2 Days in Edinburgh

Are you ready for an adventure? We’ve got everything you’ll need to know when travelling in Edinburgh in this guide.

Imagine you’ve finally arrived in the majestic city of Edinburgh, Scotland, ready to explore its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. 

But there’s a catch—you only have two days to experience it all. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re a solo traveller or exploring with companions, Edinburgh promises an experience like no other.

Exploring a new city in a limited time frame can sound exhausting, especially when you want to make every moment count. That’s where we can help. 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the best of Edinburgh in just 48 hours, ensuring you don’t miss a single highlight. 

From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, cultural experiences to culinary delights, consider this your roadmap to an unforgettable Edinburgh getaway.  

Day 1 in Edinburgh

Day 1: Exploring the Heart of Edinburgh

Ah, the start of your Edinburgh adventure begins with a day filled to the brim with exploration and wonder! 

Morning: Old Town and Edinburgh Castle

As the sun begins to rise over the cobblestone streets of Old Town, kick off your day with a visit to the majestic Edinburgh Castle. 

Perched atop Castle Rock, this iconic fortress offers more than just breathtaking views; it’s a portal to Scotland’s storied past. 

From royal chambers to military exhibits, every corner of the castle tells a tale of centuries gone by.

After you’ve taken in the grandeur of the castle, set off on a leisurely stroll down the Royal Mile. 

Here, you’ll find yourself immersed in a whirlwind of sights and sounds, from bustling shops to lively street performers. 

Don’t forget to stop by some of the area’s historic sites, each one offering a glimpse into Edinburgh’s fascinating history!

Afternoon: Holyrood Palace and Arthur’s Seat

As the day goes by, continue your journey through Edinburgh’s regal past with a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. This magnificent residence serves as the official Scottish residence of the Queen, offering a rare glimpse into royal life. Take your time exploring the palace’s opulent rooms and lush gardens, soaking in the grandeur of it all.

Once you’ve had your fill of royal splendour, lace up your hiking boots and prepare for a scenic adventure up Arthur’s Seat! 

This ancient volcano promises stunning panoramic views of the city below, making it the perfect spot to snap some envy-inducing photos for the ‘gram.

Evening: Scottish Cuisine Experience

After a day of exploration, treat yourself to a taste of true Scottish hospitality with a traditional Scottish cuisine experience

Head to a local pub or restaurant and indulge in hearty dishes like haggis, neeps, and tatties, washed down with a pint of locally brewed ale. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you!

And there you have it—a day spent exploring the heart of Edinburgh, from its historic landmarks to its culinary delights. So, lace up your walking shoes and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime.  

Day 2 in Edinburgh

Now that you’re on your second day in Edinburgh, get ready for more excitement and beauty waiting to be discovered. 

Today, we’re diving deeper into Edinburgh’s cultural treasures and natural splendours, promising you a day filled with joy and wonder.

Morning: New Town and National Galleries

Start your day with a leisurely stroll through New Town, where you’ll be amazed by the beautiful old buildings with fancy windows and doors. 

Then, make your way to the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. 

Inside, you’ll find all sorts of amazing artwork—paintings, sculptures, and photos—made by artists from long ago and today.

Afternoon: Princes Street Gardens and Shopping

Princes Street Gardens, a green space in Edinburgh's City Centre

After spending your morning exploring art, take a break in Princes Street Gardens. It’s like a big, green park right in the middle of the city, perfect for relaxing and enjoying nature. 

Once you’re feeling refreshed, head over to Princes Street for some shopping fun! There are lots of cool shops here, selling everything from clothes to souvenirs. 

Treat yourself to something special or find the perfect gift for a friend.

Evening: Explore Edinburgh’s Vibrant Nightlife

nightlife in edinburgh, brunstfield nightlife

As the sun sets, Edinburgh’s nightlife comes alive! 

Why not check out a traditional Scottish pub or a trendy bar in the city centre? You can sip on a tasty drink and soak up the lively atmosphere, maybe even meet some new friends. Whether you’re in the mood for a cosy chat or dancing the night away, Edinburgh’s nightlife has something for everyone.

And just like that, your two-day adventure in Edinburgh comes to an end. But don’t worry—there’s always more to explore in this amazing city. 

So, take your memories with you, and who knows? Maybe you’ll find yourself back in Edinburgh before you know it, ready for another round of fun and discovery. 

Practical tips for your 2-Day Edinburgh vacation

Now, let’s talk about some practical stuff to make sure your Edinburgh visit goes smoothly. After all, a little preparation can go a long way in ensuring you have the best time possible!

First off, getting around Edinburgh is pretty easy. You’ve got buses and trams running all over the city, making it super convenient to hop from one place to another. Plus, walking is a great way to explore, especially in the city centre where everything is close by.

As for what to wear, Edinburgh’s weather can be a bit unpredictable. It’s always a good idea to dress in layers, so you can adjust if it gets chilly or warm throughout the day. And don’t forget your umbrella—rain is pretty common here, but it just adds to the city’s charm!

Now, let’s talk travel essentials. Make sure you’ve got your phone charger, a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated, and maybe a map or guidebook to help you navigate. Oh, and don’t forget your camera—you’ll want to capture all those unforgettable moments!

With these practical tips in mind, you’re all set for an amazing Edinburgh adventure. So go ahead, pack your bags, and get ready to fall in love with this incredible city!

Where to Stay: Black Ivy

When it comes to finding the perfect place to stay in Edinburgh, look no further than Black Ivy. Our boutique hotel isn’t just a place to rest your head; it’s a cosy sanctuary that feels like home from the moment you walk through the door.

Situated a mere 10 minutes away from the historic Old Town, Black Ivy serves as the perfect base for your Edinburgh exploration. No longer will you have to compromise between accessibility and luxury, as Black Ivy effortlessly combines the two. 

Imagine stepping out of your designer room and finding yourself amidst the bustling streets of Edinburgh’s most iconic neighbourhoods.

Aside from our prime location, our boutique hotel boasts a range of amenities designed to enhance your stay. From beautifully designed rooms that exude luxury to mouthwatering dining options that tantalise your taste buds, every aspect of your stay is carefully curated to ensure maximum comfort and enjoyment.

Let’s be real—finding accommodation that ticks all the boxes can be a bit of a headache. You want somewhere safe, comfortable, and ideally, right in the centre of everything. With Black Ivy, you can wave goodbye to those worries. /p>

Here, you’ll find a cosy retreat where you can unwind after a day of exploring, knowing that you’re in the heart of Edinburgh’s vibrant energy./p>

Ready to go?

As your two-day journey through Edinburgh comes to a close, let’s take a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences you’ve had. 

From exploring historic landmarks to indulging in delicious Scottish cuisine, you’ve truly experienced the magic of Edinburgh.

If there’s one thing to remember from your adventure, it’s the importance of choosing the right place to stay–Black Ivy. Not only is it super stylish and comfy, but its central location makes it a breeze to explore the city. You’ll be just minutes away from all the action, so you can spend less time traveling and more time making memories.  

Don’t wait until your next trip to Edinburgh to secure your spot at Black Ivy. 

Book your room now and make Black Ivy your home away from home. 

Trust us, you won’t regret it. Here’s to unforgettable adventures and the countless memories waiting to be made in Edinburgh!