Things to Do in Edinburgh This Summer
Summer is a perfect time to visit Edinburgh, both to explore the city and to discover the rest of Scotland. From ancient Roman ruins to picturesque villages to whisky distilleries, you can find it all in and around Edinburgh. Here are a few ideas.
Go for a boat ride on Loch Ness and use a sonar system to listen for Nessie, aka the Loch Ness Monster.
Enjoy the natural beauty of Cairngorms National Park.
Ride the West Highland Railway Line in the Scottish Highlands, better known to “Harry Potter” fans as the Hogwarts Express.
Visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most romantic castles in the region.
Tour the iconic Edinburgh Castle, which towers over the city and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Edinburgh Old Town.
Follow one of four routes around the city on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.
Walk the Old Course at St. Andrew’s and visit Scotland’s oldest university.
Take a walking tour of medieval Edinburgh and the Royal Mile.
Visit Roman ruins such as Hadrian’s Wall and Birdoswald Fort.
Learn about Scotland’s whisky-making history—and taste a few wee drams—on a whisky tour.