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But, as with any city, there’s a lot more to do than one blog post can cover, with attractions and activities seemingly around every corner – plenty to fill many days of sight seeing.In today’s post we want to go over some of our favourite ways to spend some time in Edinburgh, beyond the obvious highlights like the Castle, Arthur’s Seat and the Whisky tasting. Many of these experiences are free, or very low cost. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of our favourite: We’re going to start this post with a number of museums.This free museum, housed in the 15th century Canongate Tollbooth building, focuses on the lives of the people of Edinburgh, from the 18th century to the present day.Displays give insights into the lives of all sorts of Edinburgh’s inhabitants and their belongings, and there’s also a former jail which you can take a peek at.As an addition to this, since you’re in the area and learning about living conditions, you might also want to visit Real Mary Kings Close.This is actually one of the most popular attractions in Edinburgh, so was a bit of an obvious addition (I don’t expect you to have missed this one!
Not that bad weather should be your only reason for visiting these museums, which are all excellent! Set in a bright yellow building on the Royal Mile, we were particularly impressed by the Foundation Edinburgh Exhibition, a fantastic short video which takes you through the history of the city from it’s earliest beginnings in prehistoric times, right up to the modern day.
We witnessed this first hand as we happened to be attending on a Monday, and we saw ten acts over the course of the evening, some of which were, well, not great, but the majority of which were excellent.
We we even saw Frankie Boyle, one of Scotland’s most well known comics, turn up and practice some of his Fringe material. One tip if you’re heading to the Stand – get there early.
The distillery is located at the wonderful Summerhall, which also houses an excellent pub, a beer brewery, all sorts of spaces (many of which are used for the various Edinburgh Festivals) and a café.
We took a tour of the distillery, something anyone can do by appointment, and learnt all about how gin is made, what goes into it, and, most importantly, we sampled various gins.