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American Airlines can help you find flights to Edinburgh for an unforgettable trip to the capital of Scotland in the United Kingdom. Known as the Athens of the North for its role in the Enlightenment, this beautiful city is full of sites with significant historical and cultural interest. See it all during your stay here with our tips on the best things to do in Edinburgh.
One of the most well-known activities in Edinburgh (and one of our favorites) is touring Edinburgh Castle. St. Margaret's Chapel, the oldest portion of the Castle, dates back to the 12th century and the Great Hall can be traced back to the early 1500s. Edinburgh Castle is home to the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the country's National War Museum, and Mons Meg -- a massive cannon from the mid-15th century. The Castle's stewards offer guided tours, but if you want to wander at your own pace, there are also audio tours available.
From Edinburgh Castle, at the top of Castle Rock, down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen's official residence in Scotland) is a stretch of streets that are known as the Royal Mile. A walk along the Royal Mile, Old Town's busiest area, is another must on our list of things to do in Edinburgh. Don't miss Cannonball House, so named for the cannonball stuck in the wall. Legend has it that a cannon from Edinburgh Castles fired it accidentally. A very affordable and informative way to experience the entire area is the Secrets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile Afternoon Walking Tour. It just takes an hour and a half and you'll learn about the neighborhood's history and architecture.
A stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden is also among our favorite activities in Edinburgh. You'll be able to see more than 70 acres of flora and serenity. It was founded in 1670 and is arguably one of the finest gardens of its kind in the world. You'll enjoy the vast green spaces and mounds of flowers. Plus, admission is free.
For those who enjoy sporting pursuits, one of the most unforgettable things to do in Edinburgh is to play a round or two of golf. The sport traces back to the 15th century in Scotland (Queen Mary of Scots is rumored to have been a golfer). Musselburgh Links is the oldest course in Scotland and the oldest continuously played course in the world, dating back to 1567. After a day on the links, why not indulge in another of Scotland's most famous interests: Scotch whisky. The Whisky Tasting and Dinner in Edinburgh is perfect for everyone from connoisseurs to beginners, with a whisky expert who will educate you on its history and traditions.
However you'd like to spend your time in this fascinating Scottish destination, American Airlines can help you fly to Edinburgh. Plan your trip today.