The hilly capital of Scotland has way more in store than what you could see in 24 hours. It’d be quite a tall order to hope that you can see the entire city, which has more attractions per square mile than almost any other city in the world, in just one day. However, if you do have a day to spare in this idyllic city where the skyline is dominated by the magnificent and iconic Edinburgh Castle, here are a few things you could do. By Shubhanjana Das
Princes Street Gardens
After a quick cuppa at Castello Coffee Co, a specialist coffee shop serving Allpress espresso and generous servings of cake, walk through Princes Street Gardens towards the shadow of the Edinburgh Castle, bang in the heart of the city.
Alternatively, you can kick-start the day super early and hike through Holyrood Park. While here, you can earn your share of the first rays of Edinburgh’s waking sun, right from the highest point of the city, Arthur’s Seat.
The Royal Mile
Staying true to its name, the street that runs between the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle, through the Old Town, is precisely a mile long. A walk along the road could span up to 20-30 minutes, but given the innumerable pubs, shops, and restaurants along the way, it might take considerably longer. The Royal Mile is a must-visit as it connects two of the most significant locations in Scottish history. It even includes the Scottish Parliament Building, Canongate Kirk, John Knox House, and St Giles’ Cathedral among others. Moreover, the Edinburgh Castle is a stone throw’s distance from here.
Museum of Edinburgh
Across the street from Canongate Kirk, where the street is lined with imposing historic buildings, a bright yellow building with a red front is the Museum of Edinburgh – a true sanctuary that upholds the history of the city. It is hands down, the quickest way to acquaint yourself with Edinburgh. From the exhibition on the suffragettes to Scottish poetry, the Museum of Edinburgh is worth a stop.
Located atop The Royal Mile on an extinct volcano, the Edinburgh castle is not only the most iconic building in the city but also in all of Scotland. This is your entry point to St. Margaret’s Chapel, the National War Memorial, and the Half Moon Battery. It goes without saying that the views from the castle and its esplanade are absolutely unmatched. The best time to visit is definitely sunset!
Built as an ode to Sir Walter Scott, the Scott Monument is the tallest in the world dedicated to a writer. The Gothic architecture of this stunning monument can be admired from outside or even be explored by climbing up the 287 steps. You will be rewarded with picturesque, panoramic views of the city. Trust us, the climb is worth it!