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Travelling to Edinburgh this Weekend? Be Sure Not to Miss These Places!

By Kach Umandap October 1st, 2017 Posted in Destination, Europe Travel Blog, Travel Blog No comments

Whether you are travelling to Scotland by yourself or with your family this weekend, there are important places that you must visit to ensure your journey over the weekend to Edinburgh is thrilling, exciting, and fulfilling.

The historical and cultural attractions of Edinburgh put it at the top of the ladder when it comes to tourism. Visit the following places this weekend to enjoy an experiential history of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle

It is Scotland’s most visited and most famous landmark. Highlights of a visit to the castle include the Scottish National War Memorial, collection of Crown jewels in the Royal Palace, Stone of Destiny purportedly stolen by Edward I before its return in 1996. To enjoy more time touring the castle, purchase an Edinburgh Skip the line ticket.

Blair Street Underground Vaults

The tour of this underground vaults is organized by Mercat Tours who delights visitors with horror and gory tales of residents who lived in the underground world beneath the city streets’ 100 years ago.   You can also join a tour of the Old Town where you can also learn and be entertained with different tales to sweeten your weekend.

Edinburgh Zoo

Photo by Andy Hay CC BY 2.0

The zoo is home to more than 1000 wild animals which is more than enough to give a family a fantastic day out. Animals in Edinburgh zoo include giant pandas, flamingos, penguins, zebras, banteng, Koalas, and Chimpanzees. You can also listen to talks on different animals from the expert zoo keepers.

National Museum of Scotland

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Museum of Scotland by morebyless / CC BY 2.0

In the National Museum of Scotland, you will learn, discover and explore different cultures from around the world. The collection of art, exhibitions, displays, and games will make your weekend well-spent in Edinburgh. The stunning building itself will amaze your imaginations.

The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament modern building is open to visitors from Monday to Saturdays. It means, you can quickly step into the building for a free tour on Saturday to learn about the history and work of the parliament.

The Palace of Holyrood

Museum of Scotland by Brian Holsclaw / CC BY-ND 2.0

This is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, however part of the palace is open to the public. Take an opportunity to trace the historical link between Scotland and England when you visit the meeting place of the Queen and Duke of Scotland. You can also view the Throne Room, the Morning Drawing Room, and Queen of Scot’s Chambers.

The Scott Monument

It is the world’s largest monument erected in honour of a writer, Sir Walter Scott. If you can scale the 287 steps to the top, you will enjoy a breath-taking view of Edinburgh.

The Museum of Childhood

Museum of Scotland by Jenni Douglas / CC BY 2.0

You can travel down memory lane this weekend by visiting the museum of childhood. Combined with the museum shop, hands-on activities and a puppet theatre, the museum guarantees you a memorable visit.


Edinburgh has much to offer a willing traveller. As you travel this weekend to Edinburgh, know that you can’t cover all the monuments, tourist attractions, historical churches, and parks in Edinburgh but while jaunting from place of interest to another learn all you can before returning to a hotel in the heart of Edinburgh to relax and soak in everything you’ve learnt.

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.