Katherine Dodds: My Edinburgh Top Five

Our students share their top five Edinburgh favourites, from recommendations on what to do and see in the city, to tips on best studying spots and how to make the most of your time at University.

In the third instalment, Katherine Dodds, who is in her third year studying civil engineering, shares her favourite...

Sightseeing location

The Royal Botanic Gardens are absolutely beautiful, especially in spring and summer. There are so many beautiful plants, and it’s a great place to do some photography.

Centred right in the middle of Stockbridge, amongst a bustling restaurant and café scene, it’s a great place to go and pop to a café later!

Activity or experience

Hogmanay (New Year) is a massive celebration in Edinburgh, and there’s a spectacular firework show from the castle at midnight. In Princes Street Gardens below there’s usually a performance from a famous singer – previous acts include Mark Ronson and Franz Ferdinand.

Place to eat

Karen’s Unicorn or Miros Cantina! Karen’s Unicorn is an excellent Cantonese restaurant serving amazing food, while Miros is an excellent authentic Mexican cantina - both in the New Town. Both restaurants are very small and popular with locals so be sure to book!

Studying spot

Ground floor of Murchison House at the King’s Buildings – it’s quiet, warm and there is access to plenty of computers. The internet is also really fast here!

Advice for new students

Go and explore! Edinburgh is a really pretty city and really easy to get around by walking, bike or bus. Scotland is incredibly pretty, and it’s well worth taking the trains up to the Highlands to go exploring at the weekends.

Mountains in the Highlands (Copyright: Katherine Dodds)