Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park. Edinburgh, Scotland

Local Attractions Around Scotland's Capital City

 

1. Edinburgh Castle

Contact: 0131 225 9846
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

Edinburgh Castle is home to the world-famous Military Tattoo and is annually visited by approximately one million tourists.  The Castle offers magnificent panoramic views of Edinburgh and within the Castle precincts lies St Margaret’s Chapel, which is the oldest building in Edinburgh.  The one o’clock gun is fired from the Castle every day except Sunday.

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2. Rosslyn Chapel

www.rosslynchapel.org.uk

Rosslyn Chapel, of Da Vinci Code fame, was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair the third and St Clair Prince of Orkney.  The Chapel contains many exquisite carvings relevant to biblical, Masonic, Pagan and Knights Templar themes.  The area around Rosslyn plays an important part in Scottish history.  Rosslyn Castle was a key holding during the Wars of Independence.  The Village of Rosslyn was built to house the many stonemasons and labourers.

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3. Edinburgh Zoo

Contact: 0131 334 9171
www.edinburghzoo.org.uk

Edinburgh Zoo is committed to the highest standards of animal welfare, conservation and environmental education.  The zoo has over 1000 animals and is set on beautiful parkland on the outskirts of Edinburgh.  There are hilltop safaris, children’s play areas, restaurants, gift shops and various events throughout the year.

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4. Camera Obscura

Contact:0131 226 3709
www.camera-obscura.co.uk

The Camera Obscura and World of Illusions offers fantastic views of Edinburgh with three galleries full of optical experiences.  The optical illusions include bendy mirrors, big lenses, holograms, shadow walls and giant kaleidoscopes.  There are three floors of exhibits, including a gift shop, which contains games, puzzles and camera accessories.

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5. Dynamic Earth

Contact: 0131 550 7800
www.dynamicearth.co.uk

Dynamic Earth is a prehistoric, volcanic, tropic and Antarctic exploration of the extremes of planet earth, from the beginning of time to the unknown future.  Dynamic Earth has been awarded a Five Star Rating by Visit Scotland for outstanding presentation, service and facilities.  Café and gift shop.

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6. Holyrood Palace

Contact:0131 556 5100
www.edinburgh-sherwood.com/palace/

At the end of the Royal Mile in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat lies Holyrood Palace.  The Palace is best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots.  Today the Royal Apartments are used by the Queen for State, ceremonial, and official entertaining.  Some of the artworks on display are watercolours and drawings from the Collection of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

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7. Royal Botanic Gardens

Contact: 0131 552 7171
www.rbge.org.uk

The Royal Botanic Gardens are a gateway to science, horticulture, education and exhibition programmes. The Gardens explore and explain the world of plants. The gardens were founded in the 17th century with the aim of growing medicinal plants. The grounds now feature a world-famous rock garden, peat and woodland gardens, colourful herbaceous borders, large and well-stocked plant houses, and several specialist collections, including Chinese plants, and rhododendrons.

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8. The Royal Yacht Britannia

Contact: 0131 555 5566
www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

The Royal Yacht Britannia is located at Ocean Terminal shopping centre, which is just 2 miles from the city centre.  There is free parking and buses are available from the centre.  Visits include self-led tours of the five decks and an insight into how the crew of 240 lived and worked aboard the ship.

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9. Museum of Scotland

Contact: 0131 247 4422
www.nms.ac.uk/scotland/home/index.asp

The Museum of Scotland is one of Scotland’s most popular attractions.  The museum allows visitors to discover the story of Scotland; it’s land, its people and their achievements.  Thousands of the nation’s most precious artefacts are on display.  Free guided tours are on offer.

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10. Hillend Snowsports Centre

Contact:0131 445 4433
www.midlothian.gov.uk/info/200131/snowsports_centre

Hillend Snowsports Centre is the longest artificial slope for skiers and boarders. The slope is located on the city bypass just a short journey from Mortonhall. The ski and snowboarding schools provide courses for adults and juniors at all levels and the centre is also open for those who just want to have some fun.

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