Without question one of Europe’s most attractive cities, Edinburgh is worth a day or two of anyone’s time. With a seemingly unending series of hidden corners to explore, it’s a great place to just wander fairly aimlessly, but for a solid introduction to Scotland’s capital try this itinerary…
Walk the picturesque Royal Mile, the key thoroughfare in the multi-level Old Town between Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse, and admire the historic buildings along its length. Leave this strip to investigate the artifact-laden National Museum of Scotland – the best Old Town rainy day option.
Cross town on bridges high above train tracks and landscaped gardens at Edinburgh’s centre to access the grid of Georgian streets known as the New Town. Most are busy shopping streets, particularly pivotal Princes Street where you’ll also find artistic masterpieces in the National Gallery of Scotland. For imposing city views from the end of the street climb Calton Hill.
Some of the nicest restaurants such as Urban Angel, Indigo Yard and Henderson’s lie in the New Town, where atmospheric pubs also dot Rose Street. The most fashionable venues are along George Street. Meanwhile, the Old Town has some not-too-touristy pubs along the Royal Mile, and sports Edinburgh’s clubland on the Cowgate below.