Top 5 Must Do's in Scotland

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• Edinburgh Castle
Steeped in history and shrouded in mystery, Scotland’s castles are famous the world over. Here in the Scottish capital, the castle dominates the skyline, sitting imposingly over this most beautiful of cities. The family-friendly attraction is an absolute must for anyone coming to Edinburgh, and guided tours give a real insight into the history of this iconic building. The castle is open from 9.30am to 6pm from April 1 to September 31, and from 9.30am to 5pm the rest of the year. Admission is £13 for adults, while children over 5 pay half, and under 5s enter for free. There is a small discount for those over 60-years-old.

• Hogmanay
Edinburgh’s New Year celebrations are among the most famous in the world, and there’s certainly no better place in the UK to be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31. Visitors from across the world flock to Edinburgh for the legendary Hogmanay celebrations, with the city’s streets transformed into a giant party. It’s necessary to buy tickets for the celebrations in advance, and wise to book hotel accommodation early as rooms are snapped up quickly.

• Pub crawl
The Scots are famously fond of a tipple, and there are plenty of traditional pubs in the city in which to enjoy a Scotch whiskey or pint of beer. Start at the Royal Mile, and just follow your nose from one pub to another, stopping wherever takes your fancy. You’re never more than a few minutes’ staggering distance from the next.

• Open-top bus tour
Edinburgh is a stunning city, and a great way to appreciate the place is to take a tour aboard an open-top bus. Great family-friendly fun on a sunny day, these tours are hugely popular with tourists, and with good reason. Your tour guide will fill you in on all sorts of facts about the city and its history, while you sit back and admire the view. There are many operators running this type of tour, look out for the clearly marked stops. It’s usually possible just to pay and hop on board.

• Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The largest performing arts festivals in the world, Edinburgh Fringe is a three week-long celebration of theater, dance, comedy and all manner of weird and wonderful street performances. The event takes place in August and, while some events require tickets, it’s well worth just turning up and taking in the vibrant atmosphere and buzzing street scene.

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