Edinburgh is a top city for travellers in the UK, thanks to its architecture, cosmopolitan lifestyle and fabulous shopping. In fact, there’s so much to do here that the best short breaks in Edinburgh are often jam-packed with activities and dining out. Planning ahead is the best way to get the most out of your stay, so we’ve had a look at some of the favourite attractions travellers keep at the top of their list.
Shopping at Harvey Nichols
The only Harvey Nichols in Scotland, Edinburgh’s store is the quintessential luxury outlet for champagne, decadent world foods and top designer clothing. It’s also home to a speciality tearoom, the Chocolate Lounge, where brunch is a decadent mix of soft pancakes and waffles topped by chocolate shots and ice cream.
Touring Edinburgh Castle
The city’s most famous landmark, Edinburgh Castle is open to the public for tours and events. You can explore some of its carefully preserved rooms, see the famous cannon – that still fires at certain times of the day – and enjoy fabulous views when the skies are clear. Check in advance to make sure the castle isn’t preparing for an event, otherwise you might make the climb for nothing.
Real Mary King’s Close’s
The Real Mary King’s Close is a popular underground attraction that leads intrepid tourists through abandoned 16th Century city streets. It’s a tour of discovery, exploring old rooms where whole families lived and died, and learning about the ghosts of children taken by the plague.
Dine on Orcadian Food at Skerries Restaurant
A taste of Orkney in Edinburgh, Skerries Restaurant is a popular choice for discerning diners. Set in a wood-panelled dining room at The Dunstane, a boutique hotel in the city’s elegant Haymarket area, Skerries boasts a mouth-watering menu of fine-dining cuisine that changes monthly. Short breaks in Edinburgh aren’t complete without excellent food, which is possibly why Skerries is a favourite choice.
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