Inspired by our recent visits to Edinburgh on behalf of Gleann Mor Spirits Company, here are our Top 5 Hidden Treasures of Edinburgh, which you may not have yet found!
1. Calton Hill
If for no other reason than to bag yourself that ‘Edinburgh Postcard’ shot of Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle, a walk up Calton Hill is a must during visits to the capital. Just a few minutes walk from Princes Street and Waverley Train Station, you’ll find the path to the summit of Calton Hill. A short walk takes you to the top of this famous landmark which locals will tell you, is the top spot for watching those famous End of the Festival Fireworks on August 31st.
2. Stockbridge Market
Every Sunday, the artisan food producers of Edinburgh descend on Stockbridge for what is essentially, a Foodies heaven. Everything from Japanese dumplings cooked fresh in front of you, to hog roast rolls; Gourmet dog treats (!) to fruit wine producers – there is something for everyone at Stockbridge Market. Make sure to head here with an empty stomach and full purse, as you’ll be handed samples from these local food and drinks producers, who are always delighted to tell you more about what they do and tempt you to buy a little bit for later on! Stockbridge itself is often overlooked by visitors to the city, although it is just a ten minute walk from Princes Street and boasts a wealth of excellent shops and restaurants.
3. Union Canal
Perfect for dog walks, cycling or a run, the Union Canal runs from Edinburgh right out to Ratho, Linlithgow or Falkirk, depending on how adventurous you feel! Choose a sunny day for a Canal-side adventure and discover the hidden neighbourhoods of Edinburgh that most people miss. Including a stop at one of our favourites, The Blue Goose Country Pub, for some great food in their Tiki themed beer garden.
4. Discover the West End
Edinburgh’s West End is a hidden treasure, full of independent boutiques, cafes and bars which most visitors to Edinburgh are unaware of. Be sure to wander right to the end of Princes Street on your next visit to the capital, and carry on to the cobbled streets of Alva and William Streets, which offer a fabulous selection of shops and restaurants. Time a visit to William Street during the RBS Six Nations when the whole street bursts into life to support Scotland’s rugby team.
5. Edinburgh Zoo
Not so much a hidden gem, but sometimes you just have to be a tourist and visit ‘the sights’. Fortunately, Edinburgh is the place for immersing yourself in all things tourist. Make it a little bit different however, and visit Edinburgh Zoo by night during their adults-only evening events throughout the year. A chance to mingle with the animals while enjoying delicious street food and drinks. Entertainment and a relaxed atmosphere will give you the opportunity to explore one of Edinburgh’s most visited attractions as few have done before!
These are just a few of our favourite spots to explore in Edinburgh, let us know any we’ve missed during #EdinHour on Wednesday 13th May 9-10pm – @RubberLipsPR