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How to Spend a Rainy Day in Edinburgh

How to Spend a Rainy Day in Edinburgh

The Scottish capital is no stranger to wet weather, but you don’t have to scuttle your plans if the skies open up. From hilltop castles to underground vaults, here are the best ways to dodge the drizzle during your stay in Edinburgh.

  • Check out historicEdinburgh CastleorHolyrood Palace, taking advantage of skip-the-line tickets to get out of the rain faster. 
  • Take a turn around the city’sfree-to-enter art institutions, including the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and Royal Scottish Academy.
  • Keep dry while sightseeing on atour with transportincluded—from hop-on hop-off buses to black cabs, there are plenty of ways to check off the city’s top sights without needing an umbrella.
  • Enjoy the warming taste of whisky on a full-day tour to the region’sfamous distilleries, or get cozy in the city’s bestbars and pubsfor an intimate experience of Scottish culture.
  • Admire views of a rainy Royal Mile from the warmth of a restaurant, and tuck intoclassic Scottish grubsuch as haggis or deep-fried Mars bars.
  • Catch atraditional showof Scottish dance, music, and costume at the Jam House—a great option if it's too damp to enjoy the open-air military tattoo or you’ve arrived out of season.
  • Join a tour of Edinburgh’s 18th-centuryunderground vaults, or keep little ones dry and distracted at family attractions such asCamera Obscura and World of Illusions or Edinburgh Dungeon.
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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
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Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket

Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket

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Guarantee entrance to one of Edinburgh's most popular attractions, and skip the ticket line, by pre-booking your admission to the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Choose your allotted time (morning, evening, or all-day) and get ready to enjoy the spectacle of mind-bending illusions and hands-on exhibits.
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  • 2 hours
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3-Hour Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh w/ Private Tour Option

3-Hour Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh w/ Private Tour Option

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Scotland is renowned for its unique cuisine, but Edinburgh’s foodie hotspots are best explored with a local guide. On this small-group walking tour, discover the UNESCO-listed Old and New Towns, and sample Scottish classics such as Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, Scotch whisky, and afternoon tea.
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  • 3 hours
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Palace of Holyroodhouse Admission Ticket

Palace of Holyroodhouse Admission Ticket

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Skip notoriously long entrance lines when you book an admission ticket in advance to Holyroodhouse, Scotland’s royal residence. Head straight in and start exploring the grounds and historic rooms where Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the current Queen of England have all lived and conducted business.
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1-Hour Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour in Edinburgh

1-Hour Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour in Edinburgh

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Discover the secrets that lie beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on a 1-hour tour of the Real Mary King's Close. Accompanied by a costumed guide, experience Edinburgh’s past as you explore the underground streets, hear stories about real-life residents, and learn about life in Edinburgh during the 17th century.
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  • 1 hour
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A Scottish Whiskey Experience In Edinburgh

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A Scottish Whiskey Experience In Edinburgh

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Follow a local whisky enthusiast to the best watering holes in Edinburgh with this Scotch whisky experience. Taste several single malt whiskys from across Scotland and learn how Scotch whisky is made. Visit a traditional whisky cellar and a historic pub to get a feel for Edinburgh’s bar atmosphere as you try whisky selected by your local guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Spirit of Scotland Show

Spirit of Scotland Show

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Enjoy a classic Scottish outing—both cultural and culinary—during this dinner and show. Conveniently held in the heart of Edinburgh, this evening performance features a professional bagpipe player in full Highland dress, as well as accompanying musicians and dancers. A multi-course meal of traditional Scottish dishes, a drink, and a haggis tasting are also included.
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  • 3 hours
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The Ultimate Private Black Taxi Edinburgh Tour

The Ultimate Private Black Taxi Edinburgh Tour

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Discover the historical sights of Edinburgh the alternative way on a private full-day tour of the Scottish capital in an iconic London taxi. Customize your itinerary according to your interests and allow a courteous driver to transport you to Edinburgh’s top attractions. Gaze at the imposing fortress of Edinburgh Castle on its hilltop perch; discover the poignant story behind the canine statue in Greyfriar’s Kirkyard; and absorb the historical charm of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Gain fascinating insight into the history and heritage of Scotland’s vibrant capital from your professional private guide.
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