Activities in and around Edinburgh

Discover Edinburgh

With the help of the ALT Conference Committee, we have collated a number of suggestions to discover Edinburgh and make the most of your time in the city. Please share any additional suggestions you have using the comments below, or by tweeting with #altc. We’ve also included some of our guest posts about Edinburgh

About Edinburgh


The Three BridgesSee the 3 iconic bridges of the Firth of Forth on this bus tour, with live commentary. Runs regularly between 10am – 6pm£25 per adult
Scottish DancingScottish music and dancing every Tuesday, with Edinburgh’s top ceilidh bands£7
Curious EdinburghDownload the app, and guide yourself through walking tours of the scientific, medical, and technological heritage of the city.Free app
Dancing and Learning designExplore patterns of learning and patterns of dancingFree
Tour of the Scottish ParliamentVisit the vaults of the main hall and the Parliament for The People Exhibition on a self-guided tour.Free
Personal Walking TourA great interactive walking tour of Edinburgh!Free
Edinburgh Zoo Lizzie Seymour has some new learning technologies to demonstrate

Contact Lizzie:

£7 per person, includes technology demo and full day entry to the zoo
St Cecilia’s Hall toursSelf guided tours of the concert room & music museum available – allow 60-90mins. Open Tues-Sat, 10am-5pmFree
Walking Music ToursA guided walking tour, telling the story of musicians who stayed, played, and made music in Edinburgh£14
ALT Arthurs Seat Run!Wee walk/jog around the hill led by co-chair Keith!Free


Restaurant Suggestions

Contini103 George StreetItalian dishes, served in a former banking hall
The Elephant House21 George IV BridgeCentral coffee shop, where JK Rowling wrote her first Potter book
Ondine2 George IV BridgeSeafood restaurant
Whiski Royal MileAward winning whisky bar & Scottish restaurant
The WitcheryCastle Hill, Royal MileServing Scottish dishes, including their legendary Angus beef steak tartare
David Bann56-58 St. Mary’s StreetVegetarian & vegan restaurant
The DomeGeorge Street
The Scran and Scallie1 Comely Bank RoadAward-winning gastro pub, serving scran, traditional ales, and artisan beers
Lasal22 Union PlaceAuthentic Spanish cuisine and very close to the University of Edinburgh.


Bar/Pub suggestions

Deacon Brodies Tavern435 Lawn MarketGreat historical pub
Signet LibraryParliament SquareGreat for champagne and beer flights
Monteiths61 High StreetGreat cocktails, real fire, comfy chairs
Hoot the Redeemer7 Hanover StreetGreat drinks served in cinema seats with a fairground theme
Panda & Sons79 Queen StreetIs it a hairdresser or a bar?
Smith and Gertrude26 Hamilton PlaceDaily wine specials, and weekly wine & cheese flights


For even more information on the many things to do in Edinburgh, see our guest post by Lesley Diack.