Edinburgh has more to offer than historic castles and cobbled streets. This spring, let it rip with an action-packed trip to one of the most exciting and stimulating cities in Europe.
Recreate The Hunger Games with a game of paint balling
Channel your inner Katniss and suit up for an epic game of paintball at Scotland’s only indoor paint balling arena, Urban Paintball. Games run throughout the day, so whether you turn up with one mate or ten, you’ll get the full paintballing experience.
For an even more extreme experience, try Delta Force Paintball Edinburgh, which is based on the western outskirts of the city. Using genuine ex-military props and pyrotechnics, this is for serious adrenalin junkies and the super-competitive.
Feel the need for speed at Xtreme Karting
Edinburgh’s Xtreme Karting and Combat has only been open since 2011, but it has already been awarded five stars from the Scottish Tourist Board for its “exceptional” activities. Zoom around the purpose-built track in a high performance EVO 5 Kart, or sign up for a race event and aim for a place on the podium.
The adjoining Combat centre is just as much fun – competitors are equipped with MP5 laser tag weapons, and set a series of missions across a vast urban combat arena.
(There is also a comfortable viewing deck for the faint-hearted).
Raise a glass at the Scotch Whisky Experience
No trip to Scotland would be complete without a taste of the national tipple. The Scotch Whisky Experience will take you right inside the whisky-making process, quite literally, as you begin your visit with a barrel ride through a mock distillery.
Guides will help you identify the various aromas and flavours of the famous Scotch whisky while adults will be encouraged to take a few sips as they go along.
Test your nerve in a mysterious secret cove
No one knows where they came from, but one thing is sure – a visit to Gilmerton Cove will haunt you for days afterwards. The hand-carved tunnels and chambers have run underneath the city for centuries – but were they a refuge for persecuted Covenanters? An old smugglers lair? A secret drinking den? Or the handiwork of 18th century local blacksmith George Paterson? Draw your own conclusions with a tour through the narrow tunnels… if you have the nerve.
Challenge yourself at Scotland’s largest climbing arena
EICA: Ratho is by far the biggest climbing arena in Scotland, with walls to suit climbers of all levels. Instructors are on hand to help out newcomers, while experienced climbers can challenge themselves with lead-climbing or a go on the various overhangs and top-roping walls. As well as climbing, the centre offers a huge range of adrenaline-fuelled activities.
Bouldering and abseiling are also popular, while an aerial assault course features nets, ladders, climbing challenges and a zipwire – all 100ft above the ground. EICA: Ratho also runs a series of outdoor sporting challenges such as mountaineering, so book ahead to find out what’s on offer.