If shopping is your number one priority then head straight to George Street for the best in mid-to-high-end brand shopping, cocktail bars and restaurants – or meander along Princes Street Gardens under the stunning backdrop of the Castle.      

Perhaps a visit to the National Portrait Gallery after lunch......

If during August (2 / 3 weeks from mid august) – there is of course the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Wander up and down the Royal Mile and take in all the street acts.   Jam packed with visitors – if you plan ahead and check out the online programmes, there are literally hundreds of plays, comedians, jazz and music acts and the “weird and wonderful”!!

 

Day trip to Edinburgh

moody picture of Edinburgh Castle
The Mary Kings Close tourist attraction in Edinburgh
The Mary Kings Close Tourist Attraction in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens on a sunny day

Enjoy a “half price” cocktail in the “Slug & Lettuce” on George Street before wandering along to the wonderfully busy, “Chez Jules” French Bistro (Hanover Street).... "cheap & cheerful", relaxed, French and wonderful!

Cosy French Bistro Chez Jules in Edinburgh
The cocktail range at the slug and lettuce in Edinburgh

Finally, dash across St Andrew’s Square and spend the last of your pennies (or blow your credit card) in Harvey Nicholls – designer fashion over 3 floors with the foodhall and restaurant / cocktail bar on the 4th floor…. with beautiful views over St Andrews Square and the City out over to the River Forth.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
The Dome in Edinburgh
The Cocktail Bar at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh with views out to Edinburgh and St Andrews Square
Street entertainers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on Edinburgh's Royal Mile High Street

Do a “tourist tour”: …. Mary Kings Close – and find out all about 16C Edinburgh and what it was like living in the days of the “black death” – otherwise known as the Plague!

..............or just relax and take in “The Dome” on George Street – fabulous old bank building converted into an impressively glamorous bar.

Beautiful, mysterious and cosmopolitan, Edinburgh is Scotland's first City.    Take an early train (plan ahead) and within about an hour you will be on the steps of Edinburgh Waverly Station and a couple of minutes walk from the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament and so many other historical places of interest.      

Edinburgh is almost holiday in itself – but even if only for a day, it is well worth taking in our stunning Scottish capital.    Here are suggestions of how you could spend your day ...... enjoy!

Edinburgh Castle on a moody dark day

The Mary Kings Close Tour - from inside

George Street  for mid to high end brand shopping

Beautiful Princes Street gardens on a summer's day

Chez Jules French Bistro

The main bar at The Dome

Street entertainer on the Royal Mile

Enjoying the view from Harvey Nichols 4th Floor