My husband and I went to Edinburgh because he had a meeting on the Friday and we decided to stay for the weekend. What we discovered was an incredibly beautiful city filled with some of the loveliest, friendliest people on the planet #loveedinbrugh!
I’ve since returned a few weeks later as my cousin flew in from Australia for a wedding. We were just busy catching up because she too had been to Edinburgh before. So, we revisited all the places I’ve listed below therefore, I have experienced this twice! If you want to see Edinburgh in a day this is how to do it!
Here’s where you will see the busy tourist street in Edinburgh filled with retail and eateries to your heart's content. If you are looking for any cashmere or woolen items there are plenty on offer! Walk down the hill and enjoy the history that surrounds you, and if you’ve had a few drinks at The Scotch Whiskey Experience then you might be a little a slower on your adventure as you wander down the street. And for some reason you are tired from all the walking around and need a sugar fix, the fudge from The Fudge House of Edinburg is out of this world awesome (Rocky Road and Butterscotch was rocking our world!).
The Castle is located at the high-top point of The Royal Mile. You walk through the Military Tattoo to get to the entrance. This is a must see when you come to Edinburgh. There are over 1.5 million people a year visit this castle and when you see the incredible views from up there it’s easy to see why! Plus there’s all the history that comes with this landmark, you can see and learn so much about the city when you are here. Walk through the old Prison Of War area or see the Crown Jewels there’s something here for everyone. Allow yourself at least a few hours if you want to see it properly and pre-purchase your ticket on line to avoid the long queues. You can always go on line on your phone whilst there and purchase your tickets because they have a printing area for you to print your ticket!
Location: At the top of The Royal Mile
We didn’t have time to get out to one of the distilleries so we did the ‘touristy’ thing and went to The Scotch Whisky Experience. With all intentions to go on their mini tour we had to wait 40 minutes for the next tour, so instead of wasting valuable time, we headed downstairs to their bar. Here you will find a massive collection of whiskey on offer. If you can’t decide what to drink whilst looking over their extensive menu the staff are happy to offer suggestions if you just give them an idea of what you like.
After quite a few drinks under our belt, we were more than ‘happy’ with our decision to sample the drinks instead of seeing how they were made ha ha ha! To us, we are all about enjoying ourselves and making the most of every minute… so if that means we ‘have to drink’ then so be it! Life is too short to worry….
Location: 354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh (High Top of the Mile where the castle is)
Hop On Hop Off
For years both my husband and I were averse to seeing cities this way, we always wanted to do it ourselves, however, what we’ve discovered now it’s the best way to start! You do a loop and check out the city learn about the history and then decided what you want to go back and see! The Green Line Tour we did was great, it went for 80 mins and we go to see the city. The tour guide on the bus was an elderly gentleman with a great sense of humour! As you can see by my pictures the city is just beautiful. I highly recommend the Hop on Hop off Tour.
Location: Start the tour at Waverly Station (op the train station).
Writers Corner (Black Medicine Coffee place)
If you have time and are into writing the writers corner is only 5 minutes up the road from The Royal Mile. Here’s where you will see the famous shop where Writer J. K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter. Here you will find a few great places to eat as well see below Captains Bar, Brew Lab Coffee and Martone.
Location: 2 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DH
Eating and drinking in Edinburg
Here’s where one of the locals sent us, she asked if we needed any help when we were looking a little lost (love the Scottish they are SO FRIENDLY!). He told us to check out Captains bar so we did. There were a few other Aussie tourists in there and the lady behind the bar was so friendly. We started here and had a few drinks then went next door to check out Brew Lab Coffee.
Location: 4 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA
We’ve died and gone to cheese heaven, well to be fair all the food we had was awesome! Fresh and delicious is the only way to describe the experience we had. I love all the organic food on offer, and they even well kombucha too! We love this place! The coffee will rock you, the food will excite your tastes buds, the cheese platter is out of this world, and their Avocado on Sourdough for breakfast is awesome!
Location: 6-8 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA
Just down from Black Medicine where J. K. Rowling was writing is this Italian place with the most awesome ice cream. If you are in the area, it’s a much stop and grab an ice cream place. The Salted Caramel is awesome!
Location: 1 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3BG
We enjoyed our dinner here so much we ate here two nights in a row. I don’t normally eat meat but I limited with gluten free vegetarian options so I ate the chicken both nights (and it was great!). My husband had the club sandwich one night and steak on the other, we also tried their desserts and the food was great! The staff are super friendly, the food is great and around 9 pm they have live music which we had two guys on guitars both nights. And a shout out to Lucas who was fantastic and kept us entertained! They also have a few hotel rooms above which I would have loved to have stayed however they were booked out the 2 nights I was there.
Location: 82 High St, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1LL
There’s a really great pizza place where you can grab a slice or a whole pizza on a sourdough base. I’ve eaten here a few times and their pizza is awesome! (yes I know I’m gluten free some times I make exceptions!).
Location: 5 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW (just off the Royal Mile)
My husband had lunch here with a work colleague on the Friday so we returned on Sunday for lunch because he said the food was so good! I had the Cod my husband had the Sunday Roast (which was pork). The food was great and the service excellent all with a nice view of the city.
Location: In the Scottish National Galleries, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
If you are anything like me and love finding a great health food shop when you’re traveling, then look no further than Hanover Healthfoods they will take care of all your needs. I went in to see if they sold kombucha and they do so needless to say I was one happy woman, plus they have all the other things you will too.
Location: 40 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2DR
Pret A Manger
Everywhere in the UK, you will find a Pret a Manger. Here’s where you can grab a quick bite to eat for breakfast or lunch, that’s healthy and doesn’t cost the earth (wraps, salads, sandwiches and soups). It’s a like a fast food chain only it’s healthy, and they give all their unsold food away that night to the homeless. So, you’re supporting healthy eating and a company that gives back to the community #lovethat
Hotels in Edinburgh
The hotels in Edinburgh are very expensive so I opted for the Mecure given its location. I was very happy with the location of the hotel. Getting to and from the hotel was easy from the train station we just wheeled the suitcase it’s only a few hundred meters. Plus, you are able to walk around to all the key spots from that hotel. There is a Marks and Spence located next door. The rooms were clean and the bed was comfortable. Considering the price (again super expensive for what it was but compared to the other hotels it was cheap) I was happy. I wouldn’t have paid anymore though! I would stay there again for sure.
Location: 52-53 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2DG
There are two ibis hotels within a few hundred meters of each other. I stayed here when I returned to Edinburgh when my cousin was there and she was staying near this hotel. It’s clean, and the staff are fantastic however the noise from the students at night and the nightclub was annoying! I had the street lights shining into my room as well. I would stay here again but not in room 334 because it was facing Cowgate St directly opposite where the noisy students live!
Also, there’s a great little bar down the road called Three Sisters (Tue night they have a quiz from 10 pm onwards) but note the age demographic is below 35 years old.
Location: 77 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1HN
Getting To Edinburgh from London/Return
We took the Virgin Train from Kings Cross Station that takes around 4.5 – 5 hours but it takes you right into the heart of Edinburgh (Waverly Station) on the New Town side of the city. It’s quicker than flying because by the time you get from the city of London to one of the airports, check in, go through security, board, fly, disembark, get a taxi to the hotel at the other end, the train is quicker and easier so that’s what we did.
My Overview of Edinburgh
This city is not only beautiful but the locals are so friendly. I never felt unsafe for one minute even around the train station (which I think is a first in my life). We normally avoid being around the train station because it’s normally where dodgy people are but in Edinburgh, you don’t have to worry about that.
There’s so much history to see and because everything is more central you can just wander around and relax.
There’s nothing bad I can say about this city! So, go and check out with all the others of millions of tourists. Next time we return we’re planning on going on some tours out of the city, so when we do I’ll keep you updated!
I hope you enjoy Edinburgh as much as we did!
Until next time I travel, I see, I share... This is Character 32 doing her best to help you!