2017 has been designated as the year for History, Heritage and Archeology in Scotland. We are highlighting five places in the capitol of Edinburgh you must experience.
The Dustane Houses
Start by booking your stay at Edinburgh’s premier luxury boutique hotel. This 1860 family-run establishment shares 35 bedrooms over two houses. Traditional Scottish charm meets modern amenities creating the perfect first impression of this magical city. Warm-toned tweeds and plaids offset original artwork from local artists. Start or end your day in a roll-top copper tub while enjoying complimentary teas, coffee and even homemade shortcake.
The iconic fortress and Scotland’s most visited paid tourist attraction, has guarded its people since the 12th century. Located at the top of the Royal Mile, just west of Old Town, this former royal residence and military barracks turned war museum proudly displays its fight for independence and resistance to foreign attackers. Marvel at the oldest crown jewels in the British Isle and popular wedding venue, St. Margaret’s Chapel, considered the oldest in Edinburgh.
An archeology lover’s dream, this picturesque landscape has a hotbed of human activity since 5, 000 B.C. Savor the 360-degree view from famed Arthur’s Seat, the remnants of a volcano. Roam the medieval ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel, jog down the Salisbury Crags on Radical Road and spot swans at Duddingston Loch. A must-see is the neo-classical Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.
The Water of Leith Walkway
Designated an Urban Wildlife Site, this 12-mile pathway alongside the Leith River is the best way to peruse the city’s ancient architecture and natural beauty. The route starts from the suburban town of Balerno through the heart of New Town to the river’s mouth at Lieth. Be sure to stop for photo ops at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Royal Botanic Garden.
Usquabae Whiskey Bar and Larder
No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without a bottle (or two) of the national drink. Inspired by a Robert Burns’ poem, this West End gem (pronounced OO-SKA-BAY) boasts over 400 hand-selected Scotch whiskies. Cozy booths dimly lit by shadow lamps set the right mood. Their seasonal menu serves up the best of Scottish comfort fare like Cullen Skink – a hearty stew, or Highland Venison Steak. Request a whiskey tasting tour from their knowledgable and friendly staff.
Written by Lauren Lanier
The Dustane Houses Photos by Rita Platts