24 Hours in Edinburgh, Scotland

August 18, 2016

24 hours. One city.

I went to Scotland! This place is gorgeous! It is unlike any place I have been; so full of history and liveliness.

Are you going to Edinburgh, Scotland? Here are the places I hit and my experiences there! Of course because I was only there for A DAY I missed a lot of great places! I hope to visit them next time I visit (fingers crossed!).

1. Edinburgh Castle

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My advice: Get here early! Order tickets online! This is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Edinburgh.


This castle takes 1-2hrs(or more) to soak up all its beauty. There are lots of little museums up there to explore. Also from the top here, you can see a 360 degree view of Edinburgh! Take out those selfie sticks to get the coolest photos!

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2. Carlton Hill

This is a quick and easy visit you can stop in at any part of the day. There are three main things to visit here, but I mainly came here for the view! It is a small detour so consider stopping here!

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3. Scott Monument

This landmark is just something to stop by and look at when you are passing by on the busy street. The architecture is very dark and intricate; depressing but in a way stunning too. It clashes with the modern buildings around it, but it also brings out the detailed carvings. If you notice on the statue of a man in the picture, there is a bird on his head. Well, this poor man’s body is covered in bird poop, so his head and shoulders are stained white! Yuck!

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4. Royal Mile

This is a really busy and touristy area, but a must see in Edinburgh. Along here are tons of restaurants and cathedrals you can pop in. Since I was here during Festival time, it was packed with street performers and bagpipe players. It was neat to see so many people in one place acting, singing, or dancing


5. Rose Street

A pedestrian friendly road with tons of pubs and eateries, this is the place to go to enjoy great night life. I recommend grabbing a sticky toffee pudding, a classic Scottish dessert! This beautiful place has live music, laughter, and is tons of fun!

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6. Foodies Festival

Before exploring the Royal Botanical Gardens, right outside is a big park and there was a big Foodies Festival. Inside, there were tents and tents of breweries, pastry chefs, jam makers, you name it! Almost all of them had samples out. I tried Scottish fudge, brownies, hot sauces, anything really! It was so fun to go to tent to tent. If you get a chance to go, make sure to try Scottish Smoked Salmon; it is the best ever! It is also super healthy, so grab a big piece for your lunch!

7. Stockbridge Neighborhood

For dinner, I explored this little neighborhood about a half mile from downtown Edinburgh. It has great night life; this is where the residents of the city live. Check this out for a relaxing night!

8. Palace of Holyrood

This was one of my favorite place I visited in Edinburgh! This trip I have become obsessed with royal history, and this magnificent place teaches you all about the Scottish Royals. With an audio guide (they’re free so utilize them!), it walks you around the palace and points out tiny details in paintings or furniture that you would have never noticed. Defiantly stop here!

Honestly, I would have wanted more time in Edinburgh because even though it is a smaller city, there are still too many places I wanted to go! Next time in Scotland I definitely want to visit the highlands, the lochness monster, and explore Glascow, a nearby city.

Whats on your Scottish bucket list? Have you been to any of these places! Talk to me in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

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