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Kirstyn Smith

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The 7 best day trips from Edinburgh

The 7 best day trips from Edinburgh

Need some post-lockdown inspiration? Start planning your summer adventures now with our guide to exploring the serene landscapes and historic gems around the Scottish capital.  You may wish to go for a charming coastal town nestled between mountains and ocean, or, if you’re feeling cultural, a route that takes in dazzling metal sculptures towering above rolling fields. But for the best kind of countryside retreat, you should head for the hills. Many walking routes are just a short drive away, and they attract hordes of hikers and dog walkers on both sunny and not-so-sunny days.  Worked up an appetite out there? Make sure to line up a blowout meal at one of the city’s best restaurants or pubs for later. Then get planning your next day out exploring Scotland’s beautiful (and refreshingly wild) scenery.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Edinburgh 

The 12 best bars in Edinburgh

The 12 best bars in Edinburgh

Edinburgh may be known for its fine landmarks, points of historical wonder and overwhelming beauty but this city has much to offer food and drink enthusiasts too. With its many pubs and bars scattered all over the city, you could spend a day trying out all manner of recipes and concoctions and still won't have scratched the surface on this burgeoning scene. Whether it's a fancy date-night hangout or a quirky dive bar you're after, all tastes and sensibilities are sure to be covered and you may even surprise yourself when it comes to your tipple of choice. Buckfast in a cocktail? A vending machine for ingredients? The choice of over 400 gins? Edinburgh has it all. Take our advice and head to one of these boozers and rest assured, you'll have a phenomenal night (or day!) out.

The 14 best afternoon teas in Edinburgh

The 14 best afternoon teas in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is exactly the sort of city you'd expect to be able to put on a decent afternoon tea thanks to its regal backdrop and sophisticated eateries. But many cafés, hotels and other venues succeed in going above and beyond with their own unique versions of the distinct British phenomenon. Think cocktails, intricate vegetarian delights and home baking with a twist, for a start. From mega posh splurges to more down-to-earth and casual offerings, there's something that will suit every taste and every occasion. Here's our list of where you need to head if you're looking for some excellent afternoon tea in the city. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Edinburgh

The 22 best things to do in Edinburgh right now

The 22 best things to do in Edinburgh right now

Home to the Fringe, the world's largest arts festival, Edinburgh becomes one big bustling creative hive every August. The fun, feverish, slightly chaotic atmosphere makes this quite easily the best time to visit, but even beyond August, Edinburgh is a must-visit destination. There are so many culturally enriching experiences on offer all year, from the Edinburgh International Film Festival to Hogmanay. On top of this, the bustling Edinburgh restaurant scene and its vast array of hard-to-beat pubs make it an excellent, exhilarating year-round destination, too – especially if you’re into your food and drink.  Surrounded by hills and glorious scenery, Edinburgh is a dream for photographers, as well as keen explorers and ramblers looking for idyllic walks away from any hustle and bustle. And just outside the city centre, you'll find even more gems, from Turkish baths and the city's seaside to a breathtaking sculpture park brimming with art. So, planning a holiday here and need some inspiration? Here’s what you should get up to next time you’re in town: 22 things to do in Edinburgh you simply have to tick off.