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Alexa's Blog: 7 unusual things to do in Edinburgh

By Megan 17 Feb 2016

There comes a moment where we all get bored of the city we live in. We've already tried the popular spots, museums and restaurants and we think we've ran out of options.

Here's a list of things to do in Edinburgh that you might not have known about:

  1. Gorgie City Farm
    If you like tiny, cute and fluffy animals then you'd probably love this place. Opened 7 days a week and having free admission, the Gorgie City Farm offers you a chance to visit the countryside without leaving Edinburgh. Here you can get a chance to learn about farming, volunteer, feed the animals and, if you're lucky, even hold them.
  2. Murrayfield Ice Rink
    Some of us might have tried the small, busy and expensive ice rink that is set up on Princes Street before every Christmas. However, not many of us know that there's an all year round open Ice Rink in Edinburgh. Not just that you can go there in July, but the size of it can make happy event the professional ice skaters. It's cheap at only £4 and you can hire skates for as little as £1.80. Oh, and yes, they'll happily keep your boots for you while you're ice skating.
  3. The Pentland Hills
    If you can enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors but there's nothing left to explore on Carlton Hill and Arthur's Seat, then The Pentland Hills might be the answer. The Pentland Hills Regional Park can be found in south-west Edinburgh and is easily accessible by taking the 44, 11 or 10 bus from the city centre. The range is around 20 miles long and offers fantastic landscapes, mountain biking activities, horse riding, golf and skiing at the artificial ski slope at the Midlothian Snowsports Centre.
  4. The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
    I always thought the museums and galleries in Edinburgh are fantastic, and before I finished the first year of University I thought I had visited them all. Then 2 years later I came across the National Gallery of Modern Art. The location makes it less of a tourist attraction and, consequently, quieter and more enjoyable. This wonderful place is only a 20 minute walk from Princes Street and is set in beautiful parkland. The gallery includes two buildings and an outdoor sculpture gallery.
  5. The Museum of Childhood
    The Museum of Childhood is located on Royal Mile and is the first museum in the world that specialises on the history of childhood. The collection of toys ranges from the 18th to 21st century and could be interesting for kids wanting to see what their parents played with as well as adults. Like most museums in Edinburgh, the admission is free.
  6. The Union Canal
    One of my favourite places in Edinburgh is the Union Canal, which is located just about 10 minutes' walk from Princes Street. The Union Canal connects two major Scottish cities; Edinburgh and Falkirk and provides our city with a great place for walking, jogging, biking or even cruising!
  7. Edinburgh International Climbing Arena
    Who knew that just minutes away from Edinburgh Airport there is the biggest indoor climbing arena in Europe (biggest in the world at the time of opening!) Edinburgh International Climbing Arena is suitable for all ages and skills, offering over 250 routes with different grades of difficulty. Great place to spend a free day with friends!


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