The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace... get the most out of your trip to Edinburgh by visiting its 10 most important sights.

Royal Mile

The Royal Mile runs from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is approximately 1.81 km long and is the most popular part of the Old Town.

Calton Hill

Located on the east part of the New Town, at the end of Princes Street, Calton Hill offers stunning panoramic views of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle stands high on the Castle Rock, overlooking all the city and is the most popular attraction in Edinburgh. Discover it!

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse has been the Queen’s official residence in Scotland since the 16th century and up to this day. Discover its secrets and how to visit it.

Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens is the most important public park in the heart of Edinburgh. Created in the 1820s after draining the Nor Loch.

St Giles’ Cathedral

St Giles’ Cathedral was built on an old sanctuary dating from the ninth century and was dedicated to Saint Giles, the patron saint of the lepers.

Scott Monument

A Gothic style monument built to commemorate the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott. The tower offers the best views of Edinburgh.

Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby is Scotland’s most loyal dog. This Skye Terrier guarded over his owner's grave for 14 years.

Dean Village

The Dean Village is a pleasant village located on the Water of Leith. Founded during the twelfth century by the Canons Regular of Holyrood Abbey.

The Real Mary King’s Close

The Real Mary King’s Close is one of Edinburgh’s oldest and most famous closes. It lies under the buildings of the Royal Mile. Discover its hidden secrets.