Welcome to Scotland's capital...where cobble stone streets, medieval alleys and a forever skyline will make you swoon. Come along and find inspiration that will recharge your spirit & make you want to come back for more!
No trip to Scotland is complete without a stop in Edinburgh.
The city is a wonderful weekend getaway or starting point for any Scottish vacation, whether you are headed to The Highlands or to The North Coast 500. In addition, its an easy train ride from England and other great cities like London and York.
Edinburgh is packed with culture and history and its compact size makes lovely to explore on foot. If you're looking to infuse some wellness into your adventures, this Edinburgh Wellness Travel Guide is just what you need.
The history & heritage of Edinburgh comes to life in every corner, be it parks, squares, museums or pubs.
Put on your comfy shoes to explore the medieval alleys & winding streets a wash with centuries old buildings.
Edinburgh's hills & historic structures combine to give memorable views to take home with you.
My Edinburgh Travel Philosophy...
It took me exactly one trip to fall in love with Scotland and my first stop was Edinburgh! Now it's one of my favorite places to explore.
When it comes to recharging in Edinburgh, there are so many little things to experience that add up to one big impact. Taking walks, exploring hidden corners with curiosity & capturing photography leave me inspired and rejuvenated.
This Edinburgh Wellness Travel Guide includes some of my favorite experiences. Things that resonate in blending the cultural opportunities of the city with experiences that recharge my mind & body.
Throw in the sound of the bagpipes, and it's a vibrant city to experience and explore!
EXPLORE THE WATER OF LEITH WALKWAY...
The Water of Leith Walkway is a quiet footpath that runs right through the heart of of the city. While it's 12 miles long, the most picturesque and serene stretch is from Dean Village to Stockbridge.
TRY A NEW TOWN PHOTO WALK...
The Neo-Classical architecture of The Georgian New Town is a marvel and a must see in Edinburgh. It's an ideal place to get out your camera and escape into a mindful photo walk. To take-in the details and be inspired.
A UNIQUE WALK TO CRAMMOND...
Crammond Island is a tidal island in The Firth of Forth. At low tide you can walk over to the island and explore. It offers wonderful views of Fife, Edinburgh and The amazing Forth Bridges. Invigorating indeed!
Edinburgh is a hilly & compact capital city, which makes it ideal for exploring on foot. Here are a few favorites:
Arthur's sat is the main peak of the extinct volcano located in the city. Go for the one of a kind view of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside.
How about a fun & leisurely glide along the Union Canal? Get some fresh air and experience the relaxation of gliding along the water.
If you are a runner, this is for you. Short and sweet, lace up your shoes, improve your mood and take in some of Edinburgh's best sights and views.
Connect With Nature
ST ANTHONY'S CHAPEL RUINS...
This mysterious medieval chapel is the only building in the central area of the 640 acre Holyrood Park. A quick walk to this spot allows you to experience a glimpse of the park, without hiking to the top.
South of The Old Town, The Meadows are a large open grassland crossed by commanding cherry tree lined paths. It's an idyllic spot for a picnic or just to stop and watch the world go by.
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS...
Find tranquility in the 72 acre gardens located just a mile from the city center. A wander of The Chinese Hillside and Rock Gardens will leave you relaxed and awe-inspired.
ST GILES CATHEDRAL...
St Giles has been the spiritual heart of Edinburgh for over a thousand years. Don't just pass by, go inside to explore the intimate space and be soothed by the tranquil blue ceiling.
It's an unexpected surprise to find this village tucked away right in the middle of the city. A grain mill for over 800 years, now the beautiful buildings that line the river are residential. If you want to wander in tranquility, be sure to go early in the morning.
CALTON HILL CEMETERIES...
Some of Edinburgh's most peaceful areas are the historic graveyards. This two part cemetery has columns, statues and gardens that will evoke calm as you take-in the architectural splendor of the city.
Relax in Quiet Places
Rest, relax and find peace & quiet.
Seek Out Mindful Spaces
Use your senses to be present in the moment & find well-being.
Don't miss Scotland's finest collection of 17th & 18th century funeral monuments. Its position also offers contemplative views of the castle and a visit in the early morning light is memorable.
CALTON HILL AT SUNSET...
Blissfully sink into the moment as you watch the sunset over the city from Calton Hill. It's a favorite spot with locals & you'll enjoy the underlying sense of community awe and anticipation awaiting the golden light.
Wide open grassy spaces, a pond and benches make this an idyllic spot to stop and enjoy nature. Its best feature can be found on Sunday's, when model boat enthusiasts gather to drive their remote control boats around the water. You'll feel like a kid again!
Indulge your sweet tooth and learn more about the wonderful world of chocolate with a chocolate tour or truffle making class at this award-winning spot. Or go full Scottish with the Whiskey & Chocolate experience!
This 18th-century townhouse museum will transport you to another world. Immerse yourself in the life of a bygone era as you explore the curiosities of domestic life.
This unique museum is fascinating! Though not for the squeamish, it offers an insightful look at the history of pathology & medicine.
Engage your curiosity with these unique Edinburgh experiences.
The Balmoral is one of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks. Centrally located under the stunning clock tower, this Edinburgh institution is the perfect mix of five star luxury and spa decadence.
THE SHERATON GRAND HOTEL & SPA...
The award winning thermal spa and hydro pool steal the show here. Add in a signature sleep experience with views of the castle and you'll relax right into bliss.
THE CALEDONIAN WALDORF ASTORIA...
This elegant Victorian building is centrally located with wonderful views. Boasting a heavenly steam room, spa and pool, relaxation is the name of the game at The Waldorf Astoria.
EDINBURGH'S COFFEE SCENE HAS really TAKEN OFF in recent years. FOR A GOOD BREW & A TASTY CARROT CAKE, TRY CAIRNGORM COFFEE. IT'S OPEN & AIRY AND right ON THE WAY TO DEAN VILLAGE.
Relax into afternoon tea at the colonnades. Housed in the historic signet library, the bookish atmosphere adds a timeless quality to this classic tradition.
Love soup? Don't miss the soup sampler at Scotland's first soup cafe, the union of genius. It's healthy eats, as well as, and the perfect spot to warm up on a dreary day.
The kitchin restaurant is a must visit destination for foodies. located on the leith waterfront, this michelin star experience delivers.
Dine at the most ATMOSPHERIC RESTAURANT in edinburgh, the witchery. The secret garden courtyard with french doors & secluded terrace is one magical spot.
Edinburgh has a diverse food scene and it's not just haggis and whisky! From local cafes to Michelin star restaurants, there are more than a few gems waiting for you.
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