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Unusual Edinburgh Attractions

There are plenty of sights to see in Edinburgh. Many obvious ones include visiting the Castle or strolling the Royal Mile, but lets take a look at some of the more unusual Edinburgh attractions.

Camera Obscura

Camera ObscuraTake in fantastic views of Edinburgh from inside a mysterious Victorian rooftop chamber. Live moving images are projected onto a viewing table through a giant periscope in this unique show. In addition, Camera Obscura offers 5 floors packed with spectacular optical illusions to amuse all generations!

Innocent Railway Tunnel

This intriguing underground burrow was Scotland’s first public railway tunnel. Described as being ‘a magical tunnel’, you can walk or cycle its paths. It starts in a quiet residential close on Holyrood Park Road, slopes underneath the University of Edinburgh and emerges at the edge of the green and leafy Holyrood Park.

The Real Mary King’s Close

The Real Mary King's CloseStep back in time and go underground to see amazingly preserved 17th century Edinburgh streets. Here you will be frozen in time, swallowed up in terrifying tales, lost in stories of how the plague swept through those very streets. The Close is said to be haunted by the ghosts of the past .. will you see Mary King herself?

Gilmerton Cove

Yet another fascinating underground experience. These mysterious passageways and chambers are at least 300 years old and their purpose not yet quite understood. The hand carved, underground network consists of a 40 foot corridor with rooms off either side. It is thought that they could have been a hideout for the Knights Templar, a safe place for Covenanters escaping oppression or drinking hole for the 18th century elite. Tours are available, but must be arranged in advance.

Inchcolm Island on the Firth of Forth

Inchcolm AbbeyBoat trips to this beautiful island are available spring to autumn from South Queensferry. Here you can explore the 12th century Inchcolm Abbey, climb the stairs to the top of the tower and soak up stunning views. There is a gift shop and a visitor centre that provides an abundance of information on the island’s history. If the weather permits, there’s also a choice of two magnificent beaches to enjoy.

The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

This tour is certainly quirky and takes you on a tour of the Edinburgh taverns. It is believed that these were the favourite places that many great writers came to indulge in the lively banter and a good ale of old times. The tour is led by two characters, Clart and McBrain. They put on a lively performance that evokes much debate and tells the wonderful stories of the Auld Reekie.

Join us at The Dunstane

Dunstane Hotel RoomSo there is a snippet of some of the more unusual Edinburgh attractions. If you’re looking for a place to stay during your visit, we’d love to welcome you to The Dunstane. Our luxury boutique hotel is located close to Haymarket Station and is the perfect retreat after a long day of sight-seeing. Check out our special offers.