I take any chance I get a weekend away in Edinburgh since its one of my favourite cities in the world and I visited it so many time. Each time I try and do something different so on this visit I created a round-up of things I got up to and things that I believe are worth visiting.
It’s a rare occasion to get a full weekend of blue skies in Edinburgh so of course, I had to make the best out of it and share with you guys. So here are few things that you should do in Edinburgh regardless of whether you are visiting for the first time or not.
There is nothing like taking walk up the Royal Mile towards the castle to feel yourself get lost in years of history that is present like nowhere else like in Edinburgh. The closes and courtyards of the Old Town carry many secrets and are considered haunted. The eery feeling is undeniable but I think this is what makes Edinburgh so unique and special. If you take the stairs down the Castle Wynd North towards the Grassmarket. Edinburgh is so well connected so it’s easy to walk to everywhere in no time.
Grassmarket used to be used as a kettle market all the way back to 14th century hence the name. Now its one of the busiest squares in Edinburgh and a home to many independent stores, bars and pubs. Half Hangit Mary is a pub located right in front of the place where they used to hang people including Maggie Dixon who apparently survived.
From here walk up the Victoria Street and take the stairs right next to the Radisson Collection Royal Mile to access the terrace which provides really nice views and a great spot for a photo.
This is actually my first time at the Calton Hill and I was so lucky to visit it on a very warm day. Blue skies really helped me capture and as per usual I went little crazy on my photos. Calton Hil offers gorgeous views over Edinburgh and a perfect spot to hike up to since it only takes an approx 20-minute walk from Waverly Station. I think its so cute to come here with your partner as there is definitely a romantic vibe in the air. Hopefully, you will be lucky with the weather as I was.
This is another one of my firsts in Edinburgh and I absolutely loved it. So many beautiful flowers and plants everywhere that it provides a perfect spot to escape a hustle and bustle of the city. It’s very peaceful, family friendly and it provides a perfect place to take photos. The Garden is open daily until 5 pm from 1 February to 30 November and the admission is £6.50 for a regular adult ticket.
From the Royal Botanic Gardens, you can walk around 15 minutes toward Stockbridge and a quaint Circus Lane. The reason I added Circle Lane to the list its because its a perfect place to come and capture Edinburgh but at the same time it’s not touristy at all. It’s a very quiet residential street with an occasion few Instagram savvy visitors. I think its absolutely beautiful and I wanted to share it with you guys.
I visited Dean Village on our last day and the weather wasn’t as nice as on previous days but luckily it was dry. Overcast never stopped me from exploring a spot I’ve never been too. Let’s just say quaint is the word and if you are looking for a little escape and a long walk then the Dean Village is a good option.
I hope you like my suggestions and please let me know if you have been to any of the places I recommended in comments below.