I traveled to Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland with my three children for the very first time back in 2006 to see my eldest son perform at the Fringe Festival and would definitely go back in no time.  A populous city full of heritage, culture and festivals – another city that never sleeps!

Take a leisurely walk around the city center to explore the World Heritage Sites of Old and New Town, museums and galleries.  Also, don’t miss the Edinburgh Castle, which was a stronghold and royal palace.  If your schedule is flexible, the perfect time to visit would be during The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August.

Be sure to visit the Royal Mile, which was Queen Elizabeth II’s royal palace in Scotland.  Walk through the cobblestone alleys where you can find cafes, pubs and souvenirs to bring back home.

If you are a hiker, climb up Arthur’s Seat, a dormant volcano where you can enjoy a fabulous view of the city.

If you’re interested in history with a touch of spookiness, take a ghost tour where you can literally see the depth of the city.

Enjoy teatime with scones at the famous Harry Potter’s Elephant House and stop by a traditional pub.  Make sure to try the Haggis, a traditional dish made with minced sheep offal, oats and local herbs. And of course, be sure to sit down and relax with some Scotch Whisky! 

If timing is right, make sure to experience the Horse Show.  You will definitely be amazed!

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is one of the leading arts and comedy festivals in the world! Held during August and known for unearthing the next generation of talent, you can walk through Old Town and visit pop-up tents and even experience shows on the streets.  Jump in and join the Ceilidh, a Gaelic dance event including the Highland Fling and the Flying Scotsman.

Another must-see is the National Museum of Scotland where you can explore the diversity of the nature world, art, design, culture and technology.

3 miles north of Edinburgh is the Royal Yacht Britannia where Queen Elizabeth II resided. You can also walk around the largest shopping mall in Edinburgh as well as Leith Market where you can pick up goodies to bring home!