Crammed with places to eat, drink and soak up the cultural vibe, Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a king among UK cities.
Home to an ancient castle that looms over the skyline, award-winning restaurants and spectacular architecture, Scotland’s ‘royal city’ offers a wealth of exciting things to see and do.
Edinburgh is situated just 40 miles from CLC Duchally Country Estate, which is surrounded by stunning scenery and offers a choice of stylish accommodation.
Some of the best places to visit in 48 hours in Edinburgh include:
Edinburgh attractions don’t come much bigger or better than this. Perched on the top of Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle, said to be one of the most haunted places in Scotland, offers a fascinating and sinister history.
Learn about the terrifying battles against the English and the brave night sieges on a castle tour and see the Great Hall where some of the most prestigious royal ceremonies have been held.
The Honours of Scotland, otherwise known as the Scottish Crown Jewels, are the oldest set of crown jewels in the British Isles and were used for the coronation of Scottish monarchs from Mary I in 1543 to Charles II in 1651.
You will find plenty of things to see and do around the castle; relax and enjoy traditional Scottish music from the tartan-clad bagpipers or visit the National War Museum, within the grounds, which remembers Scottish battles through the ages, exhibiting military artefacts and personal treasures.
Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith
Judged as the UK’s Best Attraction in 2020 by Which? Readers, the Royal Yacht Britannia was the royal family’s vessel for over 44 years.
Launched in Scotland in 1953, the famous yacht travelled over one million miles in 968 official voyages, until she was decommissioned in 1997.
Throughout its service, Britannia was a residence for official receptions, banquets and State visits. Discover the vessel’s past through numerous photographs and walk in the footsteps of the royals with an audio tour. Explore the State apartments, the bridge, the crew’s quarters and the engine room, along with the Rolls Royce that sits permanently in the garage.
The entertaining tour includes information about the people who stayed on the Royal Yacht, which rooms they slept in and which countries it visited – a fascinating Edinburgh attraction just 3 miles from the city centre.
Dinner in Leith
Having served the port of Edinburgh since 1329, Leith is home to some of the best fish and seafood restaurants in Scotland.
The old docks area where the Royal Yacht Britannia is moored is surrounded by fine dining establishments and seafood eateries, including the Michelin-starred The Kitchin, owned and run by Scottish celebrity chef, Tom Kitchin.
You will find plenty of choice in Leith and a wealth of pubs, bars, bistros and eateries to suit all tastes and budgets. Fish lovers should order up a seafood platter to share or sample the delicious local oysters.
Head back to Edinburgh New Town for a nightcap. You’ll find a great choice of award winning cocktails and world-renowned whiskies to choose from.
After a good sleep, why not enjoy a hearty full Scottish breakfast next morning to blow the cobwebs away?
The capital abounds with places that serve serious fry ups and delicious healthier alternatives. Tuck into sausage, bacon, egg, black pudding, haggis, tattie scones, tomato, mushrooms, beans and fried tatties for the complete Scottish breakfast experience or choose from a range of delicious home-made cakes, scones, Acai bowls, pancakes or porridge to set you up for the day!
You´ll also find a choice of scrumptious boozy brunches in and around the centre of town, including sharing platters with all the breakfast favourites, cocktails and vats of beer & Prosecco.
The Royal Mile
Walk off your brekkie with a stroll down the Royal Mile.
Some of the city’s most famous landmarks are located here, including Edinburgh Castle, Saint Giles Cathedral and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.
Quaint old pubs, colourful gift shops and talented street entertainers create a lively atmosphere in this part of town, which is best explored on foot.
A shopaholic’s paradise, the Royal Mile offers plenty of opportunities to buy tartan and tweed plus a range of specialist food and drink. If you like a ‘wee dram’ the Scotch Whisky Experience comes highly recommended. Whether you’re an early starter or you prefer the evening pub scene, Edinburgh’s pubs and eateries offer a great selection of real ales, liquid gold (whisky), cocktails and delicious Scottish pub grub, made with fresh local produce.
The National Museum of Scotland
A visit to the National Museum of Scotland is one of the most fascinating things to do in Edinburgh.
With over 12 million objects related to all kinds of fields, including nature, art, design and technology, and free entry, the National Museum of Scotland is a must-visit attraction on any trip to the city.
The Grand Gallery is an impressive space, with a high atrium that allows light to stream into the building, covered with a glass roof. Larger exhibits hang here, and the Gallery provides a spectacular start to your museum visit.
Visit the Kingdom of the Scots to discover the fascinating story of Mary, Queen of Scots and a wide range of belongings associated with her during her reign from 1542 to 1567.
Get up close and personal with creatures from different habitats in Animal World or explore the fascinating Living Lands where you can learn how the landscape influences the way people live.
An excursion to Arthur’s Seat
An extinct volcano that erupted 350 million years ago, Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh. The hill is 251m high and offers fabulous, panoramic views over the city.
It takes approximately one hour to reach the top from Holyroodhouse and is a steady, gradual climb, but check the weather forecast before you go as the hill is exposed to the elements.
It’s said that the name of the hill refers to King Arthur and was a location for his legendary castle, Camelot and court of the Romano-British warrior-chief, King Arthur.
After all that fresh air, why not round your day off with a few wee drams of whisky in heart of Edinburgh and a hearty plate full of haggis, neeps and tatties before you get your head down.
After a few days in Edinburgh, why not recharge your batteries, chill out and relax at CLC Duchally Country Estate?