Entertainment for a Weekend in Edinburgh
Where to stay, What to do and Where to Eat
As city breaks become more and more popular there's hopefully a chance you might be considering a weekend in Edinburgh for your next trip away. After a recent trip, I could not recommend the city more. Edinburgh is a vibrant, beautiful city with a great character and plenty to keep you entertained and well fed for the duration of your trip. The following will give you some suggestions of where to stay, what to do and where to eat on your weekend in Edinburgh.
Where to Stay - Fraoch House
What to Do
- Mary King's Close Tour
In the late 18th century a number of the closes (streets) that make up part of Edinburgh were evacuated so that the structures could serve as the foundations for the new government building. The Mary King's Close Tour gives you the opportunity to go to what is now underground - the streets and buildings that were once inhabited by the residents of Edinburgh. It is definitely a surreal and occasionally creepy experience but the tours are very well put together and are fascinating and fun. Not one for the claustrophobic! Nevertheless, to get a look beneath the streets of Edinburgh this tour is very much worth doing. For the braver amongst us ghost tours run regularly which venture into the vaults under Edinburgh.
- Arthur's Seat (or anywhere with a view)
Climbing Arthur's Seat, the mount that looks over Edinburgh and out toward the Firth of Fourth, is a physical challenge that is definitely worth it. You'll be rewarded with amazing views over the city and further. If you fancy a walk that is less of a challenge, there is a small hill within the city just off Leith Walk that gives similarly impressive views over Edinburgh, especially at night.
- Explore the City
Just wander through the city and see what you come across. There is so much to discover, so much to see and something for everyone. In exploring the city we came across a street performer swallowing swords, numerous little pubs and restaurants, walked up the famous Royal Mile to Edinburgh castle, and tried Haggis. You'll find some hidden gems if you explore. The highlight, however, was the light display we stumbled across in St Andrew's Square. We had no idea this existed prior to walking into it. It was an incredible atmosphere, made better by a guitarist filling the air with atmospheric music. To complete the mood we saw a proposal which went unnoticed by everyone else. It was an amazing hour or so and I'd encourage anyone spending a weekend in Edinburgh to check out this light display one night.
Where to Eat
- Fisher's Leith - Great seafood restaurant. A bit out of central Edinburgh as it is down by the coast in Leith. In a very nice location, Fishers is very good for a bit of a treat. The Duck we had for a starter was excellently presented and delicious, as were the Sea Trout and Hake for main. A lovely atmosphere and friendly staff, highly recommended.
- Petit Paris - French Bistro in Grassmarket. A little crowded maybe, but charming with plenty of character and especially good for Edinburgh on a budget. Fish of the day was excellent.
- Leila's Bistro - Very highly rated on tripadvisor, this bistro just off the Royal Mile serves authentic, fresh food. Trying the Greek yoghurt drink was somewhat of a mistake in my opinion (I couldn't bring myself to ask for a different drink and managed to force it down) but the food was lovely, a very tasty sausage curry served in a charming setting.
To conclude, Edinburgh really offers all you could want for a weekend city break in the UK. Plenty to do, great places to stay, a massive variety of restaurants and plenty of charming character, I could not recommend the city more as somewhere for your next destination.
Lonely Planet Guide to Edinburgh
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