Edinburgh in 3 days


This practical guide to Edinburgh in 3 days It is perfect to prepare a trip to one of the most charming European capitals, which we are sure will not disappoint.
During the first two days you will have walked through all the highlights of the trip and new part of the city, including its two great viewpoints Calton Hill and Arthur's Seat. On this third day, we recommend you take an excursion to one of the most essential places to visit in Scotland such as Loch Ness, the castles of Glamis and Dunnottar or the Lomond and Katrine lakes, among many others.

Based on the experience of our trip to Scotland in 11 days, we have made this guide to know the best of Edinburgh in three days. We start!

Practical advice for traveling to Edinburgh

  • To get from the airport to the center or to your hotel, you have several options: bus, tram or this direct transfer to the hotel.
    For more information on the transfer you can check this post on how to go from Edinburgh airport to downtown.
  • To stay at the Edinburgh in 3 days We recommend Canon Court Apartments, located in a quiet area of ​​the city and the Old Waverley Hotel located near the center, both have one of the best quality / price ratios in the city.
  • To move around the city you have the urban bus, remembering that you must pay in cash since it does not return change.
  • Check if you find it profitable to book the 48-hour Royal Edinburgh card that includes the tourist bus and the entrance to several attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Remember that it is necessary to bring adapters for the plugs and look both ways at the crosswalks, as you drive on the left.
  • To learn more about the history and curiosities of the city, we recommend you book this free tour of Edinburgh, free!
  • If you are a follower of the Harry Potter saga you can book this free tour in Spanish that goes through the places that inspired its author J.K. Rowling
  • Keep in mind that most Edinburgh museums have free admission.
  • If you are going to do an itinerary through the country we recommend you follow this list of essential tips for traveling to Scotland.
  • In our experience, we recommend you to withdraw money from ATMs or always pay by card, before going to an exchange office. We always use the N26 card to pay and the BNEXT card to withdraw money from the cashier, with which you will be reimbursed all commissions and you will also receive 10 euros if you sign up from this link.
    You can find much more information on this topic in the post we publish «The best cards to travel without paying commissions.

For more recommendations you can consult this essential tips for traveling to Edinburgh.

First day in Edinburgh

The first day of Edinburgh in 3 days Start early in the morning with a visit to Edinburgh Castle from where you can enjoy fantastic views of the city. To tour this huge castle, full of points of interest and with a great history, you can book this guided tour in Spanish or visit it on your own by booking tickets in advance, which will save you the queues.

When you leave the castle you will go down the Royal Mile, the most famous street in the city, full of historic buildings, churches, taverns and closes, which are small alleys that lead to old interior courtyards. The first courtyard you can enter is Lady Stair's Close, although there are others recommended throughout the Royal Mile such as Bakehouse Close, Tweeddale Court, Dunbar's Close, White Horse Close or Old Fishmarket Close, where the interesting guided ghost tour begins In Spanish, one of the favorites of travelers.

Dunnottar Castle

Other of the best excursions in Edinburgh of one or more days, with a guide in Spanish are:

  • Excursion to Stirling and Saint Andrews, two of the most famous and most charming places in Scotland.
  • 3-day excursion to the Highlands and the Isle of Sky that includes some of the best castles and landscapes in Scotland.
  • Excursion to Rosslyn and the Hadrian's Wall where you will visit the church that appeared in the book "The Da Vinci Code" and the most famous wall of the Roman Empire
  • Tour of Harry Potter and the English castles, which includes Alnwick Castle, where numerous scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed. If you have one more day you can book the two-day tour that includes a route on the Jacobite Train, which inspired the famous Hogwarts Express.

Map of Edinburgh in three days