Hotel in Edinburgh
We stayed at Motel One at 18-21 Market Street, which is situated centrally and is only £60 per room per night.
The best way to describe the hotel is a posh travelodge. The rooms were modern and bright with the basic essentials and enough space for 2 people.The hotel is a 3 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverely and easy walking distance from the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street so no need to spend money on taxis.Breakfast is an additional amount but not worth it considering there are loads of cute cafes nearby.
Things to do in Edinburgh
For a long weekend in Edinburgh, I recommend the following itinerary:
Arthur’s Seat – if you feel fit enough, one of the most rewarding experiences in Edinburgh is to climb Arthur’s Seat, which is near Holyrood Park, a short walk from the Royal Mile. Arthur’s Seat is an ancient volcano, and sits 251m above sea level giving wonderful views of the city. There are various ways you can climb up – some more daring than others but it is simply a must do.
I decided to climb up and over to get to a small village called Duddingston, where the oldest pub in Scotland, The Sheep Heid Inn, has a cosy atmosphere for a well deserved drink.
Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile
Definitely wander around the Grassmarket, the cobbled streets of the Royal Mike and up to the Castle – look out for some 241 tickets before hand to save one entry. Even if you do not want to visit inside, it is worth walking to the entrance area (where the Tattoo is held in August) and there are beautiful views of the city.
If you want to learn more about the history of Edinburgh, I rather enjoyed The Real Mary King’s Close walking tour which takes you underground through all the “closes”. Tour lasts around an hour and is reasonably priced at £13.
Princes Street / George Street
Princes Street is the main shopping area with a long row of shops and two shopping centres nearer to Waverley station. George Street is the road behind Princes Street with some further shops and many bars and restaurants.
If you visit at Christmas time, definitely go ice skating!
On Princes Street and right by Waverely station is a Victoria gothic monument named after the Scottish author, Sir Walter Scott. Climb 287 steps to the top for great views for only £3 – you even get a little certificate at the finish.
Another freebie that does not involve as much climbing as Arthur’s Seat is Calton Hill, situated east of Princes Street, which is the headquarters of the Scottish Government.
The views from the hill are fantastic!
If you are staying in Edinburgh a little longer, or have visited before, I recommend a day trip to Loch Lomond or St Andrews, which are both less than 1.5 hours from Edinburgh.