Barbara’s Best: Edinburgh

Barbara's Best

Each week our travel program director Barbara Tucker will feature some of her favorite places to eat, stay, and visit around the world!

This week she shares her recommendations for one of Travel + Leisure‘s “5 Popular Destinations That ‘Live Up to the Hype’” — Edinburgh, Scotland. Check out the list below for her recommendations!


1. The Palace of Holyroodhouse

This palace is the official Scotland residence of Queen Elizabeth II.

2. The Royal Yacht Britannia

This is Scotland’s “best visitor attraction.” The Britannia was used as a Royal residence for Her Majesty the Queen and by the Royal Family for 44 years.

3. Hamilton & Inches

Hamilton and Inches is a premiere jewelry and silverware store established in 1866. They have served as silversmiths to Her Majesty the Queen for more than 120 years.


4. Prestonfield House

A luxurious, historical 5-star hotel, Prestonfield House is situated on 20-acre grounds and has been frequented by notable figures from Margaret Thatcher to Elton John to Winston Churchill.

5. Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian 


6. Number One at The Balmoral Hotel

This exquisite restaurant serves Scottish cuisine with a contemporary twist, and has held its Michelin Star status for sixteen years. Look at some sample menus here.

7. Ondine

Ondine‘s outstanding seafood cuisine is served fresh from the East Coast of Scotland.

8. The Witchery by the Castle

Known for its incredible atmosphere and its excellent Scottish cuisine, The Witchery provides an unforgettable experience for its diners.


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