I work as a teacher in a large comprehensive school in Edinburgh. I am a keen traveler and most recently have been to Turkey and Ireland. I enjoy the theatre, reading, play the accordion badly and like listening to music and going to venues to hear live music.
Edinburgh is a great place to live in and even better to visit!
1* The closest attractions to the apartment include some lovely walks down the water of Leith and you can find the modern art gallery and the Dean art gallery within a short but beautiful ten minute walk from the house. I will be able to give you directions when you arrive if you so wish.
2* The Royal Botanical Gardens are within five minutes of the apartment and are very pleasant, it is especially nice for a lunch.
3* The Castle is to be found with a brisque 15 minute walk and you can walk down the royal mile to...
4* Holyroad Palace, a beautiful and historically important royal palace, which has a fantastic tour and an important place in the history of Scotland. I would recommend that you do some light reading (if you have time about the Kings and Queens of Scotland), Mary Queen of Scots is a very important figure in Edinburgh.
5* If you have time you should also visit the Scottish Parliament a very modern piece of Scottish history and climb 'Arthurs seat' which is nearby mountain that will offer a fantastic view of the city.
There are so many fantastic things to do in Edinburgh that I'm sure you won't be dissapointed.