Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh, is a beautiful, historic city with lots of attractions for the visitor to see. Most other tours of the city concentrate on the small, central part of the city whilst neglecting the places that the locals only know and like to relax and unwind in.
Let me show these hidden gems of Edinburgh along with the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Towns! This is not a set tour. Below is a list of areas that can be covered.
You could start going round the cobbled, winding Streets of the Old Town, telling you tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie, or Mary Queen of Scots. From Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile to the New Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace at the bottom, it really is a road steeped in history!
This contrasts with the Georgian splendour of the New Town, with Scotland's First Ministers official residence Bute House at the Robert Adam designed Charlotte Square. Along George Street and down into the second phases of the New Town with the grand Great King Street, Royal Circus and Moray Place.
Dean Village, even though just minutes from the busy city centre, is a picturesque village of old converted mills on the Water of Leith, with the towering Dean Bridge crossing the valley. There is a delightful walk along the riverbank east to Stockbridge or west to the Gallery of Modern Art and Dean Gallery. Dean Cemetery is the final resting place of the good, great and wealthy of Edinburgh, with some stunning tombstones and monuments. Donaldson School for the deaf is a stunning piece of Victorian architecture that Queen Victoria herself was reputed to want to purchase but had her offer politely refused!
Holyrood Park is a real gem of an area, next to the Palace of Holyrood House. Arthur's Seat is the remains of the volcanic activity that shaped this area and with the walk to the top you are reward with outstanding views of Edinburgh and it's surroundings. The park area also has 3 small lochs, medieval ruins and is great to walk or drive around, with the gentle stroll along Salisbury Crags one of the most rewarding in the city. Edinburgh's oldest pub, The Sheep's Heid Inn, who's past visitors include Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, is hidden away in the quaint village of Duddingston (next to the park) and is a real hidden gem with its own skittle ally!
Edinburgh's own beach is at Portobello, a favourite walk for the locals along this often overlooked stroll. Leith is the port of Edinburgh and has a great selection of bars and restaurants, often in converted warehouses. The former Royal Yacht Brittania is now bearthed at Leith. Continuing along the Firth of Forth and Leith to Cramond, with its quaint white washed buildings and cracking wee pub, The Cramond Inn serving great food. Nearby is one of Edinburgh's less well known castles, Lauriston Castle. This is a 1590s tower house set in stunning gardens with great views of the countryside and hills of Fife.