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Travel Guide: 24 hours in Edinburgh – Travel and Leisure

It may be the capital of Scotland, home to lively festivals, and the seat of Scottish power, but there is something about the cold cobbles, stones of the wind, and the huge castles that still make the mountain town of Edinburgh feel haunted by an enchanted mountain. Citadel above.

Tourists duck and dive under the bridge, they treacherously fall down steep steps and feel the wind rippling their noses and cheeks as if they were standing in the battle.

The locals are fiercely protecting their city as if they are guarding a hidden treasure. But it looks tough enough, and you can see the secrets of the city, its boutique shops, this completely hip restaurant, its enchanting walks and whiskey joints.

Must visit

Situated on an extinct volcano, dominates the city’s skyline and the 16th-century building is Scotland’s most popular tourist destination. You must book months in advance to see the famous Scottish military tattoos and fireworks, pipes, and dancing at the palace. 
Edinburgh castle

But for a look at the ordinary lives of the citizens of Edinburgh, the Real Mary Kings Close is a hidden treatment, away from the Royal Mile. Underground to the secret Warren of the hidden streets of the 17th century, led by a character from the period. See how plague-stricken people, rogue deals, and shady plots were overshadowed. The museum is a treat for children, appealing to adults.

To be Seen At

Edinburgh’s hippest restaurants and bars are mostly in New Town, near Princes Street. But one exception is Swandi Ondine, an award-winning fish restaurant just a short walk from the Castle. The glass-fronted upstairs restaurant is perfect for people while pushing the Edinburgh Gin Daisy Cocktail.

Start or end the evening next door at the G&V Royal Mile Hotel (formerly Hotel Missoni), dominated by Fashionista for its signature dry Prosecco.

Should Drink

Every bartender specializes in Scotch whiskey. If you are one yourself, take a tour of the Scotch Whiskey Experience, starting with a virtual tour inside the Whiskey Barrel, which shows that you have amber liquid distilled and matured. 

Later, you were given a sniff of the different flavors of the Scottish whiskey producing regions to help you decide whether to sample the Terai, Highland, Speyside, or Islay dram. The museum also contains an attractive display of the world’s largest collection of whiskeys.


In the center of the Old Town, the Grassmarket District of Edinburgh houses, the city’s best independent merchants, designers, and artisans. Wind your way down the Castle Wynd or Upper Bow steps and browse the delis and boutiques in an hour. Highlights include Demizon’s handmade spirits and wine dubbed by the owner as a “liquid deli”, ’50s Ra-Ra skirts for Armstrong’s vintage clothing emporium, 60s minis, and 70 prints, and the Old Town Book Shop, For antique books, maps, and prints.

Should Eat

The Witchery by the Castle is a hotel on the Royal Mile with a splendid restaurant, adjacent to the palace. Eat-in ample surroundings for a romantic dinner and if you decide to stop, you will sleep in a lush green room with lots of velvet, tapestry walls, and four-poster beds.

Or try the Dome located in New Town. It is both a bar and restaurant, and it is an established social center for cocktails or coffee – so it anticipates a buzz. Food-wise, it has a grill with its beautiful domed roof, club room – plush with wood-paneled walls, mirrors, and crystal chandeliers, and you can also have afternoon tea here.

Must Chill Out

One of the most up-and-coming districts in the city and in the port of Leith, Edinburgh is home to the Royal Yacht Britannia. In the evening sun, young professionals and artists fill the quayside bar.

Leith View - Edinburgh

Must see the View

It is not for the faint-hearted, but Arthur’s seat will hold the hair on your chest for a powerful volcano stroll. The mini-mountain lies in the middle of Holyrood Park and is said to be the mythical site of Camelot, the palace of King Arthur. It is a 40-minute flight to the top, and you will find yourself walking around the city wearing scarves and kagoules, but the views of the city and the sea from the top is mesmerizing.

Must Watch

Edinburgh has a well-respected reputation as one of the UK’s hottest spots for culture and does well throughout the year, alongside arts, theater, music, and comedy, during the Edinburgh Festival, Which takes place in the city throughout August. The sad thing is that this may not happen in August 2020, although it may well be back for August 2021.

Edinburgh Fringe

Fact File

STAY: G & V Royal Mile Hotel and The Scotsman Hotel

VIEWS: G&V Royal Mile Hotel Scotch Whiskey Experience and Edinburgh Castle

CUISINE: Enchantress by Castle Restaurant, Enchantment by Castle Restaurant, Dome Bar and Restaurant, and Ondine Fish Restaurant

TOUR: Visit Edinburgh Castle – There is no queue from £ 35.09 The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes:

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