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3 Days in Edinburgh: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2014

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In August, the Festival City explodes with arts events and the streets fill with a cosmopolitan melange of visitors high on a heady mix of culture and single malt.

Day 1: Old Town and Edinburgh Castle

The Old Town is a warren of closes (entrances) and wynds (lanes), of tenement buildings and the elegance of Royal Mile. Start at the castle and explore Royal Mile, then see how people lived in the 16th century in Gladstone's Land tenement. If the Queen isn't in residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, you can still visit the Picture Gallery and wander nearby Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat. To end your day, head for Grassmarket, nowadays full of pubs and restaurants. but once a place for public executions.

Day 2: New Town, Parks and Modern Edinburgh

New Town dates from the 18th century. Graceful neoclassical buildings front squares, circuses and parks. Don't miss George Street, and Charlotte Square, where Scotland's First Minister lives. Princes Street runs alongside the gardens and, as well as great shopping, has great views of the tangled buildings of Old Town. Art lovers head for the Royal Scottish Academy, the next door National Gallery of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Waterside Leith is Edinburgh's main port and the area has recently been revived. This is where you'll find some of the city's best bars and restaurants, as well as the royal yacht Britannia.

Day 3: Discovering Scotland

The Scottish Highlands have a wild beauty all their own and are dotted with castles and famous lakes like Loch Ness and Loch Lomond. Stirling Castle sits perched on a craggy outcrop where there has been a fortress since 1000BC. Scotland invented golf, and St Andrews is considered the home of golf. And you can't visit Scotland without paying homage to its most famous product: whisky. All are within day trip distance of Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 40 Reviews

Explore Edinburgh Castle independently and discover the delights of Scotland’s famous historical attraction at your own pace! Use your entrance ticket to head ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $26.52

Alnwick Castle and the Scottish Borders Day Trip from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore the stunning scenery of the Scottish Borders on this full-day tour of Kelso, Alnwick Castle and Berwick. Head to the pretty border town of Kelso and ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $66.30

Secrets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile Afternoon Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 68 Reviews

Learn the secrets of Edinburgh's historic past on this afternoon walking tour of the city's famous Royal Mile. Upgrade your walking tour to include a tour of ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.23

Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Travel through 2,000 years of history as you visit ancient Roman sites such as Hadrian’s Wall, Dere Street, Birdoswald Fort, Steel Rigg and historic villages ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $67.95

Underground Vaults Walking Tour in Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 127 Reviews

Discover the underground vaults of Edinburgh city! Far below the busy, bustling Edinburgh streets there lies a dark, quiet and forgotten place. These wonderful ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.23

Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 147 Reviews

Take a look at Edinburgh's dark side, including tales of witchcraft, plague and torture on this Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh. Visit the scenes ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $14.09

5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Experience the natural beauty of Scotland on a 5-day small-group tour through the Lowlands, Northern Highlands, West Coast and the magical Isle of Skye. ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $745.85

Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Enjoy free entry to 78 of Scotland's top attractions with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass – a flexible sightseeing pass that allows you to visit the sites ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 day and 7 day passes available

From USD $48.07

Edinburgh's Chocolate Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Tempted by Edinburgh’s array of chocolatiers and confectioners but don’t know where to start? Head out on a 2.5-hour chocolate walking tour of the city, and ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.72

4-Day Isle of Islay Tour from Edinburgh: Whisky Distilleries Including Laphroaig, Bowmore, Kilchoman and Ardbeg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Visit the Isle of Islay in the Scottish Hebrides on a 4-day tour from Edinburgh, and discover its famously friendly people, stunning landscapes, and most ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $611.59

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