Edinburgh

Making 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 esspresso on the Champs-Élysées is accompanied by an extravagant bill. 

The video below generously shares 20 things to do on the Edinburgh Royal Mile. You can, I have, spend a whole day here. 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

Youtuber Tony shares his local knowledge to help you plan your visit. 

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 centre in the city offering spectacular views. 

I am sometimes practical to a fault, so this gent’s suggestions on planning your day out appealed to me. It covers pub opening times, loose change for buses, changeable weather and more.   Scotland is famous for its four seasons in one day. Thought it may be useful to you too.