A Perfect Day In Edinburgh – How To Spend 24 Hours In Scotland’s Capital City

Hotels.tv give you our suggestions of the A Perfect Day In Edinburgh. This is how I would recommend first-time visitors with only 24 hours to spend in Scotland’s capital city do with their time.

A Day In Edinburgh

My name is Jock Bauer, and this is the best day in my Life!

07:00 – 08:00Have a full Scottish breakfast in your hotel, guest house or B&B. Ask for porridge, haggis and kippers – not in the same bowl.

08:00 – 09:30 – Walk up Calton Hill and get your bearings. Arthur’s Seat might be too much of a challenge after that breakfast. From Calton Hill you will be able to clearly see the Old Town, New Town and out to the Leith and the sea behind you. You’ll get some great photos to start the day off with. See the castle over there? That’s where we are heading next – hope you have good walking shoes on (I should have mentioned at the start of the day, sorry) – it’s a 30 minute walk .

09:30 – 11:30 – Visit Edinburgh Castle – get in early before the crowds. Don’t miss; St Margaret’s Chapel the oldest building; the Scottish National War Memorial is sombre and fascinating; The Honours of Scotland, our crown jewels; and the Dog Cemetery.

11:30 – 13:00 – Head to the new National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street – FREE Entry. There’s lots of serious galleries covering a range of topics, and lots of stuff for kids to touch and try to break.


13:00 – 14:00 – Listen for the 1 o’clock gun from the Castle. Walk down the historic Royal Mile, visit St Giles Cathedral (FREE Entry but please make a donation), look in the shops and buy a souvenir for Granny – she’ll love a See You Jimmy hat for Christmas.

14:00 – 14:30 – From the bottom of the Royal Mile gaze up at the impressive Arthur’s Seat and wonder if you should climb it. Then gaze at the Scottish Parliament (FREE Entry) and wonder where the £400m was spent. Pop in for a nose around.

14:30 – 16:00 – Take a taxi to The Royal Botanic Garden for a walk around the magnificent gardens – FREE Entry. Find some inner peace, and afternoon tea in the Gateway Restaurant.

16:00 – 17:00 – Take a flying visit to the National Gallery of Modern Art – FREE Entry. It closes at 5pm. Don’t miss the sculpture parks.


17:00 – 19:00 -Then take a walk along the Water of Leith to pretty Stockbridge, spotting wildlife on the way. Walk up the hill to George Street and do some luxury shopping at the elegant stores. Try a luxury cocktail at one of Edinburgh’s cool bars once you are finished.

19:00 – 21:00 – Have dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant – we have a 4 to choose from. Don’t worry, you can try the others the next time you visit. You will be back.

21:00 – 22:00 – Quick pint(s) of Deuchars IPA at The Oxford Bar – home away from home of Inspector Rebus.

22:00 – 23:00 -Head off on a ghost tour below the Old Town streets. If you dare.

23:00 – 24:00 -Catch a local band at a pub on the Grassmarket.

24:00 to bed time – Go to one of Edinburgh’s cool nightclubs in the New Town, and have a white pudding supper on the way home.

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