5 Things to Do in Edinburgh This Winter

We’re looking at things to do in Edinburgh to beat those winter blues. Edinburgh is a beautiful city, regardless of which time of year you visit, and today we’ve done our best to make your visit even more enjoyable. We’ve come up with 5 fantastic activities you can enjoy in Scotland's capital city this winter.

1 Camera Obscura/World of Illusions

If you love the fantastic and the strange, and you’re looking to do something fun and imaginative, then you could do no worse than mosey on down the Royal Mile, where not far from Edinburgh Castle, you’ll find the grand Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Here, at this delicious venue you’ll find the Mirror Maze, some holograms, the fascinatingly titled Vortex Tunnel, 3D posters and a mix of other equally interesting illusions. It’s fun, and it’ll keep you family occupied in the most unique way possible.

2 The Royal Botanic Gardens

If you love plants and gardens, then this is the perfect venue for you. There’s a versatile range of exotic plants here as well as an art gallery, a rock garden and it boasts the tallest Palm House in the UK. If you go in the winter you’ll have a photo ready opportunity to take pictures of the garden when it’s covered in snow or frost, and be party to some beautifully rare plants start to bloom. The Royal Botanic Gardens aren’t far from the city centre, in fact they’re only a mile away and are easily accessible by public transport if you don’t drive.

3 The Pentland Hills Regional Park

Here you can walk, relax and unwind in this beautiful park with its beautiful peaks that rich almost 2,000 ft high. There’s all sorts of outdoor activities to be enjoyed including hillwalking, mountain biking, skiing, golf and horse riding, so you’ll never be bored. You can get here quite easily by catching the bus from the city, so don’t worry if you’ve not brought the car.

4 The Palace of Holyrood House

This is where the British monarch resides when visiting Scotland, as it’s the official residence. It’s a 17th century palace with apartments which once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots. They are open to the public you’ll be pleased to know, and you may even see some ghosts. How about Bald Agnes, who everyone believed to have been a witch, she was certainly accused of being one – so watch out for her. Tours of the palace begin from mid-November to the beginning of February which you can book.

5 Hogmanay

A visit to Edinburgh wouldn’t be complete without a celebration to remember – Hogmanay. It goes on for 3 days in total, with a Viking march, fireworks, choral singing and even some concerts. There are tickets you can buy to attend Hogmanay and you can visit their website to book.

Escape Edinburgh – For Games With a Twist

Finally, we couldn’t finish without telling you about our own form of entertainment which hundreds of people flock to here in Edinburgh, our Escape games. It’s the perfect place to have some fun with friends or family, and a perfect way to spend some time during the winter months when being outdoors isn’t quite the attractive option. You’re locked in a themed room and you have 60 minutes to get out. Can you? You’ll need to solve the cryptic clues and puzzles to get out – but you’ll have to find them first. It’s a game of wits, communication and brains, do you have what it takes? Book your team in today!