Things to See & Do

The bright lights of Edinburgh, the beaches of East Lothian & gorgeous country spas are all just a short drive from Eastside. Head south to world class mountain biking, tree top adventures & botanic gardens. Explore the local food & drink, entertainment, and things-to-do tips below or in our journal.

To help you get the very best from the city we've gathered some of Edinburgh's best attractions from a local's perspective. It was tough to narrow it down but here are our top tips of things to see & do - with directions from Eastside.

Edinburgh Guide

Is your ideal holiday far from the hustle & bustle of city life? Perhaps you just fancy a change? Try touring the stunning countryside & coastline of the Lothians instead. We've plenty of ideas to keep you entertained & relaxed.

Coast & Countryside Guide

Delightful days out for the whole family with great ideas to keep all entertained!

Fun for Kids Guide

From golf to horse riding, fishing & surfing, there is so much to do around Edinburgh.

Activity days Guide

Food & Drink

something special
(our top dining spots)

The Secret Herb Garden

Lunch & Cakes

While away a few hours with a cuppa & cake or do lunch in the garden (weather permitting). For cooler days hideaway in the character filled greenhouses with vintage furniture, comfy old leather sofas and wood burning fires. Also makes for a quirky venue for a larger gathering. The team have also opened The Old Curiosity (gin) Distillery using botanicals from the herb garden well worth a try!

The Paper Mill

Pub Grub

For a good country pub with fantastic local beer selection (cocktails not bad either!) look no further. Overlooking the River Esk, with an outdoor terrace, it is well worth a quick drive to Lasswade for some super pub-grub outside the city.

The Forth Floor at Harvey Nichols

Dine out

With views to Edinburgh Castle and sweeping panoramas over the Firth of Forth and Fife beyond, the brasserie is a must. With superb food and seasonal offers, it needn’t break the bank either!


Something different

Hidden down a side street in South Edinburgh this quirky restaurant (set in an authentic old warehouse) crafts delicious dishes from local ingredients. They carefully source these from local artisan growers, breeders, producers & foragers, growing the herbs themselves in the Timberyard garden.

The Lookout by Gardener's Cottage

Room with a view

This restaurant is built on a cantilever so it hangs partially suspended over Calton Hill’s northwest slope, with floor to ceiling glass windows and panoramic views across Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.

The Bonnie Badger

Country escape

Tom Kitchin's country pub set in the sleepy village of Gullane. The perfect place to return to after a blustery walk on the nearby beach.

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