Edinburgh, UK

Sailing Holidays from Edinburgh with Classic Sailing

Guide to Exploring Edinburgh in a Day or Two

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, offers a perfect blend of rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. If you find yourself with a day or two to spare before or after your voyage, here’s a guide to make the most of your time in this captivating city.

Day One:
Start your day by visiting the iconic Edinburgh Castle, perched on the Castle Rock. Explore its grand halls, learn about Scottish history, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Next, wander down the historic Royal Mile, a charming street filled with shops, cafes, and landmarks like St. Giles’ Cathedral. Make sure to visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the Queen in Scotland, and take a stroll through the beautiful Holyrood Park, where you can hike up to Arthur’s Seat for stunning vistas.

In the afternoon, delve into the city’s rich cultural offerings. Visit the National Museum of Scotland to discover fascinating exhibits ranging from natural history to Scottish inventions. For art enthusiasts, the Scottish National Gallery showcases masterpieces by renowned artists. Wrap up your day by experiencing the vibrant atmosphere of the Grassmarket area, lined with pubs, restaurants, and quirky shops.

Day Two:
Begin your day with a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former floating residence of the British royal family. Explore its luxurious interiors and learn about the fascinating history behind this majestic vessel. Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Water of Leith Walkway, a tranquil path that winds through the city’s scenic areas and offers a peaceful escape from the bustling streets.

In the afternoon, venture into the enchanting world of literature at the Writers’ Museum, dedicated to Scotland’s literary heritage. Discover the lives and works of renowned Scottish writers such as Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. End your day with a visit to the dynamic and modern neighborhood of Leith, known for its vibrant culinary scene and charming waterfront views.

Getting to Edinburgh:
From southern England, you have several travel options to reach Edinburgh. If you prefer driving, the journey takes approximately 7-8 hours depending on the route you choose. Alternatively, coaches provide a convenient and comfortable option, with direct services available from major cities.

If you prefer to fly, there are regular flights from various airports in southern England to Edinburgh Airport. The flight duration is around 1-2 hours, making it a quick and efficient option. Lastly, trains offer a scenic and relaxing journey. Direct services operate from cities such as London, and the journey takes approximately 4-5 hours.

By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to your voyage, where an unforgettable adventure awaits you.

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