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Weekend in Edinburgh

created by fahad on 2016-06-27

Weekend in Edinburgh

If you time your weekend in Edinburgh right, you could find yourself in the midst of the 'Festival’, or the music/performance festival the ‘Fringe’. On any weekend in Edinburgh, you can look forward to great food, excellent scotch or single malt whiskey, loads of entertainment and breathtaking scenery.

You’ve likely pinned it on your map already, but let us remind you to save a morning for the Edinburgh Castle. it's a lot to take in, in terms of architectural beauty, the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, but do get the audio guide to get a sense of the history of castle and town alike. Enjoy the marvelous vistas over the town and the river Leith. If you’re there on a Sunday, expect to be startled by the canon shot at 1 pm, even after this fair warning!

Princes Street Gardens and the Scott Monument are nearby, and the climb up the 287 steps is worth it for the view. If Robert Louis Stevenson is to be believed, the best spot to view all of Edinburgh is Calton Hill, which is often obscured by the mist from the sea. And then of course, there’s the walk up the extinct volcano to Arthur’s Seat.

The city is big on storytelling, and there’s a lot of tales to pack into your short trip to Edinburgh. Our advice is to pick from a choice of walking tours of the city (usually free, but tips are expected) and wander off into Real Mary King’s Close or Greyfriar Bobby’s tomb with someone in the know.

If you're brave, you might want to try haggis. It takes a strong stomach to hold down the insides of a sheep, but if you’re willing to try, head down the Royal Mile to Deacon Brodie's Pub, or else Stac Polly. Then again, you could also head to the Witchery by the Castle, which offers delectable international cuisine.

You’re never far away from good whiskey in Edinburgh. Head to the whiskey museum if you’re a true fan, or spend an evening at Royal Mile Whiskies. Better still, soak in the atmosphere at Sheep Heid Inn, Royal Oak or Sandy Bell’s for an evening of boisterous Scottish fun!

If you're looking for the perfect place to compliment your weekend in Edinburgh, we recommend the Edinburgh Thistle Manor or Kingsburgh Hotels. The modernly furnished Tigerlily also offers great packages. And if you're looking for the perfect hostel, head to Castle Rock! We hope this will be a weekend trip to remember!
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    Stac Polly

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    Stac Polly is an essential Scottish restaurant that serves good food and is dressed in purple tar...

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    The Witchery By The Castle

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    Deacon Brodies Tavern

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    Deacon Brodies is a Royal Mile institution, located close to the castle. The downstairs is a pub ...

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    Tigerlily is an award-winning boutique hotel with chic rooms, an elegant bar, nightclub and a res...

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    Thistle Hotel

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    This historic Georgian building is on a quiet street in Edinburgh’s New Town, 700 metres from Hay...

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    Castle Rock Hostel

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    In Edinburgh’s Old Town, Castle Rock Hostel - Adult Only is conveniently located 11 minutes’ walk...

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    Edinburgh Castle

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    Edinburgh Castle is a magnificently situated royal fortress located on one of the highest points ...

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    Sir Walter Scott Monument

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    One of Edinburgh's iconic landmarks. Standing just across the North Bridge near Waverly railway st...

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    Arthur's Seat

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    The majestic hill overlooking the city - great for a hike. Arthur's Seat is an extinct volcano loc...

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    Calton Hill

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    Calton Hill () is a hill in central Edinburgh, Scotland, situated beyond the east end of Princes...

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    Greyfriars Bobby's Bar

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    The renowned Skye terrier, Bobby lends his name to the bar. Just in case you haven't heard the ta...

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    Royal Mile

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    This mile-long cobblestone street leads up to the castle. The Royal Mile has always been the cente...

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    Royal Mile Whiskies

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    The Sheep Heid Inn

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    Nestled in the shadow of Arthur's seat, Sheep Heid claims to have been around since 1360, the old...

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    Royal Oak

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    Sandy Bell's

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    Sandy Bell's is a sound choice, and what may be called the perfect 'Edinburgh boozer'. You could ...

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