Edinburgh's iconic sites are some of the UK's best known. They include Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Holyrood House, Camera Obscura, Arthur's Seat, the Scottish Parliament and the National Museum and Galleries - this is just a snapshot of the sights you can see.
Walk the cobbled streets of the Old Town and admire the grand Georgian avenues of the New Town, Edinburgh is a city of contrast with old comfortably sitting alongside the modern - the baroque style of Holyrood Palace and the new Scottish parliament being great examples.
Edinburgh has numerous links to royalty. They include Holyrood Palace, which is the Queen's official residence in Scotland, with public highlights including state apartments and see Mary Queen of Scots' preserved chambers. Other stops on a regal tour include the Royal Yacht Britannia, which is moored in Leith, and Edinburgh Castle, the imposing home of Scottish royalty.
Going to the zoo
Edinburgh Zoo is home to more than 1,000 rare and endangered animals, including the UK's only Giant Pandas, Yang Guang and Tian Tian. There is a rich diversity of animals on show.
For those who want to enjoy the greener-side of Edinburgh, the Royal Botanic Gardens are a delight and there are great country parks and gardens such as Dalmeny House and Beecraigs Country Park where you can view the scenery at altitude and high-speed while dangling from a zip wire.