Things To Do in Edinburgh & Edinburgh Airport Layover Ideas
Things to do in Edinburgh if you have a Edinburgh Airport Layover or Extended Edinburgh Airport Stopover
If you have an extended layover at the Edinburgh Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Edinburgh.LayoverIdeas.com
Edinburgh is a vibrant and atmospheric city with so much on offer that a short layover will not afford the time to soak up all the culture and ambiance. Here are a few not to be missed places to visit if your time in Edinburgh is short. You are sure to want to head back to this city for more.
Leading down the hill from Edinburgh Castle lies the Royal Mile. As steeped in regal history as it is in the underworld of ages past the Royal Mile holds many secrets of grave diggers and torture chambers and was once home to over 70000 people. The squalor that came from so many people in such a small place was only cleared up in the late 1800s and restored to its former glory. It is certainly worth a visit if you have time to kill in Edinburgh.
The Real Mary King’s Close
Hidden from view under the Royal Mile lies a warren of hidden closes where real people once lived, worked and died just as those above ground did. There are many myths and urban legends about Mary King’s Close so, whether to see life in Scotland as it was centuries ago, or to decide for yourself what happened in this Scottish underworld, Mary King’s Close will hold some fascination for everyone.
Loch Ness Experience
If Scotland is famous for anything, the Loch Ness Monster certainly has to be top of the list. A trip to the Loch Ness Centre will lead you through 7 themed areas and 500 million years of history, natural mystery and legend revealing the unique environment of Loch Ness and the famous Nessie legend in the form of a hi-tech multi-media presentation. This is a great way to spend a few hours if you are in Edinburgh for a short layover and will hold the interest of even the greatest doubters.
Edinburgh is a shoppers paradise with every type of shopping experience available from high street shops to malls packed to the brim with designer attire, the latest gadgets and eateries from around the globe. If you prefer to shop local style then the latest in Scottish fashion can be found on the Royal Mile or for some really quirky souvenirs the historic Grassmarket in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle is the place to go.
As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to EDI Edinburgh Airport in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.
Make use of an entrance ticket to Linlithgow Palace near Edinburgh and discover one of Scotland's finest royal palaces at your own pace. Set atop a mound overlooking Linlithgow Loch, the former Stuart royal residence has remained roofless and uninhabited since it was ravaged by a fire in the 18th century. Stroll along the cobbled walkways and make your own way from room to room. Explore the great hall, court kitchen, royal chapel and more, before taking in exquisite views across Scotland from Queen Margaret's Bower.
Join our Afternoon Underground Ghost Tour and hear about the rich history and stories of Scotland's past as told by one of our deceased Ghost guides. Be plunged into darkness when entering out underground and take a rest from the busy streets above.
Bring your family and friends and discover Thirlestane Castle, one of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland. Dating back to the 16th century, Thirlestane Castle not only has a beautiful fairytale exterior, it also contains many fascinating details and stories inside. In the grand state rooms, you will find some of the finest decorative plasterwork ceilings in Europe, as well one of the most extensive family collections of portraits and busts in Scotland, fine furnishings, and Maitland family treasures. Children will enjoy exploring the old family nurseries, historic toy collection, woodland walk and adventure playground.
<p>If you traveled back in time to 1850, you would recognise life in Edinburgh, but if you went back to 1750, you very likely wouldn't. What happened in those 100 years that not only changed the face of Scotland, but indeed the world’</p><p>This period in Scottish history influenced the golden era of the Enlightenment like no other. Edinburgh had the highest literacy rate in the world and was the place that Sir Walter Scott, John Knoxx and Alexander Graham Bell called home. It also was the birthplace of seminal inventions like the telephone, anaesthesia and even the world's first fire brigade. <br /><br />Join us on this 2.5 hour walking tour of the New Town of Edinburgh, Meet us in front of Starbucks Coffee on High Street by Tron Kirk. Just look for the team in red T-shirts!.</p>
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Discover Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott; one of Scotland’s most fascinating places. Created almost 200 years ago on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, Abbotsford was the culmination of Scott’s creative ambitions as a writer and the fount of his inspiration. Explore the historic house and discover a treasure trove of intriguing objects and unusual artefacts which inspired Scott’s greatest poems and novels.
Visit the Celts exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Organised in partnership with the British Museum in London, the exhibition unravels the complex story of the different groups who have used or been given the name 'Celts' through the extraordinary art objects they made and used. Featuring more than 300 treasured objects from across the UK and Europe, assembled together in Scotland for the first time, this is a unique opportunity to explore the idea of 'Celts' as one of the fundamental building blocks of European history. During your visit, make sure to explore the rest of the National Museum of Scotland. As the UK's most popular museum outside London, the museum's diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature, world cultures, science and decorative art - all under one roof.<em><br /></em>
<p>Take a look at Edinburgh's dark side, including tales of witchcraft, plague and torture on this Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh. Visit the scenes of many horrific tortures, murders and supernatural happenings as you walk along eerie alleyways an creepy courtyards of the Old Town. Your ghostly guide will blend history with humor and facts with fables, while 'jumper-ooters' provide guaranteed ghastly appearances.</p>
There are ghoulish goings-on in the ancient city of Edinburgh on this spine-tingling 1.5-hour tour, and the city's spirits seem more restless than ever! Head up to the Royal Mile at dusk and meet the ghost of long-deceased Mr Clapperton — Edinburgh's old cemetery director. Explore the cobbled passageways beneath Edinburgh Castle and hear tall tales from the city's dark past. Keep your wits about you and enjoy a light-hearted look back in time through Edinburgh's history. You never know who, or what, may leap out from the shadows...!
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