The castle is the city's most famous landmark and is definitely worth the walk up the steep hill from the station. Don't miss the impressive Scottish crown jewels on display in a strongroom at the top of the castle or the equally impressive views from the battlements.
At the other end of the famous Royal Mile from the castle is Holyrood Palace. Apart from a couple of weeks in early summer when the Queen is in residence, visitors can get access to the state rooms and learn about famous figures in Scottish history such as Mary, Queen of Scots.
Leave the station towards Princes Street, and you will find the best shopping in Edinburgh. Choose between upmarket department stores such as Harvey Nichols and Jenners, or browse for all manner of tartan souvenirs in specialist stores.