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It may be a while before everyone feels comfortable travelling a long way again but that doesn’t mean you cant see some amazing places. Like making a visit to Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, from the comfort of your couch.
While it’s not going to compensate for a real weekend visit to Edinburgh it will give you a taste of the culture of this magnificent city that will leave you wanting more. Take a walk with us through the historic streets and buildings around the Royal Mile and centre of Edinburgh.
A Visit to Edinburgh:Virtually
Lets start with one of the biggest paid attractions in Edinburgh. Sitting at the top of the Royal mile, Edinburgh Castle. The google tour unfortunately doesnt go deep into the castle or museums to allow you to see the Crown jewels but you can still “walk” through the gates enjoy the views of Edinburgh from the Argyl Battery. Although you can also get a virtual glimpse of the Honours of Scotland from the Edinburgh Castle’s own website.
University of Edinburgh – School of Divinity
Take a look inside the New Colleges School of Divinity and pick up some informative historical facts from the rooms where theology has been taught since 1843.
A view directly down Princes Street from the top of one of Edinburgh’s most iconic monuments, Dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the Scott Monument. Standing in Princes Gardens and one of the world largest monuments dedicated to a writer gives amazing views across Edinburgh from its near 60 metre high viewing platform.
St Giles Cathederal
Back up on the Royal Mile we find The High Kirk of Edinburgh, St Giles Cathederal, which has a wonderful 360 degree self guided tour of it’s interior where you can take in all angles of th breathtaking 12th century architecture.
National Museum of Scotland
The Google Arts & Culture tour of the National Museum of Scotland allows you to explore the whole museum and then goes a step further, 1000’s of exhibits are available for close up detail for you to enjoy.
Surgeon’s Hall Museum
Perhaps one for the squemish to avoid, the Surgeon’s Hall Museum, originally a collection of ‘natural and artificial curiosities’ and a teaching resource it is now open to everyone.
This architectural marmite, the Scottish Parliament building provide an immersive tour of the building’s public areas including the memebers lobby and debating chamber.
Across the road we find the official Scottish residance of Her Majesty the Queen, The Palace of Holyroodhouse and this virtual tour gives access to three of the main rooms; The Grand Stair, Morning Drawing Room and the Royal Dining Room. When open the Palace allows you to really explore the history of the building but these small glimpses give you a great feel of the place.
Save your legs a little and take a view from the top of Arthur’s Seat without the effort of walking to the summit! Fantasic views over the whole of Edinburgh.
Finish up with a trip out to the zoo!. The google tour of Edinburgh Zoo only gets you as far as the gift shop but you can enjoy the webcams of some animal enclosures like the Panda Cam on the zoo’s own site.
And now your appetite for the Scottish capital is whetted, when you do get a chance to make a visit to Edinburgh for real in the future you can use this virtual guide as a walking tour and visit some of the best museums and attractions in Edinburgh.
Chris is a Number cruncher by work day, seeker of new experiences by weekend – always looking to spend 48 hours somewhere! Seen 4 continents, 26 countries and 100’s of city’s hoping to add a few more each year.