We are often asked at Càite HQ, “Why Edinburgh?”

 There’s a host of reasons! Apart from the vibrant tech scene and excellent developers, there’s so many things to do and Edinburgh regularly features highly in lists of nice places with good work life balance. Don’t take our word for it, here’s some trip ideas so you can see for yourself.

 Start at Edinburgh Castle and potter all the way down The Royal Mile with lots of shops, wee museums, food and drink. You can explore the lovely narrow closes off the Royal Mile (you can’t get lost – just pop down a close and come back). Be near the Castle, or Princes St Gardens for the firing of the One O’Clock Gun (at 1pm!).

 Feeling thirsty? Pop in to a Whisky tasting tour at Johnnie Walker’s on Princes St.

 For some darker history, pay a visit to Mary King’s Close or join one of the many ghost walking tours departing from near St Giles’ Cathedral.

 Get the new tram to Leith and have a relaxed lunch at The Shore. This is also near to the Royal Yacht Britannia.


 The biggest is the National Museum of Scotland. It’s beside Greyfriars Bobby and the graveyard that provided many names for Harry Potter. There are a couple of big art museums at the bottom of The Mound and Modern Art galleries a little further out.

 Gardens and Walks:

 Princes Street Gardens is a nice escape from shopping. It’s home to an annual summer floral clock and there’s a lovely fountain at the end furthest from Waverly train station.

 Get up Arthur’s Seat if you are feeling energetic, but Calton Hill is an easy win for city views. Or go all in and hire a bike and cycle The Pentlands.

 A little further and you can walk around the Dean Village and along the Water of Leith to visit either the two Gallery of Modern Art buildings (away from the centre) or Stockbridge and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Stockbridge is full of coffee shops and restaurants.


 We love Victoria St or George St and St Andrew’s Square. If it’s just drinks in the sun, head to the Grassmarket. Check Trip Advisor for the latest ratings.

Day trips:

 St. Andrews and get fish and chips in Anstruther on the way back.

Falkland (if you like Outlander).

North Berwick is a lovely seaside town too.