To get a sense of what makes Edinburgh tick, spread your wings and explore nearby areas such as Royal Mile, Edinburgh, and Morningside.
Edinburgh Castle, one of the more famous landmarks in the country is situated 1 mile (2 kilometers) to the northeast.
Be sure to visit some of the nearby museums and galleries, which help make the area the special place it is. There are many excellent places to take the family for a morning including the National Museum of Scotland, the Museum of Childhood and the National War Museum. See local and touring artists strut their stuff at the Festival Theatre, the King's Theatre and Usher Hall. Aspiring artists should browse the collections at the National Gallery of Scotland, Fruitmarket Gallery and Dean Gallery.
If the sun is shining, do what the locals do and head outside to the nearby parks and reserves. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden. There is a relaxed atmosphere here and well-tended gardens.
There’s no excuse not to work on your game. Visit the Braid Hills Golf Course to enjoy the finest fairways and friendliest clubhouse.
To stock up on supplies or enjoy a light meal, set out to visit Princes Mall and the Geoffrey Kiltmakers and Weavers.
If you love sports, you'll love seeing local legends, the Heart of Midlothian, doing battle in nearby Tynecastle Stadium. On match days the area around the stadium becomes a sea of maroon and white, as local soccer lovers come together to get behind their home-grown heroes.
Finding somewhere handy to rest your head around the Dalry area is easy. The George Hotel, the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel and the Apex International Hotel are just some of the best places to find a warm welcome and a good night’s rest.