This atmospheric medieval city is the perfect setting for a rustic weekend away. With swanky afternoon tea venues, impressive architecture and a whole host of exciting events all year round, Edinburgh has something to offer everyone. What’s more, the city centre is small enough to explore on foot with plenty of bars and restaurants for when you fancy a break.

Day One in Edinburgh

Castle in Edinburgh

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at Hemma. This venue is known for whipping up plentiful portions that will set you up for the day. Whether you plan to tick off the city’s museums or simply explore the shops, this is the perfect way to prepare for a jam-packed day in Edinburgh. For a true Edinburgh experience head to Victoria Street and visit the city’s best independent boutiques. Great finds are to be had at The Old Town Bookshop, The Whiskey Shop and the A-HA-HA Joke Shop. For a late lunch, head to Oink and enjoy a traditional hog roast before moving on to explore the town’s historic Grassmarket. Finish your first day in the city with a visit to the Scottish National Galleries.

Day Two in Edinburgh  


Blow away the morning cobwebs with a trip up to Arthur’s Seat then break up the day with a spot of afternoon tea. Edinburgh is brimming with breathtaking afternoon tea venues that cater for every preference. For a traditional afternoon tea complete with sweet and savoury treats, head to Harvey Nichols. Located centrally in St Andrews Square, there is no better place to enjoy a shopping break. For an afternoon tea with a difference, you can’t beat One Square. This modern restaurant and bar changes its afternoon tea seasonally so you can expect something extra special here. Soak up the scenery from the floor to ceiling windows and enjoy the breathtaking views of the castle while you indulge in a glass of champagne.

You simply can’t visit Edinburgh without exploring its very own castle. Enjoy an exhilarating ascent to the top of the city’s second extinct volcano and enjoy an actor-led historical tour. Don’t miss the Helmund Return: A Record of the British Troops’ final tour of duty in Afghanistan. This is a free attraction that is available every weekend.

Where to stay  


Edinburgh is brimming with cool and quirky hotels so if you are looking for accommodation with a difference, you will be spoilt for choice. The Witchery is one of Edinburgh’s most iconic hotels boasting an opulent setting with roll top baths, four poster beds and lavish décor. For a more contemporary stay, the Missoni Hotel is a designer label lover’s dream. This glamorous bolthole boasts unparalleled style credentials in the heart of the city just off The Royal Mile. If you are travelling as a large group, HomeAway has a number of conveniently located apartments to choose from that are in walking distance of Edinburgh’s main attractions.

Fitting everything Edinburgh has to offer into a weekend is no easy feat but this guide can be used as a great starting point when planning your weekend itinerary.

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