Guest Post: Last Minute Weekend in Edinburgh

Thursday, June 26, 2014

So, you have a couple of days to explore what Edinburgh has to offer? You’ll be spoilt for choice on any spontaneous visit to the stunning Scottish capital – the culture, history, shopping and entertainment are second to none and the summer is filled with exciting events to enjoy too. Read on for more inspiration about what you can do in two days to make the most of this fascinating city, and book yourself into the local Edinburgh Travelodge so that you don’t have to break the bank, either.
Join one of the popular Edinburgh bus tours, starting from the foot of the Scott Monument. It’s a great way to see the city, while also learning some of the inside knowledge from the reputable guides. If you want to hop on and off to explore yourselves, you can with some of the trips – just don’t lose your ticket!
Take the opportunity, in the afternoon, to see some of the Edinburgh highlights. The National Museum of Scotland is a must (and is completely free to enter), and will introduce you to some of Scotland’s rich and diverse history with the help of its many exhibitions and displays. Once you’re done there, make your way over to the statue Greyfriars Bobby, located just across the road from the museum – it’s a photo opportunity not to be missed. After that, head over to Edinburgh Castle, which towers over the city below from atop an extinct volcano. Here, you will find the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and plenty of artefacts from throughout its history. If you’re travelling with kids, they’ll love the dungeons!
In the morning, head for Arthur’s Seat. If the weather is pleasant, you’ll enjoy the walk, and the views that welcome you at the top are stunning. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the top if you’re up for the climb, or you could use a bike or a car if your legs aren’t feeling up to the challenge.
Following your descent, spend some time wandering the National Gallery of Scotland, which is home to some incredible masterpieces by well-known artists throughout history, including Da Vinci, Turner and Monet. The Gallery of Modern Art in the West End and the National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street are also highly recommended, especially if you’re an art lover.
Take the opportunity in the afternoon to satiate your need for shopping – there’s a whole host of fantastic shops and stores in Edinburgh to suit all tastes and budgets, and it’d be a shame to miss them. From the iconic Jenners department store and the designers found on Multrees Walk to the more bijou offerings of the West End Village, a spot of retail therapy would be great way to pass an afternoon.
Time your visit to include some aspects of the Edinburgh Festival if you’ve got a hankering for some live entertainment. The Edinburgh Festival is the umbrella that covers seven festivals, including the fantastic Fringe festival this August. Use your evenings wisely, too – from comedy clubs to bars and restaurants, Edinburgh is full of fantastic venues (some are mapped on the new Travelodge Get Up and Go Guide to help you find the best hotspots). Be sure to head to George Street for a memorable night! Make the most out of your time in bonnie Scotland, however short and sweet, and fill your last minute weekend with an itinerary to remember.

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