I am the same like other people who live in beautiful, big cities – I don’t visit it’s attractions too often as I know I can leave it for another day. I prefer to travel instead.
However when a friend of mine, Monika, came over from Poland last week I managed to do a lot in a short time. That’s of course just one idea about things to do in Edinburgh in 3 days; there is much more to cover and hopefully I will do it over next weeks.
Sandeman’s Free Walking Tour
It’s 3,5 hour walk with a guide; good thing for people who are travelling alone and want to make friends, or people who don’t have any plan or knowledge about Scotland. I learned a few new things myself; but I had a problem with concentrating on what our fast-speaking American guide says so after a while i just wanted to leave. Note that I heard positive opinion about this guide from my American couchsurfer so I guess if you are a native speaker you might enjoy it. I will give it another try in the future with a different guide.
Free tour is for free but tips welcome. It starts everyday at 11am or 1 pm, meeting point is at Tron Kirk.
Time for food; if you want something cheap go to Greggs for big selection of pastries, sandwiches and pies. They are almost on every corner.
And dinner at home: Pimm’s and haggis. I buy good haggis from Crombie’s at Broughton St and cook it myself. Delicious.
But if you are not brave enough for haggis you can stick with pork; this one is somewhere at Victoria St.
Climb up Arthur’s Seat
You can start with visiting surroundings of Holyrood Palace and Parliament, and Arthur Seat is not much far;
It’s tough but gives you satisfaction.
Parliament: there is World Press Photo Exhibition right now, until 28th July;
You can take a walk up the Royal Mile from Parliament straight to the Castle. There are plenty of shops with cheap or expensive souvenirs on the way. On the left side you will find an awesome place called Museum of Childhood. It’s free and I strongly recommend to go inside.
Today for lunch is jacked potato. You can have different fillings, Monika chose cheese&egg and didn’t feel well for the rest of the day. That was my first baked potato by the way;
We were looking for a nice pub, this one was cute but didn’t offer too much space;
So we went to Hebrides. If you are curious about tasting ales I would say, ask for a small sample first, because it’s not for everyone.
Visit Portobello. Not far from the city center, buses 49 or 25 take you almost straight onto the beach.
For seaside lovers : Portobello is not the cleaniest place so choose North Berwick instead; it’s just outside Edinburgh, and has boat trip on offer; you can take a train straight from Waverley ( Ł6.50 off peak return ).
More about North Berwick in my next post.
Enjoy the summer:)