Guide to Edinburgh

Boasting a lively atmosphere, elegant Georgian architecture and the dramatic backdrop of the Edinburgh Castle, it’s no wonder the city is classed as one of the most handsome in Europe.

A 7 day ITINERARY for Edinburgh

A lively atmosphere, dramatic castle backdrops, rich cultural heritage and exciting festivals make the city that is Edinburgh.

Old Town

With a labyrinth of cobbled streets and hidden courtyards, Old Town is the first stop.

Famous for being the Queens second home, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a beautiful manor founded in the 12th century. With its turbulent past, various royal residencies and remembered garden parties, the palace truly is a gem to be experienced whilst visiting Edinburgh.

Whilst there observe Arthurs Seat; adjacent to Holyrood Palace, Arthurs Seat is the highest point in the park sitting 251m above sea level. Time for tea! Divulge in an afternoon tea with delicious homemade cakes, pastries and sandwiches.

Next, spend the late afternoon admiring the scientific wonder that is Our Dynamic Earth. Interactive exhibits, primeval forces of nature and a 360 degree film theatre invite you to find out about the Earth’s history. Fantastic for all ages, the centre presents you with all aspects of the world we live in. Finish off the day by picking up a luxury pizza from Pizza Express.

Top Five Pubs

Leith

Famous for its roles in ‘Sunshine in Leith’ and ‘Trainspotting’, the district of Leith gives a diverse mix of vivacious culture with nautical personality.

Start with a hearty Scottish breakfast at Mimi’s Bakehouse finished with traditional Scottish black pudding from Stornoway. Help your breakfast digest with a short walk to the Royal Yacht Britannia. Docked alongside the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, The Royal Yacht Britannia once housed many prestigious characters including the Queen, Sir Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela. Covering five decks of history, it is definitely worth a visit!

Walk two minutes south to the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre to spend the afternoon shopping-til-you-drop topped with a variety of different restaurants for dinner. A trip to Scotland is not complete without an Edinburgh inspired tipple of Glenkinchie in the famous Port o Leith pub.

Haymarket and the West End

Located to the west of the city centre, Haymarket and the West End are popular for boutique shopping, out-there attractions and electric atmosphere.

Take it easy and start with a tall order at Jacobs Artisan Bakery & Coffeehouse. Continue on your journey arriving at the incredible Edinburgh Zoo. Set over 82 acres, the zoo has a of animals including Asiatic Lions, Giant Pandas, King Penguins, Koalas and Meerkats.

After feeling like you’ve been on safari, head to the on-site café for a quick re-fuelling before departing to the centre of Murrayfield to hit the ice! Skate to your hearts content before preparing to spend your evening at the attraction-heavy Fountain Park. Catch a film in Cineworld, sip Starbucks whilst tenpin bowling, grab a chicken feast at the local Nando’s or try your luck in the Genting Casino.

Stockbridge

Sitting above New Town is the rustic village of Stockbridge. Commence to traditional Scottish stalls at the Stockbridge Market, to purchase organic fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats and homemade bakes. Stroll for 10 minutes to Inverleith Park; find a perfect picnic spot and munch upon your rustic market foods.

After filling up on lovely bread and cheeses, head into the Royal Botanic Gardens to feast your eyes upon horticultural excellence. With over 70 acres of landscaped grounds, explore various different gardens: native woodlands, fossil gardens, glasshouses and ponds await you.

After a beautiful afternoon wondering around the grounds, meander to St Stephens street to visit The Antiquary; a basement pub with a fantastic quiz night. Popular, energetic and exciting!

New Town

Adjacent to Old Town sits the elegant New Town. Start your day by having a cosy breakfast in your cottage before venturing into realms of the Great War, Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein at the National Portrait Gallery. Visit the exhibitions before moving onto the St James’ Mall. Here, grab some high street essentials before heading in the direction of the Edinburgh Playhouse.

Before settling down to a matinee, pop into the sauve bistro of The Olive Branch for a Mediterranean inspired dish. After experiencing a once in a lifetime performance, stroll across the city to visit Panda & Sons; a speakeasy retro cocktail bar hidden behind a barbers. Don’t be fooled – their Vida Villa! cocktail is to die for!

Portobello

A little different from the cityscape is the coastal venue of Portobello. Just a few miles from Edinburgh city centre, this charming seaside suburb is famed for its two miles of golden sand so spend the morning catching the rays before heading to the resident Beach House. With lovely soups and sandwiches, the Beach House is well known in the area for their tasty fare so don’t delay in getting a table! Head up Portobello High Street; excellent for quirky oddities and charity buys, Portobello touches upon that inner need for retail therapy! For a totally unique experience, step into the Turkish Baths for an invigorating dip, making your way through three hot chambers leaving you feel refreshed and relaxed.

Edinburgh Festivals

From the world-acclaimed Fringe Festival to the International Film Festival, Edinburgh is a hub for culture and the arts.

Edinburgh holidays

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