5 Top Things to Do in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Top Things to Do in Edinburgh, Scotland. View from Arthur's Seat.

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There is enough things to do in Edinburgh to keep you busy for more than a few days, but unfortunately I was only staying for one.

Ok, here it is. My list of 5 top things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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5 Top Things to Do in Edinburgh, Scotland

1. Go to Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s seat was the first item on my list of top things to do in Edinburgh. It was a pretty good walk and got a great top view of Edinburgh. Basically it is just a walk up a hill, by it’s my kind of thing so I enjoyed it.

Arthurs Seat

Arthurs Seat

2. Go to the Fair

This was a bit of a random occurrence, but I have included it the list of top things to do in Edinburgh anyway.

On the way back I stumbled upon a mini ‘fair’ (for lack of a better word) for a half marathon happening on Sunday. They where giving away lots of stuff like t-shirts and socks. I don’t really like accumulating things so I just got a packet of monster munch and went on my way.

Top Things to Do in Edinburgh, Scotland. View from Arthur's Seat.

View from Arthur’s Seat

3. Go to Carlton’s Hill

By the time I got back into town and after a bit of a moseying around I landed back at the hostel. After a little rest there I decided to continue with my list of top things to do in Edinburgh and went to Cartlon’s Hill.

View From Carltons Hill

View From Carltons Hill

4. Go to Edinburgh Castle

Although it was Saturday night I wasn’t to keen on bars and clubs so I went for a night walk as my evening activity. I went across the river to the Edinburgh Castle, which I now wish I went to during the day. From the outside it is probably the most impressive castle I’ve seen in all of the UK, and after been living there for 2 years on and off, I had seen a few.

Top Things to Do in Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh Castle at Night

Edinburgh Castle at Night

5. Take a Tram Ride

This was on my top list of things to do in Edinburgh, but I never did it. They seem to be building a tram-line which has been taking a while. It’s a bit of an eyesore and creates a lot of diversions for traffic (foot and motor). I saw some really cool anti-tram posters in the form of famous movies, e.g., Tram-Spotting. Should have taken a picture.

Other Useful Information About Edinburgh, Scotland

Here’s some other useful information about surviving travel in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Getting From Newcastle, England, to Edinburgh, Scotland

My alarm went off at 0430am. Matty, my house mate in Newcastle had gotten up earlier and made me breakfast. Champion. Also made me a packed lunch for the day including bacon butties, cheese and crackers, fruit salad, hot cross bun, peanuts, and some tobacco including filters, skins, and even a *working lighter!

I caught the 0525 bus to Edinburgh and arrived at about 0830.

Cheap Accommodation in Edinburgh

It was way too early to check into the hostel so I just left my **rucksack there and headed out for the day. I stayed in the Edinburgh Nights Hostel. Nice staff but no common room, except for the kitchen. Clean enough but not enough shower/toilet facilities. Good if your just there for the bed (like I was) but if you’re planning to stay for more than 2 nights I’d probably go somewhere else. Free toast, cereal and tea for breakfast.

All around the UK you can get maps for 1 quid from the map machines, usually located in train stations etc. but also around the city. I’ve never bought one before but this time I decided to give it a go. Put my quid in, and nothing came out. Went to the tourist info center and bought a pocket map and then headed towards Arthur’s Seat.

Thoughts On Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a nice city with lots of history and the night life seems that it would be good. Unfortunately I only spent a short time there, and although I think I managed to do some of the more popular things to to in Edinburgh, a few days there would have been nice.

*The house I lived in while in Newcastle is notorious for having lots of lighters lying around, but none of them ever worked.

**As it turns out, I need about another 10L. I manage to fit everything but it is tight! Its nice to have that bit of room to move and it makes packing much faster rather than having to fit things in like Tetris. Also, it nice to know you have a bit of space for presents etc.

Next Stop… Inverness via Perth, Scotland
I basically wanted to go to Perth, Scotland because it has the same name as my home town, Perth, Australia.

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