Historic Centre of Edinburgh Old Town

Historic Centre of Edinburgh Old Town

Photo by Nize Nicolai Schäfer (wikimedia commons)

Motorhoming in Edinburgh

Photo by Klaus Hermsen (wikimedia commons)Edinburgh Castle Photo by Klaus Hermsen (wikimedia commons)

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland is a ‘must see’ city on any motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday in the UK.  There are lots of things to see and do, many of them inside, which is good news if the weather is wet and windy.
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There are quite a few sites on the outskirts of Edinburgh, the nearest to the city centre is in a quiet location near the golf course and only 15 minutes from the sights.  There are also a few near the coast for those who enjoy a sea breeze, but remember it’s the North Sea, so pick a sheltered spot.  

Top things to see and do

Visit Holyroodhouse Palace, one of the family homes of the HM the Queen.  The palace is used by the Queen during the summer and other family members visit all year round, but parts of it are still open to the public.  Take a tour and see the dining room where the family sit down to dinner, visitors also have the opportunity to see the private apartments of Mary Queen of Scot’s.

Take a tour of Edinburgh Castle.  The castle is a great place to start and learn about the incredible history of the city.  The highlights are the Crown Jewels, the Royal Palace apartments, and the medieval sleigh gun on the ramparts, but there’s lots of other interesting bits too.  For visitors tight on time, pre-book tickets and avoid the queues!

On a fine day walk take a walk up to Arthur's Seat, which starts from the Holyroodhouse Palace at the end of the Royal Mile.  The walk is suitable for most people; even those that have eaten too much Scottish shortbread, but make sure you wear comfortable shoes.  The views from the top are worth the effort and it’s much easier on the way down.
Another ‘royal’ sight is the floating palace of the Royal Yacht Britannia.  Visit the ship that served the royals for over 40 years and see the elegant State Apartments, the beautiful Royal Deck Tea Room, Crew’s Quarters, and the Engine Room.  

Take a free walking tour of the city.  There are lots of them, but the one with the best reviews meets outside Starbucks Coffee Shop at 124 High Street.  The three hour walking tour may sound a long time, but it takes in some of the most important sights of the Royal Mile, and time flies.  The stories are recounted in a fun and entertaining way, and if you have a good time tips are appreciated.

Edinburgh is an interesting place to spend a few days, it has some very important historical and royal sights to be discovered on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday.  The campsites around the city are well equipped, clean, and well positioned for transport into the centre.  There are lots of places to try out a full blown Haggis meal ….if you dare!

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