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Things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a vibrant and cosmopolitan capital city. If you’re interested in culture, cuisine, history, heritage or sport you should find something to interest and inspire. Whether you want to extend your visit to take advantage of your trip to Scotland or you’re simply planning to make the very most of your few days at the ASM, you shouldn’t run out of fantastic things to do:

The foodie capital

If you’re imagining plates groaning with haggis, neaps and tatties-well, you’ll find those in Edinburgh and a whole load more. The capital is overflowing with fabulous eateries for every price and palate.

  • Martin Wishart’s at Leith: Michelin-starred fine dining in the historic port of Leith.
  • Rollo: Casual, intimate and atmospheric
  • Dine: For authentic and high-quality Scottish specialities
  • Chophouse: Some of the best grills and steaks in the city
  • Ondine: For fabulous fish and seafood

The great outdoors

Our Dynamic Earth is located in Holyrood Park, next to Arthur’s seat. Take a hike, or a stroll, up to the top for breath-taking views of the castle and the city. It’s an easy walk and the Scottish Organising Committee will be organising a group tour, for anyone who is worried about getting lost!

Scotland is known as the home of golf, and for good reason, there are no fewer than nine courses within easy reach of Edinburgh city centre. So, whether you want the challenge of the links at Bruntfield or the parkland of Prestonfield, you should find a course that suits.

A beautiful and cost-effective option is Gullane, which comes recommended by the SOC. It is located on the beach at East Lothian; 20 miles or around 40mins from the ASM venue. It offers a casual flexible arrangement costing just £37 or £57 per round. There are more prestigious courses but the costs are obviously higher and they tend to specify group bookings, so it’s essential to get in touch well in advance.

Fringe benefits

The Edinburgh festival and fringe are world famous, with people flocking from across the globe to watch the world-class comedy, theatre, dance and music. But Edinburgh is an artistic hotspot throughout the year, not just in August. So, if Hull 2017 awakened your inner culture-vulture, then don’t miss all that Edinburgh has to offer.

Check out the Scottish National Gallery or visit one of the many theatres, concert halls and comedy clubs that offer diverse entertainment, from mainstream touring musicals to opera, ballet to burlesque.

 A wee dram

Whether it’s whisky or wine that whets your whistle, Edinburgh will have a venue that suits.

  • Tigerlily: A super-cool bar in a beautiful boutique hotel
  • The Dome: Located in an amazing building in central George Street in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town
  • Panda and Sons: A speakeasy, with a twist, enter via a secret library door
  • Bon Vivant: A bar and restaurant, with many champagnes by the glass. Perfect for BSGE members who enjoy the finer things in life

History and heritage

Although it is cosmopolitan and buzzing with energy, Edinburgh is a city that is steeped in history. From the splendour of Holyrood Palace, to the iconic Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith there are glimpses of its heritage down every avenue and alleyway.

Have a look at Edinburgh’s 101 Objects Itineraries. They suggest a curated list of objects located around the city, so that you can learn more about Scotland’s capital and its history – exactly where it took place. There are suggested routes around the Old Town, the New Town, The Dark Side and there’s even a pub crawl!

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