Bonnie Scotland! The land of haggis, Hogmanay, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! There’s a lot to love about Scotland, but so many people are yet to discover the magic and wonder of this great nation. Whether it’s the highlands or the lowlands, Scotland is brimming with promise and some wonderful experiences.
If you are new to Scotland, might we suggest taking a trip to the capital, Edinburgh? One of the world’s leading cities, Edinburgh is crawling with culture and history around every corner. Spending a weekend in the Scottish capital gives you a wonderful introduction to the United Kingdom, as well as showcasing all that’s great about Scotland. Here is our guide to spending a weekend in the Athens of the North.
Figure out where you want to go
The best way to enjoy all the delights of Edinburgh is to work out where you want to go. This means getting your bearings right and is something you need to sort out right away. Edinburgh is built on seven hills, and there are plenty of winding streets and alleyways in this medieval city. There’s the Old Town and the New Town, the stunning Holyrood Park, and the unforgettable Edinburgh Castle. Head to the tourist information center when you arrive and get yourself some maps and brochures – you might even decide to undertake a guided tour of the city too!
Stopping for some food
There are so many lovely restaurants, cafes, and bars all across Edinburgh, and they offer a whole host of dining experiences. If you fancy a light bite for lunch, we would recommend The Elephant House, a cafe with magical connotations. This iconic building is actually famed as being the cafe in which J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. If you’re out for dinner, pay a visit to Gardener’s Cottage, a 19th Century establishment. Here you can enjoy some of the best Scottish game in the city – they also do wonderful taster menus that change regularly.
Now, you can’t come all the way to the Scottish capital, and not enjoy a dose of culture while you’re here. Start your day as you mean to continue it, with a trip to the Scottish National Gallery – here you can enjoy works by famous Scottish artists, as well as the likes of Van Gogh and Monet. Once you’ve had your fill of art, head out on a city tour, before taking a walk around the picturesque Dean Village. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a charming food market in Stockbridge offering homemade food, and local produce you can enjoy.
As you can see, Edinburgh is a city steeped in history and cultural significance. There are so many iconic sights here, and the city is stunningly beautiful. A weekend is not enough time to explore and absorb all the brilliance of this place, but it is certainly a start, and these are some of the things we absolutely think you mist do to get the best out of your stay. Edinburgh is the perfect city to visit whether you’re on your own, in a couple, or with family or friends. Make the most of your time here, and fall in love with Scotland the right way.