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50 Things to do in Edinburgh

After an inspiring read over at Little Mummy I started making my own list of things that I would like to do, I’m a big fan of making lists and love (eventually) ticking things off.

Rather than a bucket list I decided on making an Edinburgh to do list, whilst researching activities in Edinburgh I started to wonder what I have actually been doing over the past few years. Edinburgh has so much to offer and I seem to have ignored most of it. You can start to take a place for granted when you have been there long enough, I rarely even look at the castle when passing it on the bus these days – but if you stop and stare every once in a while you start to remember what a beautiful city Edinburgh is.

My plan is to enjoy everything Edinburgh has to offer, hopefully I won’t need to take out a second job in order to do so.

I will write about each of these 50 activities as and when I achieve them, it will be fun to write about more than just roasts and playgrounds (although they will still be on the agenda).

Compiling my list was very interesting, no doubt I have missed off some key events though so please leave a comment or drop me an e-mail if you have any further suggestions and I will add them to the list.

There are some things here that I didn’t even know about so will be looking forward to ticking these off in due course:

50 Things to do in Edinburgh

  1. Climb Arthur’s Seat
  2. Climb the Scott Monument
  3. Go camping at the Pentlands
  4. Go to Musselburgh Lagoon
  5. Ride open top tour bus
  6. Take a helicopter ride over Edinburgh
  7. Visit Botanic Gardens
  8. Visit the Zoo
  9. Walk over to Crammond Island
  10. Have ‘art’ displayed in a local eatery
  11. Sell one of my drawings/photos
  12. Get 50 views on EdinBlogger in one day
  13. Run Edinburgh half marathon
  14. Run Edinburgh marathon
  15. Take advantage of the International Film Festival
  16. Abseil from Forth Rail Bridge
  17. Bungee jump
  18. Cycle along the Water of Leith
  19. Enjoy the Fringe Festival (again)
  20. Get over my aversion to Whisky
  21. Go Ape
  22. Go diving at The Commonwealth Pool
  23. Go fishing
  24. Go on a Ghost Walk
  25. Go see a show at The Magic Festival
  26. Go to an Edinburgh Secret Society event
  27. Go to Beltane Fire Festival
  28. Go up Nelson Monument
  29. Hire a rowing boat at Union Canal
  30. Picnic on Portobello beach
  31. Play golf at The Bruntsfield Links
  32. See some exhibitions at the Science Festival
  33. Swim in the rooftop pool at The Sheraton
  34. Take a boat ride across the Forth
  35. Take a trip in a hot air balloon
    Eat at:
  36. 21212
  37. Number One
  38. Plumed Horse
  39. Restaurant Martin Wishart
  40. The Kitchin
  41. Camera Obscura
  42. Dalkeith Country Park
  43. Duddingston Loch and Bird Sanctuary
  44. Edinburgh Castle
  45. Edinburgh Dungeon
  46. National Museum of Scotland
  47. The Museum of Modern Art
  48. The Turkish baths in Portobello
  49. The butterfly and insect world
  50. Vogrie Park


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