Edinburgh is the ultimate city for a short break; with so much to see and do, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle sits on its own volcanic rock at the top of the Royal Mile and is a mighty fortification and favoured residence of Scotland’s kings and queens. Listen out at 1 pm as the 'one o'clock gun' is fired almost daily.


The Palace of Holyroodhouse is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. It stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat and is closely associated with Scotland’s rich history.

Edinburgh Zoo

Located in a fantastic parkland setting, just a few miles west of the city centre, the zoo is the largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland, letting you get up close and personal with over 1000 different animal species.

Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to the British Royal Family for over forty years. Step on board this magnificent ship to experience a floating palace, discovering the heart and soul of a very special royal residence.

Royal botanic gardens

Step out of the city into these beautiful gardens and glasshouses for a fascinating walk amongst wonderfully nurtured plants and trees - something new for every season. Take afternoon tea here before stepping back in to the hustle and bustle of the city.


Discover Edinburgh's original streets full of artisan shops, quirky cafes and pubs and hidden gems around every corner. Thought to be the inspiration for JK Rowling's Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter books, these streets lead to the Grassmarket - with fabulous eateries and street entertainers in the heart of the city.

Where to Stay

Fenton Tower

Borthwick Castle

Melville Castle

Castles available to book through Celtic Castles