Our Guide to Edinburgh

Chas
Our Guide to Edinburgh

Sightseeing

best if you have a lot of time to spend there - probably not worth paying the £17 for a quick visit
705 locals recommend
Edinburgh Castle
705 locals recommend
best if you have a lot of time to spend there - probably not worth paying the £17 for a quick visit
The walk up Arthur's Seat - Edinburgh's inner-city mountain - is worth it for the stunning views over the city. Best done on a clear day.
991 locals recommend
Arthur's Seat
991 locals recommend
The walk up Arthur's Seat - Edinburgh's inner-city mountain - is worth it for the stunning views over the city. Best done on a clear day.
The Botanical Gardens are about 15 minutes walk from our house, and on the direct route into town.
605 locals recommend
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
605 locals recommend
The Botanical Gardens are about 15 minutes walk from our house, and on the direct route into town.
Step aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia, Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating palace for over 40 years. Berthed in Edinburgh, follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.
194 locals recommend
Royal Yacht Britannia
194 locals recommend
Step aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia, Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating palace for over 40 years. Berthed in Edinburgh, follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.
A bridge to the future The Queensferry Crossing opened to traffic on 30 August 2017. This forms the centrepiece of a major upgrade to the cross-Forth transport corridor in the east of Scotland, representing a total Scottish Government investment of over £1.3 billion. https://www.theforthbridges.org/queensferry-crossing/
The Queensferry Crossing
A bridge to the future The Queensferry Crossing opened to traffic on 30 August 2017. This forms the centrepiece of a major upgrade to the cross-Forth transport corridor in the east of Scotland, representing a total Scottish Government investment of over £1.3 billion. https://www.theforthbridges.org/queensferry-crossing/
Walk from the Castle at the top of the Royal Mile down to Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament at the bottom, stopping at the many museums, coffee shops, restaurants and bars on the way. During August there is street theatre half way down the Royal Mile - well worth a visit
The Royal Mile
356 Royal Mile
Walk from the Castle at the top of the Royal Mile down to Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament at the bottom, stopping at the many museums, coffee shops, restaurants and bars on the way. During August there is street theatre half way down the Royal Mile - well worth a visit

Getting Around

We have a guided walk from our house into town - it takes around 45 minutes - more if you take in the Botanic Gardens, coffee shops and bars on the way into town. Stockbridge is worth lingering in. https://tinyurl.com/3e69nnwj
216 locals recommend
Stockbridge
216 locals recommend
We have a guided walk from our house into town - it takes around 45 minutes - more if you take in the Botanic Gardens, coffee shops and bars on the way into town. Stockbridge is worth lingering in. https://tinyurl.com/3e69nnwj
Edinburgh has a very good bus service. Our nearest stop is 3 minutes walk from home. Fares are £1.60 for each journey and you need the correct change. If you are planning on making more than 3 journeys during one day it's best to get a Day Ticket at £4.
35 locals recommend
Lothian Buses Travelshop
31 Waverley Bridge
35 locals recommend
Edinburgh has a very good bus service. Our nearest stop is 3 minutes walk from home. Fares are £1.60 for each journey and you need the correct change. If you are planning on making more than 3 journeys during one day it's best to get a Day Ticket at £4.

Parks & Nature

Just a 10 minute walk from our house - spend some time in the peace and quiet before heading into town. Free entry.
605 locals recommend
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
605 locals recommend
Just a 10 minute walk from our house - spend some time in the peace and quiet before heading into town. Free entry.

Entertainment & Activities

During August there will be a supply of Fringe programmes in your room. From Wikipedia - The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (often referred to as simply The Fringe) is the world's largest arts festival, which in 2016, spanned 25 days and featured 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues.[1] Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, it takes place annually in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the month of August.
The Edinburgh Fringe
4 Howard St
During August there will be a supply of Fringe programmes in your room. From Wikipedia - The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (often referred to as simply The Fringe) is the world's largest arts festival, which in 2016, spanned 25 days and featured 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues.[1] Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, it takes place annually in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the month of August.

Everything Else

There are a few sightseeing tours available in Edinburgh and there are leaflets for each in your room.
City of Edinburgh Tours
There are a few sightseeing tours available in Edinburgh and there are leaflets for each in your room.

Food Scene

The Old Chain Pier pub is a 20 minute walk from our house and serves wonderful Scottish and international food. Also does a nice range of real ales and serves prosecco by the glas on tap (one of Gillian's favourites. It's a nice walk down by the sea. Mid-range prices
63 locals recommend
The Old Chain Pier
32 Trinity Cres
63 locals recommend
The Old Chain Pier pub is a 20 minute walk from our house and serves wonderful Scottish and international food. Also does a nice range of real ales and serves prosecco by the glas on tap (one of Gillian's favourites. It's a nice walk down by the sea. Mid-range prices
This new bar and restaurant is quickly becoming a favourite for locals and visitors alike. It's a 13 minute walk from our house and serves good quality food, great beers, good atmosphere and reasonable priced.
23 locals recommend
The Herringbone
2 S Trinity Rd
23 locals recommend
This new bar and restaurant is quickly becoming a favourite for locals and visitors alike. It's a 13 minute walk from our house and serves good quality food, great beers, good atmosphere and reasonable priced.
Our local Indian retaurant is just a 10 minute walk from home and we love the food there. Reasonably priced
13 locals recommend
In Touch
13 locals recommend
Our local Indian retaurant is just a 10 minute walk from home and we love the food there. Reasonably priced
The best Thai food in Edinburgh (we think!). Lunch menu is amazing value, but great in the evening as well. It's a 25 minute walk from home or a 10 minute drive.
28 locals recommend
Nok's Kitchen
8 Gloucester St
28 locals recommend
The best Thai food in Edinburgh (we think!). Lunch menu is amazing value, but great in the evening as well. It's a 25 minute walk from home or a 10 minute drive.
You know what to expect when you go to a chain, and as Pizza chains go this is our favourite (there's also one in Leith and another in town)
12 locals recommend
Pizza Express
1 Deanhaugh St
12 locals recommend
You know what to expect when you go to a chain, and as Pizza chains go this is our favourite (there's also one in Leith and another in town)
Brilliant cosy little Italian restaurant in Leith. Best to book, even weeknights because it's small and very popular - but worth the planning. They do a wine and pasta deal on Tuesdays and Wednesdays that's great value, but really has a very affordable menu
20 locals recommend
Domenico's
30 Sandport St
20 locals recommend
Brilliant cosy little Italian restaurant in Leith. Best to book, even weeknights because it's small and very popular - but worth the planning. They do a wine and pasta deal on Tuesdays and Wednesdays that's great value, but really has a very affordable menu
Pub that does brilliant food, right in the heart of Leith. Good prices and a great base for a Leith pub-crawl!
102 locals recommend
The King's Wark
36 Shore
102 locals recommend
Pub that does brilliant food, right in the heart of Leith. Good prices and a great base for a Leith pub-crawl!
A wee bit more expensive because it's in the centre of town. Serves great traditional Scottish fare like mince &tatties and haggis. Great views across Edinburgh's New Town.
23 locals recommend
Whiski Rooms
13/4 N Bank St
23 locals recommend
A wee bit more expensive because it's in the centre of town. Serves great traditional Scottish fare like mince &tatties and haggis. Great views across Edinburgh's New Town.
Excellent family-run South Indian restaurant with decent prices. It's BYOB so that helps the budget!
22 locals recommend
Tanjore
6-8 Clerk St
22 locals recommend
Excellent family-run South Indian restaurant with decent prices. It's BYOB so that helps the budget!
This great little pub serves wonderful food and drink. One of our favourite haunts, it's a bit quirky - don't expect matching crockery and your menu will come in an old copy of National Geographic magazine!
174 locals recommend
Roseleaf bar cafe
23-24 Sandport Pl
174 locals recommend
This great little pub serves wonderful food and drink. One of our favourite haunts, it's a bit quirky - don't expect matching crockery and your menu will come in an old copy of National Geographic magazine!