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21 Reasons to Visit Edinburgh in 2021

After a tumultuous start to the decade, holidays abroad may not be on the cards for a while - but that doesn’t mean a holiday is off the table altogether! You still deserve a magical break, and there is no better place to seize your staycation than at our Edinburgh hotel.


In this blog, we explore 21 reasons to visit Edinburgh in 2021.


1. Calton Hill


Let’s kick off with one of our favourites, Calton Hill. No matter the season, when you reach the top we can guarantee your breath will be taken away as you admire Edinburgh’s stunning skyline. It will not disappoint.


2. The Real Mary King’s Close


Did you know Edinburgh is built on top of the old city? In the most historic do-over ever, you can venture into the underground city at The Real Mary King’s Close, taking you into the grim and gruesome surroundings of the city’s past.

(Photo Credit: Conde Nast Traveler)


3. Camera Obscura & World of Illusions


For a museum experience you won’t forget, Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is 5 floors of fantastical fun! With plenty of photo opportunities for the ‘gram that’ll wow your followers, take a tour - it’ll be one you won’t forget for years to come.


4. Distillery Tours


Listen to the tales of Scotland’s national drink (No - not Irn-Bru!), have a wee taste - and even hop on a barrel ride afterwards! The most popular tours include Edinburgh Gin Distillery Tour and The Scotch Whisky Experience.


5. The Royal Botanic Garden


Just one mile from the city centre, The Royal Botanic Garden is one of the finest in the world! Not only is it a scientific centre for the study of plants, it’s also a huge tourist attraction. With seasonal flowers blooming all-year round, it’s a fantastic place to visit.


6. Portobello Beach


One of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets, the seaside cannot be missed! Take a walk along the serene Portobello beach - it’s not a staycation without the seaside, after all. See, Edinburgh has everything!


7. The Palace of Holyrood House


Queen Elizabeth’s Scottish residence is right here! Open to visitors, take a tour of the grand halls and pretend to be a Prince or Princess for the day. Who knows, you might even spot Liz herself in her royal onesie (joking, of course).


8. Yer’ a Visitor, Harry


Potterheads (HP fans) are in for a real delight in Edinburgh! With many of the filming locations taking place in Scotland, why not take a tour with a live actor and see the sites for yourself. It’s also rumoured that J.K.Rowling wrote many of the earlier books at a cafe in Edinburgh, called The Elephant House.


9. The Old Town


Edinburgh is divided into the old town and the new - but the old town has some historical delights you won’t want to miss! Especially up The Royal Mile.


10. Edinburgh Castle


Sat on top of a 700-million year-old extinct volcano, once home to a beer-loving elephant in 1838, one-o’clock gunshots fired every day (except Sundays), there are so many fascinating stories to be told about Edinburgh Castle.


11. The Royal Mile


Even though it falls just short of a mile at 107 yards, it’s still just as fantastical! The Royal Mile is a street in the old town that starts with Edinburgh Castle at its head, and The Palace of Holyrood House at its foot.


12. Arthur’s Seat


At the highest point of Holyrood Park is Arthur’s seat, an extinct volcano with views over Edinburgh as far as the eye can see. If you fancy an adventurous walk, this is the place to head!


13. St. Giles Cathedral


St. Giles Cathedral was built in 1124, and remains one of the most grand structures in Edinburgh. A visit to an iconic city simply isn’t complete without viewing its cathedral, especially when it’s this pretty.


14. Princes Street


Shopping? Eating? Drinking? You’ve come to the right place. All of Edinburgh’s hit destinations for retail therapy can be found on Princess Street, accompanied by some great eateries for sustenance!


15. Visit The Knighted Penguin at Edinburgh Zoo


You heard us right! Sir Nils Olav III lives in Edinburgh Zoo among the other penguins and animals. The mascot and colonel-in-chief of the Noewegian King’s Guard is the third of penguins named Nils Olav knighted since 1972!


16. The Scottish National Gallery


The National Galleries of Scotland are located on The Mound in central Edinburgh. Consisting of three galleries, including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, there’s a gallery for everyone in here!


17. Holyrood Park


Holyrood park is over 650-acres of hills, lochs, glens, ridges and basalt cliffs. If you’re looking at a rural stay with all the convenience of an iconic, historical city - we’ve got that too!


18. Victoria Street


Victoria Street has to be the most colourful street in Edinburgh. With rooftop and terrace bars, independent stores and Edinburgh staples, it provides a great dining, drinking AND shopping experience.


19. Over 75% of our buildings are listed


Edinburgh is renowned for its historical architecture, and in fact over 75% of our buildings are listed! Giving it the highest concentration of listed buildings anywhere in the UK.


20. Edinburgh’s National Animal is a Unicorn


The most fantastical and mythical of creatures is our national animal… it says something about us, doesn’t it? We can’t promise you’ll see one when you visit Edinburgh though!


21. Home to the Largest Arts Festival in the World


Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the single greatest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. In previous years, 3,000 shows were staged, comprising over 50,000 acts over 300 venues. Even better - the show won’t stop for anything. The Fringe Festival will still go ahead this year, be it live, digital or both!


If you only needed a few reasons to come to Edinburgh, we hope this list will seal the deal! We can’t wait to welcome you back to our boutique Edinburgh hotel, our rooms have been so lonely without you.





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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Reviews



This hotel is such a great find. Its location cannot be beat and the rooms are incredibly nice. Great amenities (including complimentary mini bar) and great service. Would definitely stay here again!


Newcastle upon Tyne

I stayed here overnight to see Justin Timberlake on his Man of The Woods Tour. We were greeted with the warmest welcome by the receptionist...genuinely helpful and friendly. We stayed in the Suite, which has everything I could possibly need. A FREE (well stocked) mini bar! Robes, Aveda toiletries, slippers, free calls, a very appreciated cafetiere with ground coffee and a lovely selection of teas. 30mins in and a welcome plate arrived with 5 good size desserts...gorgeous.

Room service was excellent and the breakfast was utterly delicious and brought to the room at no extra charge. The room was very large and spacious with a huge double bed, blissfully comfortable. When needed in the evening the staff pressed a button at reception and a taxi arrived within 2 minutes...Outstanding service!

I had such a fantastic stay here that I shall return in November and I'll be re-booking this Suite.


Kingston upon Hull

Less than 10 mins walk from Waverley. Staff were very polite, helpful and friendly throughout our stay. Room was a good size with a great bathroom. Large shower, robes and Aveda products included. Fridge with free cold drinks. Good breakfast with plenty of choice. Both couples enjoyed and would stay again.



Really nice friendly boutique hotel. We didn't arrive until late but the hotel was more than happy to let us check in late. After checking in we also asked for some area recommendations, which again the staff were more than happy to give us. Our room was really nice and very clean, bed was comfortable and gave us a good night sleep. We stayed for two night and did not hear any noise from the hotel or any of the other guest. In a good location with only a short walk to the shops and restaurant/cinema ! If staying on Edinburgh I would highly recommend this hotel!



Stayed for one night, but very impressed. Receptionist was fantastic, very professional, helpful, good looking and immaculately presented. The room was excellent, very clean, bed comfortable and the shower was fantastic, hot and powerful.

Breakfast well worth the money, with attention to detail and served hot. The location is excellent with just a 10 minutes walk from the station and to Princess Street. I will definitely stay here again.

Great boutique hotel and great value for money. Wish I was staying for longer.



Had a one night stay here. The location is great, right beside a Tram Stop, 2 minute walk to St Andrews Square bus station, 15 min from Waverley Train station and short walk to main shopping and restaurants. Hotel was very clean & comfortable. Good Breakfast. Very friendly staff.



Really nice hotel in a fantastic location for train station, shopping and nightlife. Lovely rooms, with complimentary snacks and lovely Aveda toiletries in the room. Bed was really comfortable, breakfast was also excellent and the staff very friendly. Would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends visiting Edinburgh.



Visited the hotel and stayed 2 nights having stayed at the Indigo in London. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely rooms, great service, very good location opposite the tram stop and bus routes.
Lovely bar and restaurant is on site if you prefer to stay close for dinner!



I stayed at Hotel Indigo for first time last week, the service from the reception, bar and restaurant staff was faultless. The room was very comfortable and the bed was the comfiest i have ever slept in. The Hotel is situated close to the Playhouse and only 5 minute walk from waverley station, there are several good bars and restaurants in the vicinity. A great Hotel in a good area.

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