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Travel Guide: 24 hours in Edinburgh

Travel Guide: 24 hours in Edinburgh

Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is a perfect destination for a 24-hour vacation. Its bustling streets are filled with delicious food, historic architecture, and cultural landmarks. Even if you have a limited amount of time, Edinburgh has something for everyone. Here is a travel guide for the perfect 24 hours in Edinburgh.


Start your day with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. It’s a great way to begin your journey by getting to know the city’s history and culture. The castle is perched atop a hill, overlooking the city below. It’s home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, One o’ Clock Gun, and Stone of Destiny. The castle opens at 9:30 in the morning, so make sure you get there early to avoid the crowds.


After visiting the castle, head to the Royal Mile to explore the city’s oldest and most historic street. The Royal Mile is an excellent place to learn about Edinburgh’s rich history and traditional Scottish culture. Along the way, you’ll find numerous souvenir shops, cafes, and pubs. You can also stop and take a tour of St. Giles’ Cathedral, a beautiful example of Scottish Gothic architecture.


For lunch, stop at the Elephant House, a cafe that’s perfect for Harry Potter fans as it’s where J.K. Rowling wrote the first two books. The cafe offers a delicious selection of sandwiches, soups, and cakes.


After lunch, take a walk to Calton Hill. It has some of the best views of the city, but it’s also home to some of the most important monuments in Edinburgh’s historic landscape. The hill is home to the National Monument, the Nelson Monument, and the Dugald Stewart Monument.

Early Evening

Next, head to Grassmarket. A vibrant and charming district brimming with pubs, cafes, and restaurants. It’s a great place to enjoy a good Scottish beer. You’ll find welcoming pubs, vintage stores, and excellent local stores.

Late Evening

For the last stop, immerse yourself in Edinburgh’s music culture by attending a show during the legendary “Fringe” festival. The Fringe runs in August each year and is the world’s largest arts festival. The performers include comedians, musicians, dancers, and more.


Edinburgh is a fascinating and vibrant city with an incredible history, culture, and stunning landmarks. Even if you only have 24 hours to explore, this travel guide has you covered on the best sights and experiences the city has to offer. Be sure to come back soon for a longer stay. Happy travels!