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Itinerary Tips for 3 days in Edinburgh?

I'll be traveling to Edinburgh with my sister for 3 days.  Any suggestions on must-sees and must-eat spots?  How should I plan out my itinerary?

3 Answers

top answer by
Jen from Sydney

Hi Breanna. 

Edinburgh is a beautiful city and is surrounded by some amazing countryside. 

My suggestions would be to walk The Royal Mile up to Edinburgh Castle, climb Arthur's Seatwhich is an easy 20-30 minutes walk, take a tour of the Underground Nation, the The Scotch Whisky Experience is interesting if your into tastings, try some haggis (it's not that bad) and take a day trip out into the Scottish Highland Trails. Highly recommend Rabbies tours as they are small group and charismatic guides. 

Have a blast and hope this has been helpful. 



Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Royal Mile (attraction)
  2. Edinburgh Castle (attraction)
  3. Arthur's Seat (attraction)
  4. Underground Nation (attraction)
  5. The Scotch Whisky Experience (attraction)
  6. Scottish Highland Trails (attraction)
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answered by
Belinda from South Carolina

What are your interests? Edinburgh has it all.

Excellent Art Galleries, a castle, a palace, a zoo, ghost tours......

Make a list of your Must Sees (use a guide book or internet) and then look at a map to plan route. Most things are on the  Royal Mile or just off it. Or on Princes St. The Royal Yacht Britannia is a bus ride away.

I enjoyed the Castle (you can spend a lot of time here if it captures your interest). Art Gallery,Gladstone's Land, The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse(Holyrood Palace was closed). Didn't eat anything fancy. Two pubs, The Worlds End and The White Horse Bar, both on Royal Mile.

Tourist places close early, 5:30ish, even when the sun is shining at 10pm.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Princes St (attraction)
  2. Gladstone's Land (attraction)
  3. The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse (attraction)
  4. The Worlds End (restaurant)
  5. The White Horse Bar (restaurant)
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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Spend at least a half day exploring The Royal Mile. Then take the tour, or explore, both ends-the Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse.  We took the bus/or cab down to Leith and thought it was delightful.  They have the queen's yacht that you can visit, which was highly entertaining and several Michelin starred restaurants, or if that isn't your thing, we both loved Kings Wark and The Ship On The Shore.  Another short bus or cab ride away is the Edinburgh Zoo.  If you go early in the morning, you might be treated to the various monkeys going a bit crazy, the noise is amazing.  They have an awesome penguin exhibit and the still have two pandas from China.

If you want to get out of the city, we really enjoyed The Falkirk Wheel. If the weather is nice, plan to picnic.

Within Old Edinburgh, our favorite restaurant was Whiski Bar & Restaurant and we very much enjoyed The Scotch Whisky Experience.  Make sure to stop into Royal Mile Whiskies for some tasting and a great selection.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Royal Mile (attraction)
  2. Edinburgh Castle (attraction)
  3. Palace of Holyroodhouse (attraction)
  4. Leith (attraction)
  5. Kings Wark (restaurant)
  6. The Ship On The Shore (restaurant)
  7. Edinburgh Zoo (attraction)
  8. The Falkirk Wheel (attraction)
  9. Whiski Bar & Restaurant (restaurant)
  10. The Scotch Whisky Experience (attraction)
  11. Royal Mile Whiskies (attraction)
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