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What to see in Edinburgh on a weekend

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Edinburgh is not only the capital of Scotland, but since 1995 it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. That is why there are so many things to see in Edinburgh that make the second largest city from Scotland after Glasgow, be the most visited.

The more than 40,000 Spaniards who live in this city make you feel at home, it is a very cosmopolitan city with a very high volume of tourists ... now we will see why.

What to see in Edinburgh in two days

This beautiful medieval city can be visit without problem on a weekend, since it is not too big a city. Here we present our itinerary:


Edinburgh map

1 Edinburgh Castle

One of the first things to see in Edinburgh is its castle. Going up one of the main streets of Edinburgh, the Royal Mille, you find this formidable fortress built neither more nor less than in the 12th century. It is one of the most important points of interest in Edinburgh, so we recommend go soon (before 10am) and get the ticket online to avoid queues. Keep in mind that to visit this place you will need at least 2 to 3 hours and the price is around € 23.

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Every day except Sunday at 1pm and since 1861 a modern cannon is fired, something curious that is worth it if you go with time if not, you can do without it.


Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

The castle has numerous attractions such as the chapel of Santa Margarita, war cells where you can still see how the prisoners lived, the national war memorial of Scotland, the crown square, the huge Mons Meg canyon and even the crown jewels.

As lovers of photography, comment that from the castle you will get to have some of the best views of the city, provided you are lucky with the weather since many days it is cloudy and it rains.


Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

2 Old Town

The old city of Edinburgh is crossed by the 1.8km Royal Mille therefore it is worth spending a good time to walk both the Royal Mille and the following: Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate. All of them make up the part of Old Town that is where many families lived agglomerately, which led to the construction of the New town, but walking through its streets you can get an idea of ​​how they lived in the past.


Old town

Along this street you can see some museums, such as the Scotch Whiskey Experience or the HUB which is an old gothic church That has a peculiar cafeteria. Although the greatest charm of this area are its alleys, or as they call them there, the closes or wynds, which are full of charming restaurants, it is very fun to get lost among them, since you can always find some surprise. We recommend you right at the end of the Royal Mille two of them, White horse close with a beautiful patio and Dunbar's Close with a garden full of charm, but there are many more.

3 The Real Mary King's Close

This attraction takes you to Edinburgh over 500 years ago and its alleys underground. We definitely recommend it, you can get the ticket on the same website or internet. They have tours in different languages ​​depending on the schedule and the price per person is € 13.


The Real Mary King's Close

4 St Giles Cathedral

It is a Scottish Presbyterian church that is worth visiting, its admission is free and has a royal crown shaped dome. In Scotland they call it the High Kirk of Edinburgh (Great Church of Edinburgh) and it is one of the most emblematic buildings of the city next to the Castle.


St Giles Cathedral

5 Grassmarket

Down the street Victoria Street, famous for its color and its shops you reach this great pedestrian square that is full of restaurants or bars to have a drink, we were lucky, the weather accompanied us and we could enjoy a good beer in one of these terraces. Recommendable!!

Comment that the prices of these restaurants are cheaper than those of the Royal Mille.


Grassmarket

We wink again at photography lovers because if you climb the steps of The Vennel you can photograph the castle from a great perspective.

6 Calton Hill

This easily accessible hill is one of the most spectacular places in Edinburgh, from above you can see the whole city, so it is not surprising that it has become one of the best viewpoints from Edinburgh especially because you can see both the old city (old Town) and the new (new town).

We arrived on time to watch the sunset and it was certainly an impressive experience.


Calton hill
Calton hill

For the bravest there are many night tours to climb this hill where they tell you spooky stories.

7 Royal Yacht Britannia

Next to the sea, on the outskirts of Edinburgh we have the Royal Yacht Britannia, a ship built in the middle of the twentieth century for representation of the crown From great britain. It was designed to hospital use in case of war, although today it is a well-known museum. You should visit the Royal Yacht website to buy tickets and learn more about this emblem of the city of Edinburgh.


Royal Yacht Britannia

Practical data

Airport Transfers

If you do not want to haggle and want to go comfortably and safely from the airport to Edinburgh we recommend that you hire an airport shuttle. It is not expensive and worth it.

Where to eat or dine?

If it makes you good we recommend eating at Meadows, where many university students go and where you can enjoy a wonderful picnic on the grass.

Don't stop eating at Grassmarket, it's the best there is in Edinburgh, it's asuper lively pedestrian zone With lots of cool places to eat or drink.

Where to sleep?

Try to stay in the Downtown Edinburgh, the hotel offer is very wide and fits everyone's pocket. In this way you can visit the city without resorting to public transport.

We leave you a hotel comparator where you can find the cheaper accommodations from Edinburgh.

Going out in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city ​​with a lot of gear therefore do not worry if you arrive later than 9pm since unlike other European cities you will find a lot of restaurants open for drinks. There is much to see in Edinburgh at night, do not hesitate ...

We recommend go up to the SkyBar which is located in Doubletree Hilton Edimburg Center, it is a bar that only opens the first Thursday of each month (we could not go up because we went on the weekend), they say the views are spectacular.

If you want buy alcohol To have a drink at night in your apartment, do not sell after 10 pm in supermarkets.

Bonus track

For the nature lovers You can make a route of 19 km in Dean Village, the good thing is that it is also close to the city center.

Don't stop buying a great one Scottish skirt, remember that Edinburgh is the place for it.

Excursions outside Edinburgh

From Edinburgh you can take multiple day trips, such as visiting Loch Ness, whiskey distilleries or castles in the Highlands. It is advisable to book early, since depending on the tour it may be very requested.

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Rent a car in Scotland (discount up to 15%)

If you plan to visit Scotland in addition to Edinburgh we recommend that you rent a car from this city or the airport. If you want to save money we leave you the Rentalcars search engine where you can compare the rates of the main brands that operate in Scotland and Britain.


Our opinion on Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle
Old town
The Real Mary King's Close
St Giles Cathedral
Grassmarket
Calton hill
Royal Yacht Britannia
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