Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline of this magnificent city and is impossible to miss on any visit to Edinburgh.

This is Scottish history in all its glory and you even get to see the Scottish Crown Jewels during your time wandering the inner castle walls. Most visitors can get lost for hours with so much to see and do while they visit. If you ever need a break on your adventures, then there are a couple of tea rooms with lovely views to visit so you can channel your inner Braveheart!

Whisky Tasting

The highest quality whisky is synonymous with Scotland. And for any whisky buffs on a rugby weekend away, there are a few great little tours from Edinburgh where you will be able to learn all about how the drink is made as well as being able to try some for yourself along the way.

Edinburgh Zoo

Three miles out of the city centre, you will find the amazing Edinburgh Zoo, which spans over a large 82 acre area. It is home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, including chimpanzees, sun bears, Indian Rhinos. It’s in fact, the only place in the UK that you can see Pandas! You can experience a variety of educational activities as well, from keeper talks to hands-on animal encounters.

There is a great selection of food on offer for if you get peckish on your way round, and I nice gift shop at the end to take some memorabilia home with you to remember the trip by.

Royal Botanic Garden

With over 100,000 plants spanning a huge 70 acres, the Royal Botanic Garden is not to be missed on your rugby weekend in Edinburgh. The highlight is a tour of the Garden’s 10 magnificent Glasshouses. With 10 different climatic zones, from steamy tropics to arid desert, the Glasshouses are home to over 3,000 exotic plants from around the world.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is located just one mile from the city centre, so it is easily accessible for all and a great trip for just before or after a great game of rugby.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located 15 minutes’ walk from Princes Street. It includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, set in a beautiful sculpture park.

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see venue for modern and contemporary art. Modern One is housed in a neoclassical building, which was designed by William Burn in 1825. The lawn at the front of the building was landscaped to a design by Charles Jencks and is home to a fantastic sculpture park.