Visitors who want to ring in 2016 with the Hogmanay celebrations in the Scottish capital might balk at the cost of joining in the festivities. However, if you do your research and stay slightly outside of the city, there are some great value vacation rentals to be found. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on sightseeing; Edinburgh has many budget-friendly attractions.
Explore the Gilmerton cove
If you want to get a different view of Edinburgh, you should visit Gilmerton cove, which consists of underground chambers and passageways. It is not entirely clear what they were originally used for, but they make for an interesting experience.
Take a ghost tour
One great way to see the city at night is to take a free ghost tour. There’s a spooky atmosphere and the chance to explore a gothic and creepy past while being entertained by your guide.
Climb a volcano
Many tourists don’t realize that Arthur’s Seat, the highest part of Holyrood Park, is actually a dormant volcano. Climbing up to the top gives you stunning views across the city. You should be prepared for a significant hike, but it’s definitely worth the effort, especially at sunset or sunrise.
Explore the suburbs
You don’t have to stay in the city center. In the northwest suburbs, you’ll find the beautiful area of Dean Village. The village is full of Tudor houses and waterfalls, with plenty of spectacular walks. There’s also the free Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art just five minutes away.