10 things to do in Edinburgh
Our Destination of the Month is Edinburgh. Its history, culture, fun and a rugged outdoors create alchemy in Scotland's capital city
Few cities, let alone capitals, can satisfy the demands and dreams of such a wide spectrum of visitors as Edinburgh.
Prefer to stay outdoors? Then clamber up Calton Hill to the columns of the National Monument; fill your lungs with fresh air from the summit of Arthur's Seat, a surprisingly high rocky outcrop just a short walk to the east of the city; or catch the sunset from Portobello Beach – yes, this is a coastal city.
In search of the buzz and bright lights of a big city? For shopping, head to Grassmarket and Victoria Street for independent shops and to avoid the excess of tartan and shortbread outlets on the city's famous streets.
At night, take your pick from stylish bars (check out the achingly cool Voodoo Rooms on West Register Street), real ale pubs (head to BrewDog on Cowgate for craft beers), or, of course, the peerless entertainment of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe in summer.
Can't decide what to do? Hop on an Edinburgh Bus Tour for a guided whistle-stop trip around the city's highlights or simply potter through the Georgian streets of this fabulous city.
Where to stay
Seton sands holiday village
Links Road, Port Seton, East Lothian EH32 0QF
T 01875 813333
OPEN 1 March to 30 November
With just 40 pitches, this is the perfect basecamp in which to relax after a day in the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh. There's a heated shower block, disabled facilities, a launderette, and dogs are welcome.
This is also a holiday park, and a five-minute stroll leads to two indoor swimming pools, indoor and outdoor play areas, a café/restaurant, fish 'n' chips takeaway, and live entertainment shows, as well as a shop.