5 amazing things to do in Edinburgh

Postcard from Edinburgh

(Last Updated On: March 14, 2018)

UK and Ireland have a very similar landscape and architecture. Having lived in Ireland for almost 2 years now, we were pretty sure that the feeling and ambiance of any city in UK would be similar. Gosh, we were so wrong! Just like the highlands, Edinburgh felt MAGICAL… We had probably just half a day to spare before we could board on our flight and get back home. We still managed to do so much in such a short time, because everything was close by.. So, here is our guide for 5 amazing things to do in Edinburgh in less than 24 hours…

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That royal view of Edinburgh!
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Love how old these buildings look…
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Views while strolling through the city..
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Soaking all in..

5 Amazing things to do in Edinburgh

The Royal Mile:

Stroll on the cobbled street path which is the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. You will see culture, history, souvenir shops, pretty cafes, performers, tourists and at the very end the magnificent Edinburgh Castle. The street is full of life as we know today, within the spirit of the everything old. There is a lot of touristy stuff you can do while you stroll around –


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Very Scottish! Your visit to Scotland is not complete if you don’t experience some bagpiper music.
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Vintage
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The Royal Mile

Edinburgh Castle:

Edinburgh Castle is build on Castle Rock, which a 700 million years old extinct volcano! The castle is home to some of Scotland’s Crown Jewels and a lot of history. Having visited the Tower of London, we decided to skip this one. But we have heard the view from inside the castle are very impressive as well.


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Edinburgh Castle

Scotch Whisky in a Scottish Pub:

We are not Whisky people, but I live by the phrase – ‘When in Rome , do as the Romans do’. Raga doesn’t care much about this! We love visiting local pubs. So, while Raga stuck to his beer, I ventured out a bit and tasted some amazing Scottish Whisky. Of course they drink it neat and trust me it definitely helps with the cold weather. By the time we returned from Scotland, I had secretly started enjoying some Scotch Whisky.


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The pub life
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That’s what a small glass of Whiskey does to you
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Cute little pubs all around the old town..

Harry Potter Experience:

Did you know Edinburgh is the home town of Harry Potter? J K Rowling started her amazing book in this very city. Most of her first book was written in Elephant House Cafe. Also, lot of stuff in her books were inspired by this city. For example – Diagon Alley was inspired by Victoria Street, the gravestones in Greyfriars Kirkyard inspired some of the characters like Voldemort, aka Tom Riddle (Riddell) etc. There a lot of cute stores which sell Harry Potter merchandise. I had the time of my life sniffing through all things Harry Potter.


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Victoria Street aka Diagon Alley

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There are a lot of such cute shops which sell little trinkets..

It’s all about food:

There are so many cute cafes and restaurants, that we had a tough time deciding where to have my coffee and lunch.  Of course, they come with a price! Some of the places we visited and absolutely loved are –

  • Brewhemia for morning coffee and absolutely loved the coffee, cake and the decor.
  • La Locanda Edinburgh for lunch. It’s a small little Italian cafe but we drooling over everything we ate. So damn good!
  • La Barantine Victoria for evening coffee. It’s a very small cafe, so we didn’t get a place to sit but the coffee was again so good.

Well, I believe you are getting the trend here. We didn’t try anything Scottish, as we are vegetarians and well Scottish people are not that famous for vegetarian food. But options are plenty and you will be spoilt for choice. We did pick up some Scottish shortbreads for home and my only regret is not picking up more. So, amazing!


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The cafe experience
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This cafe on the Royal Mile has very good rating as well! The entrance looks grand.

 

So, here you go! This is the complete list of (not so touristy) things to do in Edinburgh when you have a very short layover. We spent most of our time in Scotland driving through the Scottish Highlands and you can know more by reading our itinerary here.


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28 thoughts on “Postcard from Edinburgh

  1. It looks so magical! I haven’t been yet (Ireland is one of my favorite places too! So jealous you live there!), but Scotland is on my list! Very close to the top!

    1. Hehe.. we love Ireland:) Scotland was our favorite trip of 2017 and you can see why!! Such a pretty country…. Do visit Scotland when you get a chance..

    1. Thanks Martin for stopping by. We are glad you liked the pics. As you said, it’s really a charming city. We would love to go back again as well!!!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! We loved the time we spent in Edinburgh. It’s such a charming city.. 🙂

  2. I love your pics of Edinburgh, it is indeed magical,I am so lucky to call it home, thanks for liking my post btw, I hope to have such a beautiful blog like yours one day. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much.. Your city is magical and our only regret is not spending more time there.. Your blog is amazing as well.. 🙂

    1. Please do add!! It’s such an amazing city.. I loved the vibe, loads of good places to dine and things to do. 🙂

      1. Oh awesome! 🙂 it’s so pretty.. we did a road trip in the Highlands and spent a day in Edinburgh.. Probably our favorite trip of 2017.. 🙂 hope you enjoy your trip!!!

    1. Thank you so much!! There are so many cute like Potter stores around the town and I had such an amazing time. 🙂 Edinburgh is really charming..

  3. Great blog – full of interesting information and images. Just one tiny niggle – but in Scotland it is a big thing – they spell it whisky. In Ireland it is whiskey. Take care and enjoy travels.

  4. Nice! I was in Edimburgh many years ago, went by bus travelling from London. Beauuutiful road. Then, at the bus station, a woman came by to offer a room in her house. First B&B of my lige, she had a lovely flat and was so warm! Excelent experience, too short though ( only 3 days) 🙂

    1. Edinburgh is a lovely city! We really liked our visit.. I have heard, such kind B&B letting was very common in Ireland as well a few years back. AirBnb and Booking.com have definitely changed things now. Thank you for sharing your experience. 🙂

  5. We’re going to Edinburgh very soon and reading this post has made me even more excited for the trip! I might check out one of those cafes you mentioned. 😊 xx

    1. Edinburgh is a charming city and we wished we had more time there.. All the food we tried there was soooooo good! Hope you have a great time 😊

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