Five Unknown Edinburgh Tourist Spots

There are thousands of tourist attractions throughout Britain, Wales and Scotland that a person can enjoy; however, one city stands out above the rest: Edinburgh. It is the home of numerous historical sites that date back at least 2,000 years, as well as being close to Loch Ness, the home of the infamous Loch Ness Monster, also known as Nessie. There are many types of HotelClub accommodation in Edinburgh and whatever sort you choose, you are providing yourself with a great base from which to tour the city and surrounding area.

While there are many sights to see in Edinburgh that are in the travel guides and tour maps, the Scottish capital also has some attractions that are off the beaten track. While you may have heard of some of the five attractions that will be pointed out here, these places are not the normal tourist haunts.

Camera Obscura is one of the lesser known attractions in this old city and you can reach it within minutes of any of the Edinburgh hotels. This museum has been in existence for more than 150 years. It is located in a rooftop chamber in one of the many Victorian homes in Edinburgh, and it features a 360-degree view of the city through mirrors, lenses and sunshine.

The museum is essentially a very large pin-hole camera that projects different views of Edinburgh, right down to the lorries and buses on the street, onto a concave white table for you to see; a very unique way to see the city.

Before you leave your hotel for the next attraction, make sure you have your trainers laced up tight and an anorak in your pack. Arthur’s Seat is somewhere you will definitely want to take in when you visit Edinburgh. Make sure you have a cloudless day for this climb as the view from this hillside is definitely worth the exercise. It does get chilly at the top, which is why we suggested you bring a jacket with you. Don’t forget to bring your camera, the panoramic view is picture worthy and your family and friends will enjoy seeing this bird’s eye view of Edinburgh when you get back home.

The Scott Monument is another attraction that will have you walking, so trainers are a must when you visit Edinburgh. This attraction has been called a ‘gothic rocket ship’ and the 287 steps to the top helps to perpetuate this nickname. While you may never have heard of it before, the Scott Monument has been featured in movies such as The Illusionist. If you have seen this movie, then you will know exactly where you are headed when you leave your hotel.

No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without visiting the Scottish Parliament building. While this may not sound like an unusual attraction in the city, it actually is. This building is one of the most visually striking buildings in Edinburgh as well as perhaps the most controversial. The architect developed the building as a reflection of the Scottish people and their national identity, which incorporates nature all around them. It is definitely something that must be experienced and you will want to take plenty of pictures to show friends and family back home.

Finally, Edinburgh is lucky to have numerous outdoor activities to enjoy, including quite a few beaches. Most people do not think of Edinburgh as being a place where you would enjoy some fun in the sun, but many people flock to the beaches of Edinburgh when it’s hot and the sun is shining high in the sky. Before you leave the city, make sure you visit these beaches; you will be glad you did as they offer something for everyone.

Portobello Beach is located just three miles from the centre of Edinburgh. It offers visitors a beautiful Victorian promenade and the beach is sandy, unlike some of the pebble beaches on the coast of England. The little town that has grown up around the beach is relaxed and laid back, and the kids will enjoy the old fashioned arcade located at the end of the promenade. It is a great place for a dip or a quiet walk.

Aberlady Bay is a secluded beach that is reached by walking along a wooden boardwalk. It is a sandy beach that is not normally crowded due to the 40 minute walk you must take to get there. The wooden boardwalk actually takes you through a nature reserve, allowing you the opportunity to see a variety of flora and fauna as you head to the beach. This is a nice place to have a picnic, relax and enjoy the weather. The walk is not conducive to small children, so you may want to skip this if you have little ones.

Cramond is one of the most popular beaches in Edinburgh and it recently was cleaned up and made a very attractive family place. It offers visitors a large promenade to enjoy and if you catch it at low tide, you can walk out to Cramond Island. It takes about 20 minutes to make this walk, so keep an eye on the tides or you might get stuck there until the next low tide.

Gullane Bents is a small town just outside of Edinburgh that has a long, golden sand beach that is surrounded by lush grasslands. This beach is well maintained and is a congregation point for surfers during the year when the conditions are right. This is a perfect place for a walk along the sand or a quick dip in the water.

Finally, Yellowcraigs is a beach that cannot be missed. This is the beach that was the inspiration for Treasure Island and it has been given numerous awards by Conde Nast. It is a golden sand beach with an adventure playground and barbeque pit, making it the perfect place for a family day.

Edinburgh is a great destination for a holiday, whether you want outdoor activities or tourist attractions; and with many hotels in Edinburgh city centre it couldn’t be easier to explore this wonderful city and its surrounding area.

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