How to Spend 2 Days in Edinburgh
I had a feeling I was going to love Edinburgh, and love it I did. Not only is the city replete in majestic architecture, but the people are so friendly too. Of course, there’s no city that doesn’t possess an interesting past, but when walking through the Scottish capital it does feel like the streets are paved with it.
WHAT TO DO
Situated in Holyrood Park, the hike to this rocky summit rewards you with a five-star view of Edinburgh below. Honestly, as someone whose gym pass is gathering dust, the climb to Arthur’s Seat was extremely doable. Plus, there are different routes for all abilities.
We stayed at the Castle Rock Hostel, which is in the heart of Old Town, so we spent a good portion of our trip just wandering aimlessly around this area. Stroll around without an agenda and explore the small alleyways, courtyards and Harry Potter-worthy architecture.
My main tip for Old Town would be to book a walking tour for a better understanding of its turbulent and often dark past. We went with Sandemans for their free tour (you pay what you want at the end), and our theatrical guide made wandering around the main sites of Old Town so entertaining and informative.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
I’m not ashamed to admit that this was one of the highlights of my trip! Prepare to be baffled across six floors of illusions by anything from eye-boggling 3D holograms to a very disorienting mirror maze. And don’t miss the 360-degree panoramic views from the intriguing Camera Obscura.
A striking feature of the city’s skyline, this historic fortress atop Castle Rock makes for an enlightening walk through history. The glittering Crown Jewels alone are worth the visit.
This part of the city has its own special charm, plus it’s where you get the most impressive view of Castle Rock. Take a stroll through Princes Gardens, admire the gothic Scott Monument, and shed those pounds with a little retail therapy on Princes and George Street.
WHAT TO EAT
Hula Juice Bar
After walking past the adorable, sunny yellow exterior of this café we made plans to come back for breakfast. With loads of healthy options, fresh juices and shakes – this colourful eatery offers a guilt-free alternative to a full Scottish breakfast.
Quite a different beast to Hula (ahem), this highly rated sandwich shop serves the best pork sandwich I’ve ever tried. Sometimes I dream about this sandwich, it’s that good.
MUMS Great Comfort Food
On the hunt for comfort food, we stumbled upon this retro-style diner and we were not disappointed. There’s hearty fare aplenty, from bangers and mash to pies and mushy peas, plus incredible milkshakes… the perfect grub for a chilly evening.
Tour the Highlands
If you’ve booked a quick getaway to Edinburgh, you can still squeeze in a trip to the Highlands! We booked a one-day tour with The Hairy Coo and it was one of the most memorable days of my life. Of course, I hope to visit the Highlands again for a more leisurely trip, but I am glad I didn’t miss out on this heavenly part of the world due to time constraints.