So, you lucky people, you’ve got a whole three days to spend in Edinburgh.
With its distinctive look, much of the city centre is designated as a World Heritage Site and is considered one of the most beautiful and unique cities in Europe.
It may not sound like a lot of time, but a 72-hour break is enough to really embrace Scotland’s capital and explore its fascinating museums, stunning attractions and fabulous architecture.
Remember, with ongoing Coronavirus restrictions in place pre-booking is now required at many attractions, so please do check and plan before your visit.
So now let’s take a look at our guide to getting the most out of an Edinburgh weekend break…
The first day of your Edinburgh weekend break is a chance to visit Edinburgh’s top attractions and focus on its most iconic and well-known sites.
Start on the Royal Mile, one of the city’s most frequented spots.
Running through the heart of Old Town, the Royal Mile connects the imposing Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in the city.
The Royal Mile is flanked by towering tenement blocks, with cobbled closes and narrow stairways leading to a secret world of cellars, caverns and passageways beneath your feet.
Packed with Edinburgh’s top attractions such as The Real Mary King’s Close, historical landmarks like St Giles’ Cathedral, the ultra-modern Scottish Parliament and some of the best bars and restaurants in the city, the Royal Mile offers visitors so much to see and do.
It’s also the perfect time to take in some of the more ‘touristy’ attractions up near the castle, such as the Scotch Whisky Experience, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.
And you simply can’t visit Edinburgh without visiting a castle – either Edinburgh Castle itself at the very top of the Royal Mile, or the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the bottom.
Day two in Edinburgh is time to venture into the newer part of the city – funnily enough called the New Town!
A great place to start is with a visit to the Scottish National Gallery, located on The Mound beneath Edinburgh castle and close to Princes Street and its array of shops.
One of Edinburgh’s top attractions, the museum’s free to visit and is open from 10am to 5pm.
Nearby is the Scott Monument, a Victorian Gothic tower dedicated to author Sir Walter Scott.
Built on the edge of Princes Street Gardens, you can climb the 287 steps to the top to take in some of the best views of Edinburgh.
Next, located past the east end of Princes Street is the iconic Calton Hill, famous for its collection of historic monuments at the top which are often framed in some of the most eye-catching photos of the city.
If you don’t manage to climb the Scott Monument (the windy staircase is quite tight), then make sure you walk up Calton Hill for the stunning views that will really make your Edinburgh weekend away.
Then, walk back down through the New Town to visit the picturesque Dean Village. A tranquil green oasis by the Water of Leith river, the neighbourhood is peppered with colourful historic houses and is a great place for a walk.
Dean Village is only a 10-minute walk from Princes Street.
Start your day at the amazing National Museum of Scotland. The building has world-class exhibits covering topics such as Scottish history, science, art, design, world culture, and even dinosaurs and cloning! It’s well worth a visit at any age as part of your edinburgh weekend break.
Next, take a trip to the Grassmarket, located below the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, on the opposite side of the hill to Princes Street Gardens.
The historic market place is packed with pubs, restaurants and great examples of Old Town architecture. It’s a fabulous, vibrant place to explore and enjoy al fresco dining in the heart of the city.
Finally, Scotland (and Edinburgh more specifically) has produced a huge number of world-famous writers and poets.
Find out for yourself and end your Edinburgh weekend away by going on a literary pub tour that traces the city’s literary past by heading to places frequented by the likes of Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott.
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