Edinburgh itinerary can be found easily online, but here, we share the itinerary created by a local who lived there. Scotland is a gorgeous destination. There is something about the historical buildings and the natural landscape. Scotland is also a great destination for a weekend getaway if you are in the UK.
Some Popular Places in Edinburgh:
- Arthur’s Seat
- Edinburgh Castle
- The Royal Yacht Britannia
Today, we are lucky to interview Elliott Callender, a Londoner who lived in Edinburgh for 7 years. He shares his favourite places in the city and recommends the best restaurants in the area. If you are travelling in Edinburgh, you should check out his 2 Bedroom Airbnb in the heart of Leith Walk.
About This 2D1N Edinburgh Itinerary
This itinerary is altered to make sure the recommendations are within the same areas to minimise travelling time. It also focuses on food, because let’s be real, who doesn’t like food? There is a hike that might be challenging if you do not like hikes. Alternative activities are recommended below.
Edinburgh has more to offer than just 2 days, so we asked Elliott for more recommendations and you can find them at the bottom of this 2D1N Edinburgh Itinerary. At the end of the article, you can save the map of all the recommendations by Elliott.
Day 1 in Edinburgh: Exploring Leith and Royal Mile
Morning in Leith
You probably heard about this popular film, Sunshine on Leith. It features Leith, the upcoming hip area in Edinburgh. Elliott’s apartment is just on the famous Leith Walk, making it close to the city center yet quite enough, without all the tourist noises.
Start your day with breakfast at Mimi’s Bakehouse. It is a great place to sit and chill. Located right on The Shore, you might even be able to nab a seat outside and relax.
Afternoon in Leith
Feeling hungry? Eat at The Kitchin, one of the two Edinburgh’s Michelin Starred restaurant. It is near the apartment so you can head back to rest in the comfortable home after a great meal.
After, you should check out The Royal Yacht Britannia. See how the Queen and the British Royalty used to sail around the world. It provides an insight into the royal life and interiors from the fifties. If you are there, check out the tea room for homemade cakes and scones.
Visting a bar is the Scottish culture. Head down to Roseleaf bar café, a cosy bar ticked away in The Shore area. They serve tea and food.
Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle
You cannot miss the Royal Mile if you are in Edinburgh. Leading up to Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile is a fantastically historic street, which during Festival Season becomes a vibrant and exciting hub for many street performers from across the globe. Check it out!
Head up to Edinburgh Castle. Being Edinburgh’s most popular tourist attraction, the Edinburgh Castle is steeped in history. It is the most definitive castle in the United Kingdom and paid-for tourist attraction in Scotland. If you don’t want to pay, you can enjoy the view of the castle in a few restaurants or visit the entrance of the castle. Within the Castle are multiple smaller attractions, including the twelfth century St Margaret’s Chapel, reputedly the oldest building in Edinburgh, and the ‘Crown Square’ of Royal palaces and halls.
Behind The Royal Mile, the Grassmarket has a backdrop of Edinburgh Castle fit to make anyone swoon at Edinburgh’s beauty. Be sure to come down here during the Festival Season to check out performances and all sorts of other stuff going on.
Ready for the best steak restaurant in Edinburgh? STEAK has a beautiful environment, great cuts and fantastic service. It is worth every penny! Ps: it is a great date spot.
A traditional Edinburgh pub, you can get the full Scottish eating experience in Deacon Brodies Tavern. Spend the night with a pint of beer and some great food.
Day 2 in Edinburgh: Exploring Nature and Princes Street
Breakfast in Princes Street
A great Indian fusion restaurant with a nice vibe, Dishoom Edinburgh is where you should go for breakfast. Yes, you read that right, they do fantastic breakfasts with an Indian twist!
Afternoon in Arthur’s Seat
Next, hike up the famous Arthur’s Seat. But not before going to Café Piccante. Grab the famous Deep Fried Mars Bars in Scotland – or better yet, “Chippy sauce” that can only be found in Edinburgh, but yet to get your paws on one of these delights. Get your bum here!
Trevellers Tip: You’ll be asked if you want “Salt & Sauce” – the answer is always YES and the sauce you get will be special Edinburgh brown sauce. Thank me later!
Once an active volcano, Arthur’s Seat is now a rather good place to hike your way up and see the stunning views all over Edinburgh, along with over the Firth of Forth towards Fife. TIP: Feeling a little lazy – you can take the car part of the way up and around Arthur’s Seat. Quite good if you want to tick it off your bucket list.
After the hike, take a stroll around Princes Street. It is the iconic shopping street, just 15 minutes stroll away from the apartment. You can spend time shopping, eating and taking obligatory snaps of the Edinburgh Castle.
Which brings me to the next stop, The Balmoral hotel. Iconic in every shape and sense of the word, this 5 Star hotel offers some of the most quintessential Edinburgh and Scottish fare, along with a traditional vibe. Come here for a luxury Spa Day, fantastic Afternoon Tea and a drink or two at their bar – you may even bump into an international celebrity or two!
Can’t get enough of the stunning view of the Edinburgh Castle? Chaophraya Thai Restaurant is an upmarket Thai fusion restaurant with a great view of the castle. Book ahead as it gets very busy.
End the night with 2 cocktail bars.
- Tigerlily is a swanky bar with nice cocktails and good atmosphere. The bar is located in their boutique hotel and George Clooney was there in 2017!
- Panda & Sons is a secret bar. This hidden speakeasy bar is disguised as a vintage barber shop. Their cocktails are creative, paired with high quality bites.
Other Edinburgh Locations by Elliott
- La Favorita: fresh Italian food
- Martin Wishart: Another of Edinburgh’s Michelin starred restaurants slap bang in the middle of the Leith Shore area
Edinburgh New Town
- OMNI Centre: Vue cinema along with several bars and restaurants can be easily accessed from the apartment. 15 min stroll or 5-10 min bus ride away
- Edinburgh Playhouse: Host to a number of world class Theatre shows – just a stone’s throw away from the apartment. Restaurants around this area often have cheap Pre-Theatre deals which you might wish to check out.
- Lulu Bar & Nightclub: Well-known Edinburgh nightclub which throws a great Hip Hop/R&B night on a Sunday, as well as chart music on others. TIP: Get there early (10/10.30pm) to beat the queues.
- Le Monde: Classy drinking hole fit for donning tour best threads and having a good time. Lovely cocktails, lovely vibe and lovely décor!
- The Boozy Cow Edinburgh: The best milkshake in Edinburgh!
- New Calton Burial Ground: Want to see a breathtaking view of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street and not have to go out of town or hiking up Arthurs Seat!? Come HERE! Many iconic photo opportunities to be had.
- Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: Beautiful gardens just a short 20 min stroll from the apartment. Lovely place to go when the sun is shining!
- Fountain Park Entertainment Center: With a Cineworld Cinema, Tenpin Bowling, a Casino and a couple of restaurants, it’s a great place to go for a fun-filled day or night – especially if it’s raining! TIP: Take the No. 22 bus from outside the apartment and it will drop you right outside. Around 15 min journey – also, the Casino is open 24/7 – can be a good place to carry on the night, or have a late night munch – if you can resist having a dabble on roulette!
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If you are travelling in Edinburgh, you should check out his 2 Bedroom Airbnb near in the heart of Leith Walk.
Trevellers is my way to change the world. Through my stories, tips and lessons learnt, I truly hope to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone, see the world and see who you truly are. Travel is more than just taking a selfie at beautiful destinations. Travel is an adventure, where you can truly become who you are, give you the time to reflect and grow to become the person you’ve always dreamt of.