Getting the most out of vibrant 
Edinburgh

I am going to Edinburgh with my partner for the first time this summer. We are only going for a short weekend stay so there is a lot to fit into two days. What are the essential things we should see and do during our trip?

I am going to Edinburgh with my partner for the first time this summer. We are only going for a short weekend stay so there is a lot to fit into two days. What are the essential things we should see and do during our trip?

Short trips away can be both exciting and stressful as trying to fit so much into such a short space of time can be difficult. Edinburgh is a great city for a short break though as the majority of the city’s beautiful sites are within walking distance of one another.

The first stop for anyone visiting the Scottish capital is Edinburgh Castle. Sitting atop a mount of volcanic rock, the castle provides its visitors with breathtaking views of the entire city and beyond. The National War museum is situated in the surroundings of the iconic castle and gives visitors an insight into how modern-day Scotland developed its identity. From the Castle, visitors can follow the historic Royal Mile down to the Scottish Parliament building and The Palace of Holyrood House, which recently hosted the wedding of the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.

A short stroll from the heights of the castle is The National Museum of Scotland. Current exhibitions include ‘Vikings’ and ‘Mary Queen of Scots!’ which are definitely worth visiting. Depending on which weekend you are going, the museum also embraces a number of the cities festivals and events.

A little to the North of the city centre is the Royal Botanic Gardens. On sunny days, this is the ideal place to relax in the surroundings of Scotland’s natural flora. Like many of Edinburgh’s attractions, admission to the Botanic Garden is free. However there is a small charge to enter the Gardens’ Greenhouse.

If you are the adventurous type, why not set off for the day and see the city on two wheels? Edinburgh city council has plenty of information available on various cycle routes for visitors.