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Insider's Guide: Adventures in Edinburgh Over Two Days

Updated: Jul 11

vista ruelas de Edinburgh
Edinburgh views

Welcome to an insider's guide to unforgettable adventures in Edinburgh over two days.

This vibrant Scottish city is bustling with history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes that will leave you in awe.

Edinburgh has everything, whether you're a history buff or a foodie!

Begin your adventure by exploring the iconic Edinburgh Castle, perched on an ancient volcano. Discover the rich history within its walls, from the Crown Jewels to the Stone of Destiny.

Afterward, stroll down the Royal Mile, a historic street lined with charming shops, cozy pubs, and hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

For nature enthusiasts, a hike up Arthur's Seat is a must. This extinct volcano offers panoramic views of the city and the surrounding countryside, allowing you to appreciate Edinburgh's natural beauty.

No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without indulging in some traditional Scottish cuisine. Sample haggis, neeps, and tatties at a local restaurant, or join a whisky tasting to experience the flavors of Scotland.

Join us on this two-day adventure through the enchanting city of Edinburgh. Every corner has a story to tell, and memories are waiting to be made.

So grab your map and get ready to explore.

Day One

Perched on Castle Rock, Edinburg Castle stands as a symbol of Scotland's history and power. Built around 1.130 and rebuilt through the years, which, to my eyes, made it lose part of its charm.

Discover the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Grand Halls. Let the panoramic views of the city from its walls captivate you.

Muralhas Castelo Edinburgh
Muralhas Castelo Edinburgh

We took a Get Your Guide tour and plunged into Scottish history.

Tip: Reserve your tickets in advance to avoid surprises. Everyone wants to visit the castle!

Stop by The Witchery by the castle for a dining experience. Appreciate the Gothic charm of this 16th-century restaurant.

Walk down the Royal Mile, a historic street stretching from the castle to the Palace of Holyrood! You'll find charming shops, unique boutiques, and traditional Scottish eateries. We loved Piggs Edinburgh, home of delicious Spanish Tapas.

Built-in honor of the legendary Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott, the Scott Monument stands tall in Princes Street Gardens. Climb the narrow spiral staircase for a panoramic view.

Arquitetura gótica St Giles Cathedral
Cathedral de St Giles

St. Giles Cathedral is a medieval church with stunning Gothic architecture. Admire the complex stained glass windows, ornate ceilings, and the Thistle Chapel.

End your journey down the Royal Mile at Holyrood Palace, the official house of the British monarch in Scotland. One of the coziest palaces we have ever been. Queen Elizabeth II's procession went to Holyrood Palace before a service at St Giles.

Visiting the castle will help you unconver the fascinating history of the House of Windsor.

Do not miss the new Parliament building in front of Holyrood Palace. It has a modern and stunning architecture.

Day 2

For panoramic views of Edinburgh, walk to Calton Hill. Climb the hill to reach the National Monument.

Wander into the vibrant Grassmarket area. This old square offers a bunch of charming pubs, independent shops, and cafes, perfect for a stroll. Grab a pint at The Royal Mile Tavern and experience the lively atmosphere.

If you have time visit the National Museum of Scotland and take a journey through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature and diverse cultures from around the globe.

End your trip on a high note with a visit to The Devil's Advocate. There, you can drink notable whiskies and cocktails.

Don't forget to take your time and listen to street performers.

We watched the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. A spectacular global show celebrating the skills and talents of military bands. Check it out here:

Edinburgh's beauty lies both in its iconic landmarks and hidden gems. So, get ready to discover the magic of Edinburgh!

The Gems

There is much more to this city than meets the eye. Discover hidden gems, a glimpse into Edinburgh's true heart and soul.

Dean Village is a refuge in the heart of Edinburgh. With charming 19th-century buildings and a peaceful atmosphere. Stroll along the riverside path and admire the stunning architecture.

Beneath the streets of Edinburgh lies a network of underground. Real Mary King's Close offers a glimpse into 17th-century Edinburgh. You can explore the preserved streets and hear haunting tales of murder and intrigue.

If you've ever been to any other underground, such as in Naples, King's Close might disappoint you. Naples is a labyrinth of caves and galleries with such a historical weight. King's Close is more of a show put together to impress.

For a unique perspective of Edinburgh Castle, go to The Vennel. This path offers breathtaking views. You will capture postcard-worthy photographs of the castle.

The Royal Botanic Garden is a haven of natural beauty. Explore the gardens and discover plant species from around the world.

As you uncover the city, during these two days in Edinburgh you will experience its heart and soul.

Best time to visit? Well, it depends! As a Brazilian born in Egypt, any temperature below 21° is too cold.

So I went in August, for the festival. The weather was pleasant, and it did not rain!! I must confess I was wearing a coat while everyone else T-shirts.

It was crowded but vibrant. And, it was more expensive than at other times. Up to you!

Travel Tips: everything you need before visiting Edinburgh in a click

Start planning the perfect trip!

If you can, stay in the city center. You will be able to walk around all the historical points. Radisson is a good choice. Click here to check it out.

We indulge ourselves with a stay at the Virgin Hotel. Very well-located, modern, and brand-new.

If you have just one additional day but do not want to miss the Highlands beauty, take a one day tour. Check it out here!

Find your luggage

When it comes to luggage, the only brand I buy is Samsonite. I've had a carry-on bag for over 5 years. It is still in excellent condition. For my hold bags, I have one made of soft material that has been with me for almost a decade, with a slight sign of aging but still firm. The advantage is that there's always room for a little something extra. The rigid one is much lighter. I take it on trips where I'm not taking a lot of stuff or shopping. All are excellent investments!

Find your car

For best prices, compare prices on websites like Rentalcars or DiscoverCars. Choose a reliable company such as Europcat that offers a range of vehicles and dependable service. Read more on how to Rent a Car and Explore the World.

Find your hotel Room

I used to book my hotel through the Booking platform, but lately, I am finding better deals on Anyway, I always compare prices with the hotel chain's platform, such as Hilton and Radisson. Read more about how to book the perfect hotel for your trip!

On both platforms, paying in advance will get you a discount on the fare.

Find your flight:

Expedia is a great platform to search and compare flight options and fares.


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