Edinburgh has so many spectacular sights to see, it can be difficult to decide how to spend your brief trip to the city. Here is my itinerary for how to spend 48 hours in Edinburgh.
Start your day by touring Edinburgh Castle. It is best to book your tickets online to bypass the long queues at the ticket booth. The best time to visit the castle is right at 9:30 when the castle opens to avoid the crowds.
Next, stroll Down the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood. The full walk takes about 25 minutes and is just over a mile in length. Make sure to stop and admire St. Giles Cathedral on your way (free entry!).
Climb Calton Hill for breath taking views of the city. Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic overlooking Edinburgh’s Old Town. Beware, it can get quite windy up there!
Finally, spend the rest of the evening exploring the Grassmarket area. There are some cool pubs and restaurants where you can grab a drink and get dinner.
Wake up early and climb Arthur’s Seat. Arthur’s Seat is an ancient volcano which boasts spectacular views of the city. There are several different routes depending on your ability. There is even the option to drive (most of the way) to the top.
Next, make the short trip to Rosslyn Chapel. From Edinburgh, it takes about 45 minutes to an hour to reach the chapel by bus. The entrance fee for adults is £9.00. Children enter for free. Chapel Guides give free talks almost every hour explaining the chapel’s history and important carvings.
Finally, visit the tranquil Dean Village, located in Edinburgh, to take some photos that belong in a storybook.
I hope you enjoy your short trip to Edinburgh!