If you’ve organised a city break or short holiday to Edinburgh, chances are you’re not planning to spend your days basking in the sun. Whilst Edinburgh does get plenty of sun throughout the year, it also gets plenty of rain and there is no reason to let this ruin or negatively affect your break at all. If you find yourself in Edinburgh for a rainy weekend or even longer, consider these fun rainy day activities.
1. Head to the Castle
Edinburgh Castle is wonderful in any weather but it is perfect for shelter in the worst of the rain too. Yes, there is some time outside walking from building to building but you’ll be fine with an umbrella and most of the time you’ll be comfortably under cover and enjoying the beautiful surrounds and a true piece of Scottish history.
2. Attractions on the Royal Mile
While you may not want to spend too much time hanging around outside on the Royal Mile, there are plenty of fantastic attractions to skip between and keep perfectly dry. Enjoy The Scotch Whisky Experience and try a dram or two to warm you up. Head to The Writer’s Museum for the history of some of Scotland and Edinburgh’s most famous authors or head to St Giles Cathedral, a small but beautiful built church which is considered by many as the Mother Church of Presbyterianism.
3. Cosy up in a Pub or Two
Edinburgh has many traditional pubs which give you the chance to sit comfortably by a roaring fire and enjoy local cuisine as well as real ales, Scotch whiskies and more. Whether you’re looking for gourmet or a simple drinking pub, there is plenty to choose from and many of the best options are also near The Royal Mile, ideal if you’re visiting other attractions.
4. Tour Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Nothing says rainy day like a guided tour of a stately building. The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queens’ official residence in Edinburgh and was home to Mary Queen of Scots. There are beautiful gardens to explore on drier days but when it’s wet you can tour the stunning interior. Just next door is Scotland’s Parliament, another historic building just waiting to be toured. Free guided tours last an hour so may be enough time to enjoy during a particularly heavy downfall, before heading out onto the streets to explore once more.
5. Dynamic Earth
For less history and more cutting edge science, Dynamic Earth is a perfect wet weather choice. Dedicated to the Earth and all the wonders it holds this science museum has a wide range of exhibitions and activities with earthquakes as one of the main sources of interest and inspiration, as well as rainforests, iceberg, volcanos and even dinosaurs.
Visiting Edinburgh is an enjoyable experience at any time of the year and there is no reason to let the weather stop you.