The Scottish Summer is very similar to our national animal: the unicorn. It is a beautiful and powerful beast that blesses all who see it – but finding it can be a challenge. Edinburgh blooms into life under the sweltering sunshine, making the summer one of the greatest times to visit the capital city. Here are 5 activities we greatly recommend doing under the blue skies.
1) Explore Edinburgh Castle
It’s no secret that the dramatic setting of Edinburgh Castle, situated on top of Castle Rock, is one of the most iconic sights in Edinburgh. Built on top of a 700 million year old extinct volcano, the castle has been around since at least the 12th century and is now one of the major tourist attractions. Although it makes a fantastic day out in any and all weathers, we really recommend you spend a few hours here during the summer. There are plenty of outdoor areas so you can even catch the rays while you explore.
2) Take a walk around Inverleith Park
Edinburgh is full of beautiful walks in and out of the sun, but we think that the popular Inverleith Park is worth a visit during the summer. The park hosts over 400 events a year, and even has 3 football, 4 rugby and 6 seven-a-side pitches. There is also a children’s play park making it the perfect family day out. You can even take in a view while you sunbathe – from certain parts of the park you can get a view of the entire skyline, including the castle and Arthur’s Seat. Simply look for the hordes of fellow sunbathers to find the best places.
3) Go on a Running Tour
If you’re into your fitness it’s an ideal time to go on a run around the city and learn about its history. EMF Running Tours allow you to dive into the history, characters and scenery of this beautiful city and encourage you to get fit while you do it! Whether you are completely new to running or are a marathon winner, the tours accommodate all levels of ability and let you get up close and personal with Edinburgh. And even better – our guests can now enjoy 10% off the price of the tour!Photo courtesy of EMF Running Tours
4) Refresh in a Summer Beer Garden
Sometimes in the warmer weather the best idea is just to chill out in a beer garden or outdoor restaurant and watch as the world goes by. Edinburgh has a great range to choose from depending on your palette, including Akva (10% off food and drink when you stay with us), Tigerlily (20% off food when you stay with us), Lebowskis, The Outhouse and more. If you head along to the Grassmarket, an area renowned for it’s fantastic variety of bars and restaurants, then you’ll be spoiled for choice. Check out our recommended bars and restaurants for more ideas; if you’re our guest then you can enjoy discounts at all of these locations!
5) Discover the City
There are endless activities and adventures for you to enjoy across Edinburgh. The sunshine is the perfect time to get to know the Scottish capital and find your own way around. Explore the Princes Street Gardens, spend a day at Camera Obscura, explore Edinburgh Dungeons, or simply go on a relaxing walk – however you choose to spend your time in the sun make sure that you enjoy it.
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