36 Hours in Edinburgh, Scotland

Charlotte Brontë once described Edinburgh as being to London what poetry is to prose. Edinburgh Travel Guide - How to spend 36 Hours in the Scottish Capital

You might have realized a little bit of a radio silence on here the past week. That’s because, apart from writing two exams, I celebrated my 23rd birthday on Thursday and then took up en route Edinburgh for the weekend. We spent three days – that were in total sadly not much more than 36 hours – walking through the city that I so utterly fell in love with the minute I first laid my eyes on it. So today I want to talk you through our Edinburgh experience and provide you with a little Edinburgh travel guide.

Charlotte Brontë once described Edinburgh as being to London what poetry is to prose. And I couldn’t agree more. The Scottish capital, with its majestic castle sitting upon a hill in the midst of the buzz and glamour of the streets, is so intriguing, so historical, and yet also firmly set in the 21st century. Its charming atmosphere and proud reflection upon the sheer drama of its past make it a one of a kind city, drawing in tourists and stealing hearts from all over the world.

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EDINBURGH TRAVEL GUIDE

As already mentioned, we didn’t have that much time in Edinburgh and wanted to fit in as much as possible without being too stressed and exhausted at the end of the weekend. I was supposed to be my time off from all the stress back home, after all. We had an amazing time and managed to see most of the city while still being totally chilled out.

In general, I think it’s best to explore Edinburgh by foot. Simply walk around town, marvel at the cute little shops, have coffee or tea in one of the cute cafés and roam the alleys and magical streets of the Scottish capital.

Hike up Arthur’s Seat

Hands down my favorite activity from this little Edinburgh travel guide. Despite it being super rainy and windy, hiking up Arthur’s seat was so much fun and the view from the top definitely made up for all the struggle on the way up. There were different routes to the top, and I somehow managed to opt for the hardest one, taking us up steep hills and slippery rocks. However, we had the time of our lives, running up the hill and looking at the city and the sea.

The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is a century-old street, running through Edinburgh and connects some of the most important spots in the city. This is also why it’s always crowded with tourists. If you plan on visiting Edinburgh Castle, make sure to walk the Royal Mile, step into the cute closes along the road and take a peek at Holyrood Palace.

Edinburgh Castle

One simply cannot visit Edinburgh without having been to the famous castle. The castle is beautiful and historical and gives you all the feels. Our hotel was about 10 minutes from the castle and we easily walked there a couple of times because we liked it so much. During nighttime, it can be quite creepy, though.

 

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Victoria Street

Victoria Street sure is one of the most unusual and interesting streets I have ever seen. Every fangirl’s heart might now beat a bit faster, as this is where J.K. Rowling drew her inspiration for the famous Diagon Alley in her Harry Potter books. So cool, eh! The colorful storefronts are incredibly picturesque and the little shops so charming.

Circus Lane

Circus lane was one of the things that intrigued me the most. Someone recommended this gem to me on Instagram and after a quick google search, I was sure I needed to go there. It’s a quirky and historic little street hidden in Shoreditch and most certainly one of the most beautiful living areas I have ever seen. I mean duh, so cute!

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Also check out my Edinburgh Food Guide!

Charlotte Brontë once described Edinburgh as being to London what poetry is to prose. Edinburgh Travel Guide - How to spend 36 Hours in the Scottish Capital

AIRPORT TRANSFER:
Getting to the city from Edinburgh airport is super easy & cheap. 
A return ticket for the bus line costs about 8£. 
The bus leaves every 10 minutes and brings you to the city centre in about 40 min.

Have you ever been to Edinburgh? Do you have anything to add to this little Edinburgh Travel Guide?


74 Comments

  1. 14th March 2017 / 2:04 pm

    i’m going there in October with my mum I can’t wait !! Your pictures make me want to go even more now !
    Thanks for all these advice, and location, i’m saving your post for later !
    xxx Pauly.

    http://www.paulydays.blogspot.com

    • 14th March 2017 / 2:13 pm

      Oh I’m sure you’re going to have a fab time! There will also be another post about restaurants later this week so keep your eyes peeled for that one :)

  2. 14th March 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Happy belated birthday!! These photos look so beautiful; this post is such a great little guide, too! :)

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

    • 14th March 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Thanks a lot Paula x

  3. 14th March 2017 / 3:14 pm

    Edinburgh is my home and it’s always so wonderful to see people enjoying it! Circus Lane is one of my favourite spots, to live in one of those mews houses is the dream!

    The Little Things x

    • 14th March 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Yeah that’d be so cute, wouldn’t it?

  4. 14th March 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Ich fand deine Fotos auf Instagram schon so toll. Und dein Post hier dazu macht richtig Lust, nach Edinburgh zu reisen. Leider weiß ich noch gar nicht, ob ich dieses Jahr überhaupt nach Europa fliege.
    P.s. Hast du deine Schriftgröße auf dem Blog verkleinert? Die kommt mir heute extrem klein vor – oder ich brauche doch eine Brille.

    • 15th March 2017 / 8:48 am

      Oh das freut mich richtig. Ich finde es so cool das ich meine begeisterung für Edinburgh auch vermitteln konnte und so viele andere angesteckt habe :D
      Hmm.. warst du denn mit dem Handy oder PC am Blog? :) x

  5. Natascha
    14th March 2017 / 4:03 pm

    As always, such a beautifully written post! Absolutely loved the pictures :)
    Seems like I’ll have to book my next trip to Edinburgh than :P

    x Natascha

    • 14th March 2017 / 4:55 pm

      Thank you so much Natascha x

  6. 14th March 2017 / 5:39 pm

    I’m spending 3 days in Edinburgh at the start of April and i’m so excited! I’m so grateful because now I don’t have to do loads of research! So excited to see so many pretty places, i’m ready to hike for that seat but hopefully won’t accidentally take the hard one too.
    Kate || http://www.katerattley.com

    • 15th March 2017 / 8:47 am

      Just take the route all the others are taking. I thought I was clever by opting for the less crowded one :D

  7. Rachael
    14th March 2017 / 8:32 pm

    I love Edinburgh. The shops are amazing and the views from Edinburgh castle are amazing!!

    Rachael xox

    • 15th March 2017 / 8:46 am

      Right? So beautiful!

  8. Jenny Scott Russell
    14th March 2017 / 9:37 pm

    Edinburgh looks so beautiful, seems like you saw a lot in three days! I was thinking about visiting Edinburgh in the Easter holiday, do you think more than three days would be better? x
    Freyas Fashion Chapter

    • 15th March 2017 / 8:46 am

      I personally would have loved another day at least. However, you definitely can get in most of it in three days. If you have the time and the budget, opt for a little longer, though ;)

    • 15th March 2017 / 8:45 am

      Oh yes, you definitely gotta put it on your travel bucketlist :)

  9. 14th March 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I’ve been to Edinburgh once before, only for a night or two but it’s one of those places that I’d really like to go back to and be able to see it with my adult eyes!
    Lucie, xx

    http://thefrenchpier.blogspot.com/

    • 15th March 2017 / 8:45 am

      Sounds like a great plan. Edinburgh is absolutely magical x

  10. Marlene
    14th March 2017 / 11:04 pm

    I visited Edinburgh last November, and will go there again during Easter break – I’m really looking forward to it, as I only had 2 days the last time, and I’m so excited to explore it more :)
    I guess there’s so much to see, a few days more won’t even be enough!

    • 15th March 2017 / 8:45 am

      Exactly. That’s so fascinating, though. The city isn’t that big but you’ll always find something new to explore.

    • 15th March 2017 / 8:44 am

      Oh it’s magical :)

  11. 15th March 2017 / 6:43 am

    Hallo Kerstin!
    Sehr schöne Geschichte und tolle Fotos.
    Auch wenn ich selbst ein Italien-Fan bin und den Süden bevorzuge, kann ich damit super nachvollziehen, warum du von dieser Stadt so fasziniert bist. Dieses mittelalterliche Flair und die interessante Architektur und Plätzchen sind schon sehr interessant und du bringst die Begeisterung super rüber.
    Übrigens, cool: gestern hab ich dich in deiner Instastory zum ersten Mal in österreichischem Dialekt reden hören, bisher immer englisch. Auch sehr sympathisch :)
    Ciao Markus
    http://www.markusjerko.at/photos/trieste/

    • 15th March 2017 / 8:44 am

      Oh das freut mich richtig. Ich mag Italien auch super gerne aber irgendwie zieht es mich dann doch immer in den Norden. Ich versuche btw jetzt mehr Deutsch zu sprechen in den Stories, irgendwie kommt das super an. Und meinen Dialekt werde ich sowieso nicht los :P

  12. 15th March 2017 / 1:19 pm

    love this,Edinburgh is on the top of my bucket list ,I love everything about it and your photos are making me wanna visit it from now hh xo

    todaysouhaila.blogspot.com

    • 15th March 2017 / 1:52 pm

      Yes it’s amazing, you just gotta go there. I’m sure you’re going to love it. x

    • 15th March 2017 / 1:52 pm

      Vielen lieben Dank Céline. Freut mich total zu hören. Wir hatten einen ganz ganz tollen Trip :)

  13. 15th March 2017 / 8:00 pm

    Also ich wusste ja schon, dass Edinburgh tolle Ecke hat, aber das dort auch so tolle Ecken zu finden sind, dass war mir bisher noch nicht so klar. Dein Text und deine Bilder sind einfach beeindrucken und jetzt möchte ich das Ganze unbedingt auch einmal selbst erkunden.

    Liebe Grüße
    Kathleen von http://www.kathleensdream.de

    • 16th March 2017 / 10:35 am

      Danke Kathleen. So lieb von dir. Ich freu mich richtig das ich so viele mit meiner Edinburgh begeisterung anstecken konnte. x

  14. 15th March 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Leider war ich bisher noch nicht in Edinburgh, aber deine Eindrücke zeigen mir, dass sich ein baldiger Besuch auf jeden Fall lohnt! Wunderschöne Bilder und Eindrücke der Stadt. Die ist ab jetzt auf jeden Fall auf meiner Bucketliste.
    Wie süß die ganzen Straßen sind und die Atmosphäre gefällt mir richtig gut!
    Liebst Kathi
    http://www.meetthehappygirl.com

    • 16th March 2017 / 10:34 am

      Oh vielen lieben Dank Kathi. Das freut mich. Die Stadt ist wirklich grandios!

  15. 15th March 2017 / 9:24 pm

    Toller Travel-Guide, man merkt einfach, was für ein schönes Wochenende es war! Ich war noch nie in Edinburgh, aber bin durch deine Bilder hier und auf Insta doch ein wenig angefixt, mich dieses Jahr nochmal in Richtung Schottland auf den Weg zu machen! Muss dir übrigens nochmal erneut ein Kompliment für dein neues Design aussprechen, es ist wirklich so hübsch geworden und passt perfekt zu dir und deinem Blog!

    Alles Liebe,
    Linn

    https://www.linnmaira.com

    • 16th March 2017 / 10:35 am

      Danke danke Linn. So lieb von dir x

    • 16th March 2017 / 1:34 pm

      Oh ich kann es dir richtig ans Herz legen :)

    • 16th March 2017 / 1:34 pm

      Couldn’t agree more!

  16. 16th March 2017 / 12:09 pm

    liebe Kerstin, das sind wirklich so super schöne Eindrücke und Fotos! ich fühle mich sofort zurückversetzt in meine Bed&Breakfast-Reise in Schottland, wo ich mit meinem damilgen partner auch nach Edinburgh gekommen bin. hatte mir super gefallen und ich denke, ich sollte dieser schönen Hauptstadt mal wieder einen Besuch abstatten :)

    hab eine tolle Restwoche,
    ♥ Tina
    http://liebewasist.com

    • 16th March 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Oooh wie toll. Ja Schottland ist generell so unheimlich toll. Aber Edinburgh, was für eine Stadt!

  17. 16th March 2017 / 1:40 pm

    First of all; Happy Bloody Birthday you lovely lady – hope you had the BEST day! Secondly; how friggin amazing is Edinburgh?! I took Ben in January for his birthday and we had the most wonderful time! It was just so dreamy; the Royal Mile/castle was my favourite! So glad you had the best time!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

    • 17th March 2017 / 8:28 am

      Thank you so much babe! We’ve had a great time. Edinburgh is such a fab city, how can you not enjoy yourself tho? :D

  18. 16th March 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Wow was für schöne Eindrücke. :)
    Nach Edinburgh möchte ich auch unbedingt mal.
    Die Häuser sehen so toll aus, diese Stadt hat bestimmt seinen ganz eigenen Flair. :)
    Liebste Grüße Tamara
    http://www.fashionladyloves.com/

    • 17th March 2017 / 8:28 am

      Ja das hat sie auf jeden Fall x

  19. 16th March 2017 / 10:18 pm

    Such pretty pictures! I was in Edinburgh almost 8 years ago, and I’ve been wanting to back ever since – I loved it so much! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long without having returned to the city, but hopefully I’ll manage to do so soon! It’s such a beautiful city! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • 17th March 2017 / 8:28 am

      Oh you definitely gotta return soon. It’s a stunning place. x

    • 17th March 2017 / 8:27 am

      Oh you definitely need to x

    • 17th March 2017 / 8:27 am

      Edinburgh ist wirklich super! x

  20. Carrie
    17th March 2017 / 9:43 am

    wow das sind unglaublich tolle Impressionen. da muss ich echt mal hin. Danke für deinen interessanten Beitrag

  21. 17th March 2017 / 11:04 am

    wow eine tolle bilderflut – da bekommt man ja richtig lust in den nächsten flieger zu steigen u dort hinzufahren :)
    es gibt nur leider noch so viele orte wo ich hinmöchte :)
    glg katy

    http://www.lakatyfox.com

    • 17th March 2017 / 11:30 am

      Ja leider. Wenn man mal anfängt dann kann man nie wieder aufhören zu reisen. so schlimm!

  22. 17th March 2017 / 10:09 pm

    Wunderschöner Post und absolut tolle Eindrücke!

  23. 18th March 2017 / 2:39 pm

    I’m so in love I can’t believe I haven’t visited yet and I’m only in London. Beautifully captured and really motivated me to go this summer hopefully. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Dominica from London, http://www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk xXx

    • 23rd March 2017 / 3:15 pm

      Oh you definitely gotta go. It’s not too far from London ;)

  24. 19th March 2017 / 11:26 am

    I live right by Edinburgh so I’m there a lot and I can never get over the beauty of the city, I think that it is probably the most beautiful city in the world and I’ve travelled around a fair bit :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

    • 19th March 2017 / 2:33 pm

      Yeah I also love it very very much. Such a special place.

  25. 19th March 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Urgh really want to go to Edinburgh!

    • 19th March 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Oh you should. It’s incredible there.

  26. 19th March 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Ich war vorletztes Jahr auch in Edinburgh. Vorher dachte ich nur “Naja, wir fahren nach Schottland” aber wie schön diese Stadt ist, weiß man erst wirklich wenn man dort war. Wir waren während des Fringe Festivals dort, überall Künstler und Musiker an jeder Ecke. Super voll aber auch ein ganz besonderes Flair. Meine liebste Anekdote aus diesem Urlaub: An einem Tag hatten wir etwa 19/20° und die Sonne schien. Wir waren in einer Pizzeria essen und die Kellnerin war völlig außer Atem. Klar, kellern ist ein harter Job. Und dann fragt sie uns ob es draußen auch so mega heiß ist wie hier drinnen. Jaja, die Schotten. :D

    • 19th March 2017 / 8:21 pm

      Hihihi wie lustig. Wir sahen Leute mit kurzen Hosen und Shirts bei 8 Grad am Arthur’s seat während wir im Regen gefroren haben – so lustig. Aber die Stadt ist wirklich einzigartig.

  27. 24th March 2017 / 10:11 am

    Belated happy birthday! Looks like such a blast (and chill) weekend! :)

    • 24th March 2017 / 11:48 am

      Thanks a lot Teesh! x

    • 28th March 2017 / 11:06 am

      Aw thank you so much girl!

    • 30th March 2017 / 9:05 am

      Thank you. Hope you get to visit soon x

  28. 1st April 2017 / 2:11 pm

    Edinburgh ist einfach nur super schön! Ich war dort selbst schon mal und bin immer noch begeistert von dieser tollen Stadt, die so voller Geschichte ist. Deine Fotos zeigen echt auf jeden Fall die schönsten Seiten Edinburghs :-)

    Liebe Grüße, Milli
    (http://www.millilovesfashion.de)

    • 1st April 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Oh ja, die Stadt ist einfach magisch! Danke Milli x

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