nonstop

As the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music, it’s hardly a surprise that Glasgow has many amazing music venues across the city.

From gigs in bars to incredible shows in city parks, Glasgow is a hotspot for live music and is a must visit destination for music lovers regeradless of whether they are into the current sounds, classical music, rock or rap and folk everything is available in Glasgow.

Glasgow: Music Nonstop showcases the energy and vibrancy of the city's unrivalled music offer and legendary music scene.

Councillor David McDonald, Chairman of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow

City Council, said: "From Celtic Connections to TRNSMT and every genre in between, our legendary music scene offers something for every fan."

Piero Marcuccilli, Lead Singer of Voodoos, said: “From my time playing and attending gigs, I can safely say there’s no better place for a gig than Glasgow.

"The crowds are always electric and the atmosphere tops everywhere else in the UK – I’m sure even all the top artists would agree. There’s something different about Glasgow crowds and it’s one of the main things that inspired me to get into music.”

Glasgow has been home to many world famous names including Lonnie Donegan, Andy Stewart, Amy Macdonald, Lulu, Bert Jansch, Jim Diamond, Jim Kerr, Eddie Reader, Billy Connolly, Jon Fratelli, Maggie Reilly, Maggie Bell, Lewis Capaldi, John Paul Young, Midge Ure, KT Tunstall, Donovan, Horse and many more.

The bands who have called Glasgow home include Aereogramme, Altered Images, Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura, Deacon Blue, Del Amitri, Franz Ferdinand, The Fratellis, Frightened Rabbit, Glasvegas, Gun, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Dire Straits, Loki, The Marmalade, Frankie Miller, Slik, Ultravox, Simple Minds, Travis, Primal Scream, Simple Minds and Mogwai.

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Planning to enjoy the fun in the UNESCO City of Music? Check-in to a music themed hotel



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Be surrounded by music memorabilia in the Ibis Styles Glasgow Central, which has music murals and vinyl displays. For business trips or leisurely pleasure, ibis Glasgow City Centre puts everything within easy reach, including the SSE Hydro Complex, SEC Armadillo, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Sauchiehall Street ... and one of the best night's out you've ever had. Our hotel is kitted out with modern décor and staffed by some of Glasgow's finest people, so you can explore this buzzing cultural hub with all the creature comforts you need, at prices that suit your budget.


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Voco Grand Central is Located at the very heart of the city, directly adjoining Glasgow Central station, voco® Glasgow Grand Central occupies one of the city’s most historic and impressive buildings. With an abundance of historical grandeur and a guest list to match, over the years they've played host to everyone: from politicians such as Winston Churchill to Hollywood stars like Frank Sinatra. Awarded the Best Hotel Bar in Glasgow at the 2019 Best Bar None awards, Champagne Central bar is the go-to place for glamorous cocktails for guests and locals alike. Take afternoon tea in the Champagne Lounge or enjoy a cocktail (or two) while you people-watch across the station concourse and enjoy great Glaswegian hospitality.


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For cool and central, try Radisson Blu, with its music-themed illustrations and photography. Opened in 2002 and designed by pioneering Glasgow-based architects Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow is a striking building, known for its sculptural copper wall that runs down Argyle Street. Choose from any of its carefully created rooms and suites and enjoy first-class amenities such as free Wi-Fi plus bathrobes and slippers. Guests also have easy access to many scenic running trails and direct access to Glasgow’s instant bike rental service directly outside the hotel. Radisson Blu is well situated for business, too. The hotel's exceptional meeting facilities are some of the best in the city.

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We invite you to take time to reflect, reconnect and reawaken your senses within our iconic landscapes, welcoming accommodation and cosy bars and restaurants – all easily accessible but a world away from everyday life
Use this map & guide to get the best out of your visit to Loch Lomond & Clyde Sea Lochs. Continue the journey and find more ideas and information at

Loch Lomond & The Clyde Sea Lochs ...


10 things to see and do Food & Drink Campsite Caravans Information Point Fuel Train Station Cycle Hire Golf
to see and do BClimb the Cobbler and enjoy the beautiful village of Arrochar. C
a cruise on the loch from Tarbet with Cruise Loch Lomond.
or climb Ben Lomond for amazing views of Loch Lomond.
a few days on the variety of superb golf courses throughout the area ... courses as beautiful as they are challenging.
Luss village, enjoy local food & drink, walk on the beach. Take a cruise from Luss Pier.
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Highland Way Route Three Lochs Way Route Cowal Way Route John Muir Way Route Cycle Path Major Roads Minor Roads GTake a coastal tour of Helensburgh and the Clyde Sea Lochs, Cove and Kilcreggan. H
the aquarium at Loch Lomond Shores, sail with Sweeney’s Cruises or enjoy some shopping. IExplore Balmaha or take a boat trip JEnjoy a village walk in Drymen. KEnjoy a tour and taste at the Glengoyne Distillery.

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BALLOCH is the gateway to Loch Lomond and the truly stunning beauty that is the area around Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

Getting here is easy. Balloch is less than forty minutes from Glasgow Airport and has good bus links as well as a regular, half hourly direct train service from Glasgow Queen Street Station.

Balloch is a thriving, bustling village where you can enjoy a great range of activities.

Visit Balloch Country Park, enjoy a loch cruise with frequent departures throughout the day or simply wander into the lovely shops and restaurants along the main street. Take a short walk along to Loch Lomond Shores where you will find shopping, dining and family fun.

Cardross is one of Helensburgh and Lomond’s hidden gems. Not immediatly obvious as a fruitful stopping place Cardross actually offers great value for time spent with a wealth of wonderful history and options for sport and great dining thrown in. Included in the package are the wonderful old parish church ruined by a stray bomb during the Clydebank Blitz,

the once magnificent brutalist St Peter’s Seminary and the wonderful medieval St Mahew’s Chapel which is still in use. On a less ecclesiastical note there is the beautifully situated Carman Trout Fishery, Cardross Golf Club, the National Trust for Scotland’s Geilston Gardens and the quaint Geilston Hall which is now thought to be an early C R Mackintosh design.

OVERLOOKING the River Clyde, the towns of Dumbarton and Clydebank were both noted for their shipbuilding – a story told at the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank in Dumbarton.

Dumbarton’s shipbuilding heritage includes the building of the famous clipper ‘Cutty Sark’. Dumbarton Castle on its fortified rock has long guarded the Clyde approaches. A ruined chapel in the grounds of Levengrove Park boasts the final resting place of part of the remains of Robert the Bruce whose home was once

nearby and the town also lays claim to the bard Robert Burns who was made Freeman of the Burgh.

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HELENSBURGH is approximately 20 miles north west of Glasgow. Sir James Colquhoun designed the town in 1780 and named it after his wife Helen.

An elegant town, with streets laid out in a grid pattern many of which are tree-lined, the most notable ones with Japanese Cherry.

Helensburgh has an outstanding collection of houses designed by famous architects including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Leiper and Honeyman. Mackintosh’s Hill House is the most well known and sits high above the Clyde

commanding fine views over the estuary. Other famous local connections include Henry Bell who pioneered the steamship “Comet”, whose maiden voyage was from Helensburgh to Greenock.

The original fly-wheel memorial can be seen on the east seafront esplanade. John Logie Baird, the inventor of television was born here, and a memorial to him can be found on the seafront.

As well as being steeped in history and culture, Helensburgh is now rated as one of Scotlands best “Foodie” destinations where dining delights of all genres can be found in plentiful supply

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8 What’s On Loch Lomond Shores Shop, Eat, Play ...


Market Day is on the first and third Sunday of each month, and alongside the superb products there are a range of great entertainment. Come along for a free family day out.


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Dive in and be wowed by the strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep as you journey through the amazing underwater world.


High in the trees at Loch Lomond Shores, TreeZone is the ultimate Aerial Adventure Course ... Zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tight-ropes, scramble nets, white knuckle bridges and gap jumps are set among ancient Caledonian Pines. This is an unforgettable high ropes activity for adults, kids, groups, families or for a corporate event.


Have been qoperating on Loch Lomond, at Luss Rowardennan and Loch lomond Shores, since 2001 and they offer activities for all ages and every occasion including: Luxury Speedboat Tours, Boat Hire and Boat Charter, Watersports, Outdoor Activities, Stag Parties, Hen Parties, Corporate Entertainment, Special Occasion Packages, Wedding Boats and Kids Parties as well as Speedboat Tours, Pedal Boat & Rowing Boat hire, Waterski, Wakeboard, Wake Surf, Kneeboard, Ringo & Banana Boat, Kayak, Stand Up Paddleboarding, SUP, Canoe & Katakanu. Their bike hire service offers Adult, Children, Toddler, Child Seat, Tow-Attachment, and Trailer. Due to Covid all activites have to be pre-booked at


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For a unique experience visit the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre. Learn about the individual birds and stand six feet from a Golden Eagle! Watch the birds training or flying and learn about conservation.


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Enjoy a short scenic cruise departing from the dock in front of the main mall. Cruises operate daily throughout the Summer period. Find out more by checking the Sweeney’s website for full details of these all all their other Loch Lomond departures.


No trip to Loch Lomond shores is complete without a walk through The Mall to browse the offers and limited edition products available from boutique shops and big brand designer names. From independent stores selling designer jewellery and watches, handmade gifs, candles to shoes, outdoor clothing, equipment and sportswear, there’s something for everybody regardless of your budget!

Stores now open include: Frasers, Sports Direct, Catherine Kinloch by Pavers, Hawkshead, Loch Lomond News, Keep Sakes, Lachlan on the Shores, Leading Labels and Loch Lomond Jewellers. Full details on all stores at www.

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