Where to Stay We stayed in the old town, just off the Royal Mile. This was the perfect location for exploring the sites. We walked everywhere and were able to take the airport bus right to our street, nice after a day of traveling. We highly recommend Air B&B. Our 1 bedroom apartment with a full kitchen was perfect and was much cheaper than any hotel in the area.
What to Do There is so much to see in Edinburgh! We spent our days walking around and could have easily spent weeks exploring this cool city. These are a few of our highlights
Scott Monument: This monument’s architecture was breathtaking. Located right across from the tourist information center, many people go there to sunbath on the lawn or have a picnic. We just walked around it and took some pictures.
Edinburgh Castle: We decided to buy a historic Scotland pass, which granted us admission to all the castles in their group including Edinburgh Castle. We spent some time wandering the grounds and looking through the museums. We purchased the audio guide, but it really wasn’t necessary since most areas were signposted with information.
Royal Mile: We had a lot of fun walking up and down the Royal mile. There were tons of fun shops, street performers and great people watching. This is the place to pick up a few souvenirs.
Museum of Childhood: This fun free museum is a collection of toys from throughout the years. It is several stories and a great place to duck into if it starts raining. It is located right on the Royal Mile. The Museum of Edinburgh is also free and close by.
Calton Hill Lookout and Art Collective: This was a lovely walk with great views of the city. There is an observation tower you can go up, but we found the free views just fine. There is also a new art collective that was showcasing a fun musically inclined artist’s exhibit.
Holyrood Palace: Since the Common Wealth Games where on, the queen was in town. This meant we could only see the palace and grounds through the fence. It was a very impressive sight and we were sure to wave to the queen.
What to Eat/Drink
Marks & Spencer Market: At the basement level of the department store we found a great grocery store where we purchased most of our food for our time in the city. We found lots of great deals and really fresh produce. It saved us tons of money having a kitchen.
Brew Dogs Pub: We didn’t end up visiting this location, but did pop into the one in Glasgow. If you like good craft beer this is a must. We first had a Brew Dog beer in New Zealand and were hooked. Brewed in Scotland, they have something for everyone!
Edinburgh was a city we fell in love with. We would love to go back and spend a week or two soaking up more of the city.