Edinburgh

A Guide to Edinburgh

If you love rolling hills, medieval architecture, and scenic streets, look no further than Edinburgh for your next vacation.  Edinburgh is a city that seamlessly marries medieval structures in the old town with neoclassical buildings in the new town.  Here is a quick guide to enjoying all Edinburgh has to offer

Where to Stay in Edinburgh

Central Apartment

Located in the lovely new town, this centrally located apartment is the perfect home base for exploring Edinburgh.  It’s walking distance to many great restaurants and attractions.

The Rutland Hotel

If you love vibrant design look no further than the Rutland Hotel.  This trendy design hotel is conveniently located near major attractions and shopping.

Things You Must See in Edinburgh

Dean Village

The idyllic Dean Village is the most charming way to spend a sunny afternoon. The village was once a milling center for Edinburgh.  Today tourists and locals alike wander to this part of town to stroll along the water of Leith, take in the colorful houses, and get lost in the windy streets.    

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

If you need a break from the bustle of the city, take some time to explore the Royal Botanic Garden.  The garden covers 70 acres and boasts an impressive fern house that houses tropical plants and many beautiful walking paths.

Calton Hill

Looking for the perfect Instagram?  Venture no further than Calton Hill.  The top of the hill offers fantastic views of the Edinburgh Castle & skyline.  

Scottish National Museum

Boasting a multi million dollar renovation, now is the perfect time to visit the Scottish National Museum.  Best of all, admission is free!   

Old Town

A stroll through old town is something you can’t miss on your visit to Edinburgh.  The medieval architecture and windy streets are amazing to explore.  If you love Scotch, be sure to stop in Cadenhead Whisky (located off the Royal Mile) for a souvenir.  

One of old town’s major attractions is the Edinburgh Castle.  It’s worth stopping by the castle, but we didn’t find the entrance fee worth the castle tour.  

Shopping

Besides being rich in culture and design, Ediburgh has some fantastic shopping.  Thistle Street is our personal favorite.  For the trend setting man, look no further than Brotique.  Brotique offers  a wide selection of clothes, accessories, and beard oils. 

For women, Biscuit cannot be missed.  The shop offers a fun selection of vibrant clothes and accessories.  

Where to Eat & Drink in Edinburgh

Timberyard

As a rule of thumb we try to visit a new restaurant for each meal.  In Edinburgh, Timberyard’s was the exception.  The food & drinks are phenomenal.  We loved the locally sourced ingredients, rustic interior, and lively atmosphere.

Pickles

If you have a soft spot for wine and cheese like us look, no further than Pickles.  Located on a quaint street, this bar is relaxed, fun, and you can’t beat the selection of Scottish cheeses and meat.  

The Bon Vivant

Ever go to a restaurant and want to try everything?  A meal at the Bon Vivant can offer just that!  The Bon Vivant offers regional food with a twist.  Best of all, you can order “bites” so you can try just about everything on the menu (and order seconds of your favorites) without breaking the bank.

The Shore

Edinburgh is known for its seafood and The Shore does not disappoint.   The fish & chips and oysters were all excellent!

Milk

We are always on the lookout for a great cup of coffee & delicious breakfast food.  Milk Cafes are a chain in Edinburgh that have both!  Be sure to try their flat whites and muesli.

Eteaquette

A long day of exploration calls for afternoon tea.  Eteaquette was by far our favorite spot to enjoy a perfectly brewed cup of afternoon tea along with delicious scones and cakes!

Lucky Liquor

For fabulous craft cocktails head to Lucky Liquor.  The atmosphere is relaxed and the drinks are amazing.  It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a night out with your SO or kick off a ladies night.

The Devil’s Advocate

A trip to Scotland is not complete without trying some Scotch.  Check out the Devil’s Advocate to taste unique scotches and cocktails, and to enjoy the great atmosphere.

How to Get Around Edinburgh

Many of the sites in Edinburgh are close to each other so it is easy to walk around most of the city.  For further attractions the bus and Uber are both convenient to get around.

Day Trips from Edinburgh

There are many great day trip options from Edinburgh.  If cities are your thing spend a day in the vibrant Glasgow.  Or if you are looking to experience the renowned Scottish landscape venture out to the Highlands for a day.