48 Hours in Edinburgh

You’ve got exactly two days in Edinburgh and want to pack in as much as possible. Easy, right?

Not exactly, as Auld Reekie may be on the small side for a major city, but there’s centuries of history and masses of culture to explore. It’s built on two different levels too, so there’ll be lots of going up and down.

Here’s a suggested route for your whistle-stop tour, to get the most out of the time you’ve got.

Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags

If you get off at Waverley Station, Arthur’s Seat is likely to be one of the first things you see. And what a sight.

Like the rock that Edinburgh Castle is built on, Arthur’s Seat was formed from an extinct volcano.

It’s a relatively easy climb up and offers spectacular views across the city, so it’s super popular with tourists and locals alike.

If you’re a rock climber, be sure to check out the Salisbury Crags too.

Fresh from Scotland. Picture taken today- Arthur's Seat.

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Dean Village

After your hike, take some time to walk to Dean Village. Situated to the north-west of the centre, it has a totally different feel to the rest of the city.

Formally known as ‘Water of Leith Village’, it used to be a grain milling area. Follow the water and take a stroll around this slice of village life in the heart of Edinburgh.

 

Dr Neil’s Garden

Perhaps one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets, Dr Neil’s Garden (sometimes known as The Secret Garden), is in the Duddingston area of the city and can be accessed through the picturesque Holyrood Park.

Founded by Drs Nancy and Andrew Neil, the garden has won many awards and provided inspiration and tranquility to writers and ordinary folk alike.

It has a range of different areas, with The Physic Garden, a memorial to the Neils that highlights the medicinal properties of plants, particularly popular.

 

The Royal Mile

Afterwards, head back into town and take a stroll down the Royal Mile. With the castle at one end and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other, it’s certainly an impressive stretch.

 

The Elephant House

If you’re a diehard Potterhead, go down George IV Bridge from the Royal Mile and grab a coffee at The Elephant House. Nicknamed ‘the birthplace of Harry Potter’, it’s apparently where J.K. Rowling got the inspiration for the books.

Be sure to nip to the bathroom too, and trawl through all the Potter-inspired graffiti.

My favorite bathroom ever at the birthplace of Harry Potter! ⚡️🐘 #IdgetsleazyforRonWeasley

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Greyfriars Bobby

Wee Bobby! #greyfriarsbobby

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Just a few doors down from The Elephant House you’ll find the Greyfriars Bobby pub, with the eponymous statue outside.

Greyfriars Bobby was a small terrier from the 19th century who’s become enshrined in Scottish folklore. Legend has it that after his owner’s death, he spent 14 days lying by his grave, before then dying himself.

His statue has to be one of the most popular in Edinburgh, so don’t expect to get a quiet moment alone with the old dog.

 

The Forth Bridge

And you’re done! For those heading off to explore the Highlands, be sure to go via the Forth Bridge and take in the spectacular engineering and panoramic views.

Don’t forget your shades!

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