How to make the most of your day out to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.

Travel tip: 

Abandon the car for Edinburgh. opt for the train, tram, bus or your feet. Less stress. There are regular trains from Dunblane, 4 miles from Doune Bed and Breakfast. 

Edinburgh Royal Mile

At the top of the mile is the impressive Edinburgh Castle. One mile, exactly, at the bottom of the road, is Holyrood Palace. If you are on the clock, allow 2-3 hours for the castle visit and about 1 hour for Holyrood Palace. For free things to do in-between you can easily while away an hour on the mile. Surprisingly food and drink on the mile is the same price as everywhere else. Very unlike Paris where an espresso on the Champs-Élysées is accompanied by an extravagant bill. 

 You can, I have, spend a whole day here on the Edinburgh Royal Mile. It’s best avoided in August when the Edinburgh Fling is on, as it’s awfully busy. Mind you, the on-street performance and jam-packed itinerary of drama, music and dance makes Edinburgh a mecca for culture in late summer.

Top 5 free things to do in Edinburgh

The Royal Botanical Gardens is often overlooked – but offers a haven of peace and a wealth of diverse flora. 

The Scottish Parliament where policies and politics are fiercely debated is at the bottom of the Royal Mile neighbouring Holyrood Palace and Dynamic Earth. 

The National Museum of Scotland is an inspired way to share time with loved ones. There’s interactive learning for little kids and plenty to learn and enjoy for everyone. 

St. Giles Cathedral contains a private chapel corner reserved for the queen. Keep a keen eye open when admiring the carpentry. Can you find the bagpiper?

Most days you will hear the distinctive sound of bagpipers, on the mile and certainly at Princes Gardens as you come off the train. 

Do climb Arthur’s Seat, a hill dead center in the city offering spectacular views. 

Keeping the kids entertained in the capital city of Edinburgh


Sometimes practical to a fault, may I suggest; flat shoes for the cobbled streets, loose change for the buses, something waterproof for the changeable weather and a designated driver – or the option of the train. Which is easier from Doune given parking.