As you know, I was in Scotland for a long weekend in Glasgow but took a day to go to Edimburgh, it is around an hour on the train, very comfy and quick. Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, a beautiful city, its old town and new town districts of Edinburgh are listed in Unesco World Heritage list. The old town as a unique medieval town and the new town district because of his Georgian buildings.

Edinburgh

The Old Town has its medieval essence in his buildings. It is a very famous area because of the castle and the Royal Mile.

The Royal Mile is the name given to a succession of streets of the Old town in Edinburgh. Royal Mile meaning exactly that the streets are one Scot mile long. The Royal Mile goes from Edinburgh Castle at the top of Castle Rock down to Holyrood Palace. The Royal Mile is one of the most famous places in town for tourists and shopping addicts.

Edinburgh is full of piper buskings around, boys playing around, so you feel the sound of Scotland while winding around. I loved the city center of Edinburgh, medieval, you feel like being there at the time it was built.

I think that when you don't have a lot of time in a place, it is better to go local, eat specialties, go for a walk, do some shopping and feel the city. This is what we did there, as in a day you don't have a lot of time, so I rather feel what the city is about than being inside a museum for hours.

So, we went walking the Royal Mile, High Street and up to the Castle to see it on the outside and take some pics. We ate in a typical pub, some haggis and sheperds pie, check out typical food in scotland.

There are different options depending on how you want to enjoy your day in Edinburgh, there is a hop-on hop-off bus, if you are interested in going around the city. Take into account that doing all the route might take most of your day, so save time to do other things you might be interested.

Although I am not fan of Museums when I do not have a lot of time in a city, Edinburgh, has very interesting ones, the Royal Museum, National Museum of Scotland, The People's Story, Brass Rubbing Centre. All of them are very near the Royal Mile. If you like paintings, you can visit the National Gallery of Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

About monuments you can visit, there is the Scott Monument, Nelson Monument on Calton Hill where there are amazing views. If you can walk up, you can see Athur's seat for free.

If you stay at night, lucky you I only stayed during the day, there are ghosty walks around cementeries and also dinners with ceilidh. There are two of the activities I would loved to try, maybe next ime.


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Julie Sheridan commented about 5 years

I miss Edinburgh! I lived there for 10 years (left to come to Barcelona last year) and have been feeling homesick recently - your post makes me miss it more. So funny that you actually ate haggis. I suspect only tourists and drunk people on Burns' Night ever eat it. By the way, places around the Royal Mile are very expensive and I would recommend you steer clear...

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