We recently spent three days in Edinburgh out of which it rained two and a half. Of course, a visit to Scotland would not be complete without a rainy day, but it still puts a damper on things. While we still managed to get in some sightseeing during light drizzles, these soon turned into downpours. So we had to find fun things to do in Edinburgh in bad weather. And there is plenty of things to do in rainy Edinburgh! Don’t believe us? Just read on and check out our map of all the spots at the end of the post!
Bad Weather Activities in Edinburgh
Fact is, in Edinburgh, it rains on about 130 days of the year, which means you’ll have a 30% chance of encountering rain. But don’t let that discourage you from visiting! Edinburgh is beautiful any time of the year and even if it rains, you will find plenty of things to do.
If you are into history, this is the place for you to be on a rainy day. Alright, climbing up castle hill in Edinburgh on a rainy day is a bit of a challenge, but it’s worth it. There has been a royal castle on this hill since the 12th century and today Edinburgh Castle is the most visited tourist attraction in Scotland. The castle is open to visitors year round (except on December 25 and 26), unlike many other historic sites. The entrance for adults is 17 GBP, but is a small price to pay to visit such an impressive castle!
Where? Castlehill (you honestly can’t miss it)
Click here for more information on Edinburgh Castle.
Scotch Whisky Experience
This place is without a doubt the most fun thing we did during our stay in Edinburgh. It doesn’t matter whether you like whiskey or not, this will entertain you regardless. You will learn about the process of whiskey making, its history, and the whiskey producing regions of Scotland. This is followed by a whiskey tasting. Their guides are super knowledgeable and cater to any level of whiskey enthusiasm. The silver tour is their most popular package and costs 15.5 GBP. It includes the one hour tour, one whiskey sample, and a tasting glass which you get to keep.
Where? 354 Castlehill
Click here for more information on The Scotch Whisky Experience.
One simple way to fill your afternoon is to wander into any of Edinburgh’s wonderful museums. Personally, we would have enjoyed the Scottish National Museum, but we only had the chance to visit the Scottish National Gallery. Not only are they both free, they are also amazing. The national gallery houses some beautiful French impressionist pieces (amongst others) which I marveled at for several moments.
Join Dumbledore’s Army at the Elephant House
If you are a Harry Potter fanatic like me or only have a faint appreciation for the novels like Mihir, you’re going to have fun here. The Elephant House Cafe is where J.K. Rowling wrote the first two books of the series and is a popular spot for tourists today. Dry off your wet socks, grab a cup of coffee, and head to the toilet. The bathroom walls at the cafe are covered in graffiti dedicated to J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter novels. Join thousands of others and join Dumbledore’s army 🙂
Where? 21 George IV Bridge
Retail Therapy at Jenners
Do you need a breather from all the culture? Why not soothe your nerves with retail therapy at Jenners, Edinburgh’s iconic department store. It is open every day and carries anything from perfumes, to designer bags and electronics. Pick up your favorite souvenir here 😉
Where? 48 Princes St
Click here for more information on Jenners Department Store.
Spend an Evening at the Pub
No visit to Edinburgh can be complete without an evening in the pub. There’s plenty of pubs to choose from in the Old Town and you won’t have troubles finding one that you like. So order a pint and settle in 🙂
Where? Everywhere! Have fun!
Map of the Best Things to Do in Edinburgh
Now, what do you think? Did we miss any fun rainy day activities in Edinburgh? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below! Let’s stay in touch!
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