Edinburgh, Scotland

CONTRIBUTED BY TEANNA SIDLES 

Edinburgh, Scotland | www.germanyja.comScotland has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. We flew out of Munich, straight to Edinburgh, using Easyjet Airlines. I would highly suggest them. It was a quick and easy flight.

Edinburgh, Scotland | www.germanyja.comOnce we arrived in Edinburgh, we caught the Airlink 100 bus that would take us into the city. It costs £4.50 per person and will take you into the city center (Waverly Station) in 30 mins. There are 2 other options: the tram, and city bus. They both will take you into the city center. The cheapest option is taking the city bus; It’s £1.50 per person. BUT it takes an hour to get from the airport to the city center. Taking the Airlink bus was more, but time was more important to us this trip.

On our first night in Edinburgh, we headed off to the Scottish Market (located on St. Andrew’s square), it only runs from the end of November until the beginning of January. The market features locally produced sausages, fresh seafood, unique chocolate, delightful cupcakes, gin, Scottish brewed craft beer, Scottish crafted jewelry and woodwork. Maybe because it was a Thursday night, but it was pretty boring. So we headed off a cople of blocks away to the European Market, or as I like to call it, Edinburgh’s Christmas Market. Funny thing is, that we ended up at the Christmas Market every single night. We love Christmas Markets, no matter where it is, although Germany has the best.

The next day we had a full day in Edinburgh and started off our day with a Sandeman’s Free Walking Tour. I really enjoy these tours. You really get your money’s worth. Our tour guide was a South African man named Luca. He was a world traveler who fell in love with the city of Edinburgh and found a way to make a living by doing what he loved. For this basic city tour booking is free, but the tour guides work on tips so have some cash ready at the end. They also offer other tours which may have a price associated. 

On the free walking tour they cover all the main sights of the Old City of Edinburgh. Starting on the famous Royal Mile, we lead you through the windy streets and up the hills to sites of executions, cloned sheep and the birthplace of Harry Potter!

Edinburgh, Scotland | www.germanyja.comEdinburgh was a great city to explore, although I could’ve done without the rain. It rained EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. But at night (you know… 4 pm) the rain just magically stopped. Haha.

We did hike to the end of the Royal Mile so I could check out the outside of the castle. It is a massive thing!

After walking around the city we stopped off at a couple of pubs and picked up some food. When we stopped for lunch we stopped off at a little pub near the Royal Mile and had some Burgers (Burgers are amazing in Scotland!) I’d suggest finding one of these little pubs, we bought lunch for the both of us for under 10 pounds total! Later on that night we found another little pub, one of the Weatherspoons branches and had a beer each and paid 12 pounds total. Eating in Edinburgh is way cheaper than London! As a side note, our tour guide Luca, claims that there is a pub for every 6 people in Edinburgh!

Edinburgh, Scotland | www.germanyja.comThe castle is Edinburgh’s main attraction. When you go to Paris – you go to the Eiffel Tower, when you go to Rome – you see the Coliseum, when you go to Edinburgh – you go to Edinburgh Castle! It is THE iconic Scottish tourist attraction. The castle dominates Edinburgh’s skyline, and sits atop “Castle Rock”. During our tour, Luca told us that much of the Game of Thrones-Lore is based on Scottish history and locations. For example, House Lannister’s “Casterly Rock” stems from Edinburgh’s “Castle Rock”.

Maybe if the weather was a little better, or if we had more daylight each day, we would have been able to see some more of the city. The Scottish Natural History Museum has free entry – for anyone who enjoys museums – and there are other attractions to see. Even with bad weather, we enjoyed our trip to Scotland, and would definitely recommend it to anyone!

Tips For Your Trip:

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The Scotch Whiskey Experience – Edinburgh, Scotland

Airlink Busses:Edinburgh, Scotland | www.germanyja.com

Airlink website with ticket pricing, timetables and more.

You can purchase Airlink single and return tickets at the Airlink kiosk outside Edinburgh Airport Domestic Arrivals, online and directly from Airlink drivers.

The route to the airport is served 24 hours a day.

Scottish Market:

Scottish Market website

Dates: Late November – early January (see website for this year’s dates)

Times: 1000 – 2200

Location: St Andrew Square, Edinburgh
38 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH2, UK

European Market:

European Market website

Dates: Late November – early January (see website for this year’s dates)

Times: 1000 – 2200

Location: East Princes St Gardens, Edinburgh
Scott Monument, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, UK

Sandeman’s Free Walking Tour: 

Sandeman’s Free Walking Tour website

  • Use the website to book your time and date. Or you can just show up at the meeting point 10 – 15 minutes before the starting time.
  • Tours start at 10:00, 11:00 & 14:00.
  • Meeting point: Across from the Starbucks Coffee on High Street. (124 High St, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH1 1PD, UK)
  • Children under 13 accompanied by a parent are welcome.
  • The free walking tour will last over two hours and you will be on your feet and walking the whole time. Be prepared with the proper clothing and footwear.
  • They have other tours with a booking price. Check the website!

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle website

Tickets:

Castle tickets can be bought online so you can skip the line!

Adults (16 – 59): £16.50
Seniors (60+): £13.20
Children (5 – 15): £9.90
Children under 5: Free

Location:

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG

Hours:

1 October – 31 March: 0930 – 1700
1 April – 30 September: 0930 – 1800

Last entry is one hour before closing

National Museum of Scotland

Tickets:

Free for all! Donations welcome.

Location:

Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, United Kingdom

Hours:

Daily: 10:00-17:00

 

 

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