It’s easy to fall in to the tourist trap of visiting the “top 10” tourist attractions when visiting a city like Edinburgh, and there is a lot more to the city than the castle and the Royal Mile. Here is our local guide of the top things to do to experience Edinburgh like a local.
1. Off the beaten track food & drink tour
Join host Karly, an Edinburgh native and qualified historian who knows her city like the back of her hand, to meander through Edinburgh on a food and drink tasting tour that allows you to sample local delicacies, including haggis, neeps and tatties, Scottish tablet and local whisky. This 5-hour walking tour takes you around the “hidden” streets of the capital, off the beaten track and away from the touristic centre.
Don’t miss this amazing Food & Drink tour with a local!
2. Learn to make traditional Scottish desserts
Fancy learning how to make Scottish desserts in a professional chefs own home situated in Edinburgh’s historic Georgian New Town? Chef Mags will share her unique recipes she has developed over the years and you will learn to make her famous New Town Apple Crumble with Custard, Scottish Cranachan loaded with fresh raspberries or freshly made summer fruits consommé and traditional Scottish shortbread.
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3. Scottish Dinner with wine vs beer challenge & whisky tasting
Enjoy a traditional Scottish immersive dining experience with a local in Edinburgh, who will take you on a culinary journey you won’t forget. Dine on 4 traditional Scottish courses, all of which are matched with wine and beer, and vote on your scorecard for which drink makes the better match. Local host Richard will recite an extract from Burns’s “Address To A Haggis” in broad Scots dialect, whilst you sip on Scotch malt whisky. It doesn’t get more Scottish than this!
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4. Eat like a local food tour
Stroll through the elegant streets of 18th and 19th century Edinburgh with Clare, an experienced local guide and sample traditional, locally-sourced Scottish food while chatting with the people who made it. You’ll sample everything from Scottish smoked salmon, scones, Scottish cheese plus other local delicacies.
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5. Scottish farm tour & lunch
Join Chef Steve from the Edinburgh Food Social, to visit his favourite suppliers at a local farm, where you will be taken on a tour of the farm and be served a delicious lunch using their own fresh produce. Steve is passionate about sustainability and provenance and looks forward to sharing his love of Scottish food and cooking with you.
Discover more about Steve’s Scottish Farm Tour & Lunch experience!