7 Hidden Gems in Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital city is full of amazing attractions, you’ve probably heard of Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and more.  But if you want to add some hidden gems to your list, here are some we love:

Edinburgh Gin Distillery

There are two unique locations, one the historic gin port of Leith, and the other is in Edinburgh’s West End. They produce a tasty range of gins and gin liqueurs. Here you can take a distillery tour, to learn all about the history of gin and how it’s made before getting to the best part of any distillery tour, the tasting. Advance booking is essential.

Dean Village

A short bit off the beaten path you’ll find Dean Village. It’s beautiful with spectacular architecture, and underrated. Go here to take in the views and enjoy it’s tranquil quality.

Dean Village, Edinburgh, Scotland

Dean Village, Edinburgh, Scotland


Gilmerton Cove

This mysterious site on the southside of the city has been vexing experts for hundreds of years. Lying beneath the streets of Gilmerton, this hidden series of chambers and passageways. No one is certain about the exact origins or what it’s true purpose was. Take a guided tour (must be booked in advance) and see for yourself. 

Dr. Neil’s Garden

Also known as Scotland’s secret garden, it’s secluded and the perfect place to tuck away and relax a bit. It’s an escape from the busy-ness of the city. Take a notebook and enjoy the inspiration.

Dr. Neils Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland

Dr. Neils Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland


Tom Riddle’s Grave

When writing the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling spent time Greyfriar’s Kirkyard and found some inspiration for the character names.  Here you can visit the grave of Thomas Riddell...the inspo for Tom Riddle. If you keep exploring you will also find William McGonagall, which inspired the naming of Professor McGonagall.

Lauriston Castle

Inside is a remarkable Edwardian interior, it’s like stepping back in time. Outside you’ll find a tranquil, relaxing atmosphere and an award-winning Japanese garden. No need to book ahead.

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland


Rooftop Terrace, Nat’l Museum of Scotland

In the heart of Old Town is the National Museum of Scotland, which is a lovely visit in it’s own right, but the hidden gem we want to talk about is the rooftop.  Head up top to enjoy gorgeous, panoramic views of the city.

Hope this list helps you add a few things to your list! If you need help putting together your Scotland vacation, we love to help.

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