I was in London prior to Edinburgh and I wasn’t sure which route to take until I sat down to analyse the pros & cons of the different modes of travel. I finally decided to take the scenic route and booked a seat on the train that would take me from Kings Cross, London to Waverly, Edinburgh.
I use Rome2Rio for most of my travel bookings because I find it very reliable as well as informative. This site provides you with approximate time and cost estimates to help you choose the mode best suited to your time and budget.
The train ride from London to Edinburgh was picture perfect and I am so glad that I decided to take the train instead of flying there. While flight fares are cheaper than train fares, when you factor in the cost of getting to and from the airport plus the wait times, the train ride seems to be way more economical and worth the money. You only need to reach the train station 30 mins ahead of time while the airport is bound to eat up a good chunk of your time.
From the Castle gates to the Palace gates the street is almost exactly a mile (1.6 km) long and runs downhill between two significant locations in the royal history of Scotland, namely Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, hence its name. The streets which make up the Royal Mile are (west to east) Castlehill, the Lawnmarket, the High Street, the Canongate and Abbey Strand. The Royal Mile is the busiest tourist street in the Old Town, rivalled only by Princes Street in the New Town.
There are plenty of options for every budget but I chose to stay in an AirBnB after much deliberation. It was a very charming old building right at the heart of The Royal Mile with a view to boot and the loveliest host ever. I really prefer AirBnB stays with a host otherwise it ends up being like any other hotel.
While there are taxis and buses to get you from A to B, I love to walk everywhere. I feel that walking lets you experience the best of any place and you’ll end up with stronger and sharper memories.
Edinburgh is a very walkable city so don’t forget your walking shoes. You never know what/who you might stumble upon in this historical city.
What To Do/See
Edinburgh may seem to be a small city but in order to experience all that it has to offer, you’d need at least a week or more. If you only have a couple of days, make a list of places you want to see and things you want to do ahead of time so that your trip will be smoother.
Some of the most iconic sites that you just need to check out :
- Edinburgh Castle
- Palace of Holyroodhouse
- Greyfriars Kirk
- Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia
- Arthur’s Seat
- Portobello Beach
If you’re a Potterhead like me, you might like to be part of The Harry Potter Experience/ The Potter Trail or wander around on your own. Nothing like reliving childhood fantasies in a city as old and full of character as Edinburgh.
There are some very interesting AirBnB experiences available too. I went on a tour called The Dark Side of Edinburgh and had a very thrilling time revisiting the darker and bloodier history of the city that is Edinburgh. The host took us around various locations including cemeteries and market squares where some chilling incidents happened throughout history.
Consider taking a couple of daytrips outside of Edinburgh if time permits. I got the chance to visit some of the filming sites of the series Outlander and it was stunning. I will try to make a separate post for the Outlander Tour soon.
There are day trips to the Highlands and also Loch Ness which I hope to visit someday.
I hope this post was at least a little bit informative. I’m quite new to this so still learning as I go but I hope I can improve my content with time.
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