What to do in Edinburgh in one day

09:00 – The Raeburn Hotel

09:30 – Princes Street Gardens / Princes Street

10:30 – The Deacon’s House Cafe

11:00 – Edinburgh Old Town

12:30 – The World’s End Restaurant

14:00 – National Museum of Scotland

16:00 – Le Cafe Bleu

17:00 – Edinburgh Castle

18:30 – Jenners

19:30 – Ondine Restaurant

21:00 – Jamie’s Scottish Evening

22:30 – The Jolly Judge

23:59 – The Bongo Club

 

We mapped out your day trip in Edinburgh

Each highlight of your day trip is numbered, simply follow the guide

What you should absolutely know about Edinburgh

City highlights, food & drinks, expressions, weather, how to get there and how to get around

During your Edinburgh day trips, explore the balance between the medieval Old Town and the elegant New Town. Check out the hilltop Edinburgh Castle, the home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny. Wander around the downtown and discover the city’s ancient alleys and hidden treasures. From sea kayaking and rock climbing to mountain biking and canoeing, Edinburgh is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Take a walking tour and enjoy food and drink tastings while learning about the city’s fascinating history. Enjoy a show at the Brunton Theater, take a Scotch Whiskey tour, and relax with a pint of beer in a local pub

Admire the Royal Botanic Gardens, learn to ski at the Midlothian Snowsports Centre, or explore the natural beauty of John Muir Country Park. Visit the world-famous Edinburgh Zoo to see the pandas or watch a rugby tournament and support the Scottish national team at Murrayfield Stadium

Feast on scrumptious hog roast rolls, wings, and curry. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a hot chocolate float or delectable raspberry brownies. Dive into steaming plates of haggis, clootie dumplings, and sugary fruit puddings. Porridge and kippers are also a Scottish food tradition

Edinburgh is often referred to as “Embra” by the locals. “Baffies” is Scottish slang for “Slippers” and “Barry” is an adjective meaning “Great” or “Fantastic”. “Shan” is used to describe something unfair or terrible. A toilet is sometimes referred to as a “Cludgie”

Summer in Edinburgh is cool and comfortable at 60 to 70 degrees. Fall brings damp wet weather averaging in the 40s and 50s. Brace yourself for the chilly winter, where temperatures can dip into the 30s. Spring is relatively dry, sunny, and in the 60s

Hail a black taxi for your journey into the city for around 23 Euros or have the airport express bus carry you for a little over 3 Euros per ride. You can take the 35 bus into the city and buy a day pass for 3.5 Euros as well

Edinburgh is a walkable city and you can easily explore the architecture, history, shops, theaters, museums, and other attractions on foot. Use Edinburgh’s public transportation system, consisting of trams, trains, and buses

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