Amazing Attractions for Anyone Sailing into Edinburgh's Port

The port of Edinburgh is situated in the far north of the city in an area called Leith and, truth be told, it’s a short trip from the world famous Old Town and the hustle and bustle of the city center so all of the city center attractions are a short taxi or bus ride from the port. However, you don't need to travle so far to find some great places of interest.

The jewel in Leith's crown is the Royal Yacht Britannia. If you want a glimpse of the opulent life of royalty it is an unmissable treat. You can see the Queen's quarters,the royal drawing room, and you can even take afternoon tea on the royal deck.

There are numerous lovely parks and walks near to the port, but for a more active experience you could try your hand at rock climbing at Alien Rock. This purpose build attraction is great fun for beginners and experts alike and is only a short hop from the port.

Edinburgh has a wide selection of museums and art galleries for those looking for a more relaxed and cultured day out. The National Gallery of Modern Art houses a fascinating collection and the grounds are both beautiful and serene.

You'll find the National Gallery of Modern Art housed in a stunning neo-classical building in the west of the New Town. It was originally a school, built in the 19th century. The sizable grounds are a perfect home for an interesting mixture of...  Read More

Royal Botanic Gardens
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Any plant or flower, rare and common, can be seen and enjoyed at the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was originally developed as a learning conservatory for students, but it has grown to become an example to the world. The rock garden, arboretum, and...  Read More

Urban Paintball is Edinburgh's first and only indoor paintball experience. Since it first opened in it has been gaining a reputation for fast, frenetic yet friendly fun. Well aware that paintball courses can sometimes be rather off putting for...  Read More

A stone's throw from the center of Edinburgh lies the serene and beautiful Dean Village. Once separate from the city, Dean Village was the site of a series of water mills and remnants of this industry can still be seen today in the carved stone...  Read More

Discover how the wealthy lived in 18th century Edinburgh. This stunning townhouse was designed by the supremely talented architect, Robert Adam, in 1791. Charlotte Square was an exclusive New Town address and it has been carefully restored by...  Read More

The Water of Leith Walkway is an idyllic and tranquil path and cycle track which snakes its way through the heart of Edinburgh. The walkway passes numerous beauty spots and places of interest including Saughton Winter Gardens, Colinton Village...  Read More

Trinity House was built in 1816 (on the site of a medieval mariners hospital dating to the 1500's) as the home of the Incorporation of Shipowners and Shipmasters, a charity dedicated to supporting injured and retired seamen and their families. ...  Read More

The ceramic experience is an award-winning visitor attraction located on Ocean Drive, close to Ocean Terminal in Leith. The attraction combines a ceramic painting workshop with a delightful cafe and a soft play area. Visitors can select from a...  Read More

Alien Rock was the first dedicated indoor climbing arena in Scotland and remains a very popular attraction with expert and novice climbers. Built into the shell of the former church building, Alien One is a an intricate climbing space with...  Read More

The Royal Family used this yacht as a means of transportation to places all over the world. After 968 royal journeys, ownership changed hands. The boat now belongs to and is maintained by The Royal Yacht "Britannia" Trust. Today visitors can...  Read More


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Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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