I’ll cut straight to the chase – the city stole my heart. Spending less than a day in Edinburgh I was totally sold on living here. It could be because I was lucky with the weather or because of charming medieval stone buildings or warm whiskey, whatever it is, Edinburgh deserves to be the capital of the proud land of Scots. With a population of not even half a million people, it still has the feeling of the cozy little town. But do not be scared off by size, there are plenty of things to do in Edinburgh.

Hike to the Arthur’s Seat

ViewoverCityNo doubt, a number one of the things to do during a day in Edinburgh should be a hike to Arthur’s Seat, which is the highest peak of the hills in Holyrood park. It is only 250 meters high and easy to climb. As the reward to a little sweat, you will produce by hiking, the hills will open an impressive panoramic view over the city in front of you.


ArthursSeatviewIf you get a warm enough day during your visit, do not miss the opportunity to hike the hill and see the sun going down right over the city. The view is spectacular.Sunset Over City

Take a Walk in the Old Town

The ancient Scottish architecture is quite distinct and if you are looking for something different than typical western European old towns, Edinburgh has what you are looking for. The majority of the old town buildings are made of stone and evaporate the sense of nothing else but magic.

CityBuildings You may as well be a little bit goth and take a walk through a beautiful old cemetery.


Chill Out in Edinburgh Park

There is an amazing green park in the heart of the city with a view over the Edinburgh castle, which is one of the main sights in Edinburgh. I only got to see it from afar, but I am sure it is as impressive inside as it is outside.Park

Experience the Pub Culture

Pubs in Scotland are as plentiful as sheep and they do have a numerous selection of beers and cider and most importantly – whiskey! I am not a huge fan of it myself, but if you are in Scotland, you might as well try the land’s national drink, it’s not the end of the world, or is it!?

WorldsEndIf you are looking for good places to eat in Edinburgh, I would recommend a nice place called Bella Italia. I know, why would you go to Scotland to eat Italian food, right? But this place was so nice that I had to try it. And they serve amazing low-fat pizzas there as well.

BelaItaliaWrap Up

Spending a day in Edinburgh was too short but very memorable. The city is a perfect preview of Scottish beauty that awaits the travelers who dare to explore the North or the soaking wet west coast.

For more itineraries around Scotland, see my article ONE WEEK SCOTLAND ITINERARY and THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ISLE OF SKYE.

8 comments… add one
  • Paul (The Travelling Boomer) 02 Sep 2015, 1:21 am

    Good post — I always think Edinburgh as being dark and grey, but you actually got some shots where the sun was shining. I liked the building with the strange, square clock tower — oh, and the pink hair.
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  • sarah 02 Sep 2015, 6:41 pm

    You got some really good photos from the Arthur’s seat hike; when I went up it was raining and you couldn’t really see much (it wasn’t raining when I started but you know how quickly the weather changes)

    • Lena 02 Sep 2015, 9:54 pm

      Agee, Sarah. You have to be packed for sun/rain/wind all the time in Scotland. That’s the rule.

  • Conor (The Continental Drifters) 03 Sep 2015, 2:59 pm

    Glad to see you got here when the sun was shining, doesn’t happen too often 🙂 Amazing photos from Arthurs Seat as well, I’ve been up 4 times and never seen the sun shine over the city!!

    • Lena 03 Sep 2015, 4:59 pm

      I guess I was lucky then! Cities always look more charming under some rays of sun.
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  • Madi 08 Sep 2015, 2:58 pm

    I want to visit Edinburgh SO badly – your pictures are amazing.

  • Hanna 08 Sep 2015, 4:50 pm

    I visited Edinburgh last Christmas and it was so magical, this has made me pine to go back.

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