Ahh, bonnie Edinburgh! Such a beautiful, medieval city. It’s mesmerizing history, breathtaking Royal Mile (especially the uphill bits!), free museums and lush parks. There’s so much to see in this ancient city, you might have to make some tough itinerary choices. You could easily blow your budget on cashmere scarfs and tartan kilts, but I want to show you a few tips that the locals use when they visit Edinburgh. Save when you visit Edinburgh to afford a cashmere scarf & maybe even a kilt!Click To Tweet
Put on your walking shoes! There is so much to see & do, you won’t want to waste a minute!
Scottish National Galleries – There are 2 galleries across the street from the Edinburgh Waverly train station. One is free & one has admission. Both are excellent.
Scottish National Museum – Once you make your way to the Royal Mile, this museum is a quick 5 minute walk away. So much history & science! It’s hands-on, so dig in and have some fun as you visit Edinburgh. The Museum is just up the road from the National Library‘s Edinburgh campus.
Play in Princes Street Gardens. Remember it’s near the Waverley Station, so plan accordingly so as not to have to walk up the hill more than necessary. The kid’s play area, in this park that parallels the train tracks, is at the end of the park furthest from the train station. It’s a lovely park hidden from the hustle and noise of the city. There’s a cafe near the kid’s area. Perfect for those needing a coffee!
Shop at Grassmarket. There’s a weekly street market, tantalizing shops & fabulous restaurants – my favorite is Fiddler’s Arms. They’ve got the best haggis & the best burgers I’ve found!
Visit Scottish Parliament – They have fairly tight security, but it’s worth it to peek in at how a country is governed!
Take a Self-Guided Tour of University of Edinburgh Campuses. University campuses always have great parks. The campus is a mix of old and new. Have fun exploring!
Visit the monuments at Regent Gardens in Edinburgh’s New Town. If you love hill-walking, Edinburgh is your city! This walk is totally worth the view. You can see for miles in every direction!
Take amazing panoramic photos from the outer courtyard of Edinburgh Castle*, watch the changing of the guard and visit the giftshop in the inner court yard.