3 Days in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a wonderful city to discover. You will either arrive into the airport or into Edinburgh Waverly Train Station which is in the heart of the city centre. Public transport is excellent; if you arrive into the airport you have the choice of a taxi, the Trams or the excellent air link bus that leaves every 10 minutes and takes you straight to Waverly Bridge ( a half hour bus ride pass the Zoo). You should avoid bringing a car as you can walk to most places. Parking is expensive, if you are venturing further a field after your trip into Edinburgh, then either hire your car after you have finished your trip into Edinburgh or leave your car outside of the Pay Zones. We recommend you stay in one place for the duration.
  • Bells Brae
  • Town House Edinburgh
  • 11 Belford Place
  • Doris Crook B&B

Day 1

Walk the length of The Royal Mile, at one end you have Edinburgh Castle and the other The Palace of Holyrood, The Queens Gallery, as well as The Scottish parliament and Dynamic Earth. You could spend a whole day just soaking up the atmosphere visiting any of these attractions that interest you. There is also Dynamic Earth, and a walk onto the famous Arthurs Seat.


  • Holyrood Palace
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Dynamic Earth
  • Ravensdown Guesthouse
  • Sandilands House
  • Claremont House
  • Scott House

Day 2

Walk the Water of Leith commencing at Canon Mills and ending at The Scottish Gallery of Modern Art. (Approx 1 hour) The Gallery of modern and contemporary art is also home to a fantastic sculpture park. Admission is free. A charge may be made for special exhibitions. Have a delicious al fresco meal in restaurant One or a more formal lunch at Gallery 2 which is a short stroll across the road. Take The Gallery bus back into the City Centre and Visit the Scottish National Gallery. If you still have energy finish the day by walking to Carlton Hill and view all of its national monuments where you will be able to see over to the Firth of Forth, view Arthurs Seat and Salisbury Crags


  • National Gallery of Modern Art
  • Water of Leith Walkway
  • Carlton Hill
  • Rutland Hotel Apartment
  • Inverleith Hotel
  • Kildonan Lodge Hotel
  • 18 Hermitage Gardens
  • Craigmore

Day 3

Enjoy a stroll along George Street for a spot of shopping. If travelling with children you will find the City Art Centre, the Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile, The Scottish Story telling centre and the excellent bus tours are a must if you would prefer to save your strength and view the city in a more portly fashion!! There are different options of bus tour so if you would like to visit Leith and the Stunning Botanical Gardens then we recommend visiting The Royal Yacht Britannia which was Her Majesty's Queen Elizabeth II former Royal yacht which was in service from 1954 to 1997. A visit to The Dundgeons or the Real Mary King’s Close which is buried deep beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The city’s deepest secret; a warren of hidden streets that has remained frozen in time since the 17th Century.


  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Real Mary King's Close
  • Royal Yacht Brittania

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