Edinburgh Travel Guide: What to See

This Edinburgh Travel Guide: What to See is tailored to help you explore the best of the city, whether you’re staying for 1, 2, or 3 days. From iconic landmarks to cultural treasures, and from culinary delights to hidden gems, get ready to uncover the wonders of Scotland’s capital with Edinburgh Walking Tours.

Edinburgh Walking Tours - Travel guide
Edinburgh Walking Tours – Travel guide

A City of Two Tales

Edinburgh is a tale of two cities: the medieval Old Town and the neoclassical New Town, each a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its unique attractions. Additionally, neighborhoods like the Dean Village and the Shore add to the city’s charm.

Arriving in Edinburgh

Whether arriving from Edinburgh Airport or coming from Glasgow or London, you’ll find efficient transport options to take you to the heart of the city. From the Airlink bus to trams and taxis, choose what suits you best to start your Edinburgh adventure promptly.

Where to Stay in Edinburgh

From luxury hotels in the city center to cozy B&Bs in the outskirts, Edinburgh offers a wide range of accommodations. Consider the pros and cons of staying in different neighborhoods to make the most of your visit.

Edinburgh with Kids

Traveling with little ones? Edinburgh is filled with family-friendly attractions. Discover interactive museums, enchanting tours, and child-friendly dining. Edinburgh Walking Tours provides family-oriented private tours of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Travel Guide: What to see in One Day

Even with just one day in Edinburgh, you can experience the rich history and vibrant culture of the Scottish capital. Visit the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, explore the unique closes, and if time allows, end your day with a visit to Calton Hill for breathtaking views of the city.

If you only have one day, we’ve got you covered! Edinburgh: Full-Day Walking Tour is a unique, comprehensive tour that includes Edinburgh’s most iconic sights: visit the Old Town, admire the Neoclassical buildings of the New Town, discover the Dean Village, and immerse yourself in Scottish art at the Scottish National Gallery. The tour also includes entrance tickets to The Georgian House and Edinburgh Castle.

If you have already visited Edinburgh castle, consider spending the rest of the day exploring Holyrood Park or relaxing in the serene Royal Botanic Garden.

Edinburgh in Two Days

With an extra day, delve deeper into Edinburgh’s rich tapestry. Explore more of the Old Town’s winding alleys or venture to other parts of the city for a more comprehensive experience.

Dean Village and Stockbridge

Start your second day with a walk through the Dean Village, one a buzzling medieval industrial hub. Enjoy a peaceful walk along the Water of Leith all the way to Stockbridge, a bohemian neighbourhood packed with local cafes and restaurant.

Holyrood and Arthur’s Seatย 

Stroll to the lower end of the Royal Mile to see the Scottish Parliament with its modern architecture, and visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse – the King’s official residence in Scotland. Take some time to explore Holyrood park and, if you’re up for a hike, climb Arthur’s Seat for 360 degree views of the city.

Calton Hill’s Monuments and Views

Cap off your second day with a leisurely walk up to Calton Hill. Located just a few minutes away from Princes Street, this hill is home to iconic monuments like the National Monument and Nelson’s Monument.

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Edinburgh Travel Guide: What to See in Three Days

With three days in Edinburgh, immerse yourself fully in what the city has to offer. From historical landmarks to contemporary experiences, ensure you have a well-rounded visit.

Morning at Holyroodhouse or the Botanic Gardens

Choose between exploring the regal Holyroodhouse, or wandering through the lush landscapes of the Royal Botanic Garden.

Afternoon in Leith or Further Afield

Spend your afternoon in the vibrant district of Leith, known for its excellent seafood and maritime history, or explore further afield to areas like the Union Canal in Fountainbridge.

Edinburgh After Dark: Ghost Tours and Traditional Pubs

Discover Edinburgh’s nightlife, whether it’s enjoying a pint in a historic pub or getting chills on a ghost tour. Edinburgh’s dark and storied past comes to life as you explore its ancient streets and historic graveyards after sunset.

A Taste of Scotland: Edinburgh’s Culinary Scene

From traditional Scottish haggis to contemporary dining, Edinburgh is a city of diverse culinary delights. Explore the Old Town for classic Scottish fare or venture into the New Town for modern gastronomy.

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