Edinburgh Attraction Hitlist
The Castle Museum
Edinburgh Castle stands proud as one of the city's most iconic landmarks and has more than a few historical tales to tell.
Castlehill (E4), 0131 225 9846, www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk, open daily 9.30am-5pm, £12 (£9.50), child £6 (under 5's free).
The Palace of Holyrood House
With its lush gardens and fairytale-like turrets, there is something magical about Holyrood Palace. It's also the Queen's official Scottish residence.
Royal Mile, Canongate (H4), 0131 556 5100, www.royal.gov.uk, open daily 9.30am-6pm (from 1 Nov 9.30am-4pm), £9.80 (£8.80), child £5.80 (under 5's free).
Blood curdling screams and putrid smells - all kinds of wicked techniques are used at The Dungeons to recreate Edinburgh's scary past.
Edinburgh Dungeons, 32 Market Street (F4), 0131 240 1000, www.thedungeons.com, open daily 10am-5pm, £11.95 (£9.95), child £8.95 (under 5's free).
The Scottish Parliament
An architectural highlight with a love-it-or-hate-it appeal. You've got to at least take a peek at the building that went ten times over budget.
Holyrood Road (G4), 0131 348 5000, www.scottish.parliament.uk,Tue-Thu 9am-6.30pm, Mon & Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 11am-5pm, closed Sun, free entry.
National Museum of Scotland
Exhibits that transport you through Scotland's past and bring you slap-bang into its present. Recently refurbished to include a scenic roof terrace.
Chambers Street (F5), 0131 225 7534, www.nms.ac.uk, open daily 10am-5pm, free entry.
This craggy extinct volcano sits within Holyrood Park and offers panoramic views across the River Forth and beyond to Fife.
Holyrood Park (H5), Edinburgh, year-round.
The National Gallery Complex
A cluster of three inter-connected galleries, housing between them what seems like the whole alphabet of Scottish and world painting, plus seasonal exhibits.
The Mound (E4), 0131 624 6200, www.nationalgalleries.org, open daily 10am-5pm, free entry (some special exhibitions have a charge).
Princes Street Gardens
As soon as there's so much as a whiff of sunshine these gardens fill up. But despite the hubbub, they retain an air of peace.
Princes Street (E4), Edinburgh,year-round.
Scotland isn't famed for its tropical weather, but that doesn't mean we don't do nice beaches. Portobello is the closest to the city.
Portobello, Midlothian, year-round.
Royal College of Surgeons
Anyone interested in medicine - or looking at freakish body parts - will enjoy Surgeon's Hall.
18 Nicolson Street (F5), 0131 527 1649, www.rcsed.ac.uk, Mon-Fri, noon-4pm, £5 (£3), child £3.