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Best Things to Do in Edinburgh

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Lexie's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

I love the entire vibe of Edinburgh - if you are a Harry Potter fan like me, you MUST visit Edinburgh. We will be returning for sure.

Visited Edinburgh in May

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Jilli in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Natalia's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Afternoon tea at the Georgian Tea Room in the Dome Hotel. They made my experience very special, greeted me by name, and the setup was delicious!

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

I loved the free ghost tour of Edinburgh by City Explorers. It was fascinating. I climbed Arthur's Seat on an exceptionally beautiful day. I also loved Princes Gardens.

Visited Edinburgh in April

Photo Shoot Location: Princes Street Gardens

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


DeAnn's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Duck and waffles, August37 (fantastic hamburgers), the Spence.

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

Royal mile, Edinburgh Castle. Shopping! Sticky toffee pudding was awesome

What is your best travel tip for Edinburgh?

Dress warmly and carry an umbrella! Note that many hotels have no parking. You may have to walk a bit with luggage.

Visited Edinburgh in April

Photo Shoot Location: Circus Lane and St Stephen Street

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Ashley's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

The Kitchin - Michelin rated George IV - great cullen & skink

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

Food tour with Carlos Scotch Whiskey Experience Flytographer photo shoot on Calton Hill

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Edinburgh?

The Kitchin for dinner

Visited Edinburgh in March

Photo Shoot Location: Calton Hill

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Heather's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

The Witchery

Visited Edinburgh in September

Photo Shoot Location: Princes Street Gardens

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Rhiannon's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

Don't miss Dean's Village. A quaint, picturesque neighborhood in the middle of the city. There is a gorgeous path along the river that is a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Insider tip ask a driver to drop you at Dean's Path. Snap away. Make your way to the river and keep walking!!

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Edinburgh?

Make reservations!!

Visited Edinburgh in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Jilli in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Jacob's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

We really enjoyed everywhere that we went, but we went to Contini George Street the night of the proposal and it was a great place with great food and drinks!

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

We really enjoyed touring Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill, walking on Victoria Street, and seeing the many great views like Ross Fountain that Edinburgh had to offer!

Visited Edinburgh in August

Photo Shoot Location: Princes Street Gardens

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Rebekah's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Whiski on the Royal Mile. Such good burgers and drinks selections

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh Castle Princes Street Gardens Arthur’s Seat Hike

Visited Edinburgh in July

Photo Shoot Location: Princes Street Gardens

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Kayla's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Greyfriars Bobby pub is always amazing but I loved the Badger & Co! The food, the design, the people, the ambiance is wonderful!

Visited Edinburgh in July

Photo Shoot Location: The Royal Mile

Shay in Edinburgh for Flytographer


David's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Pantry. Amazing food and atmosphere and we just stumbled upon it.

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

The Real Mary King's Close was a surprise highlight. And our trip to the Highlands and especially Doune Castle was my favorite part.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Edinburgh?

Experiences > informational tours :)

Visited Edinburgh in July

Photo Shoot Location: Circus Lane and St Stephen Street

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Brittney's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Theatre Room Bar. It was next to our hotel and had great food and service!

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

Walking around the city, seeing landmarks such as the Edinburgh castle and shopping!

What is your best travel tip for Edinburgh?

Be prepared to walk!

Visited Edinburgh in June

Photo Shoot Location: Circus Lane and St Stephen Street

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Michelle's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

We really loved Piper's Rest, they had great service and (according to my husband) the best Haggis in town!

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

The historical tour of Mary King's Close is a personal favorite, you learn so much of the city's history and see a hidden "secret" part of the city as well. We also loved touring Holyroodhouse Palace as well as Edinburgh Castle, and definitely recommend doing the audio tours to get the full experience.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Edinburgh?

Check out the playground in Prince's Street Gardens, it has beautiful views of the castle!

Visited Edinburgh in May

Photo Shoot Location: Princes Street Gardens

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Jeewon's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Haggis Box was a cute stop for a quick lunch. The staff were very friendly and cared a lot about their food, where it comes from, and it had a welcoming atmosphere. Great place to have your first or second haggis of the day! We also enjoyed visiting many pubs - among our favorites were Guilford Arms, Kenliworth, and Salt Horse. If you're in the mood for dessert, we loved Mary's Milk Bar for ice cream.

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

We enjoyed just walking around, shopping, and taking in the sights. Loved people watching from many cafes in the old town. You can't miss the Royal Mile, Grass Market, the Edinburgh Castle, and hiking up Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill for great views.

Visited Edinburgh in May

Photo Shoot Location: The Royal Mile

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Karen's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Greyfriar Bobby’s! Best haggis, keeps, and tatties along with other traditional Scottish fare.

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

Calton Hill!! The views are absolutely incredible.

Visited Edinburgh in March

Photo Shoot Location: Princes Street Gardens

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Susanna's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

We celebrated my graduation at The Timberyard. We opted for a vegetarian-tasting menu with wine. The food and drink pairings were all unique and had a fun story behind each option. The ambiance and staff were the cherries on top for a great night of celebration.

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

The University of Edinburgh campus, the Leith River Walk, Arthur's Seat, and Dean Village

What is the best tip for celebrating your graduation in Edinburgh?

Treat yourself to a photo shoot in your graduation gown around campus! Also, take time to enjoy a fancy dinner to celebrate all your accomplishments!

Visited Edinburgh in November

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Elena's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Dishoom for dinner and Greenwoods for brunch. Both are creative and curated to create an experience versus just a meal.

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

Climbing Salisbury Crags, walking the waters of Leith, and shopping the vintage and charity shops in Stockbridge.

What is your best travel tip for Edinburgh?

See the Royal Mile, but make time to walk and explore outside of old town. We loved staying in Stockbridge. It is an easy walk from all the sites, and the neighborhood is delightful - with amazing restaurants, cafes, shopping, and the Waters of Leith path. And, while Arthur’s Seat is the popular climb, we loved the view from Salisbury Crags.

Visited Edinburgh in November

Photo Shoot Location: The Royal Mile

Shay in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Meghan's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh larder. Best lunch board! Salt Cafe, the fluffiest GF pancakes

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

Johnny walker experience. Could have stayed all day and did them all! Wish we got a reservation at the roof top bar.

Visited Edinburgh in September

Photo Shoot Location: Circus Lane and St Stephen Street

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Tiffany and Han's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

The tasting menu was fantastic at Mono. Everything about the experience was superb-- service, quality of food, wine pairings, atmosphere We also loved Scran and Scallie. Delicious oysters and meat pies. Really cool neighborhood spot in Stockbridge. Grab a drink beforehand across the street at The Raeburn.

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

Our favorite day was down on the waterfront in Leith. Lots of great restaurants and breweries to visit. Less of a tourist ccrowd more local feel.

What is your best travel tip for Edinburgh?

The Royal Mile and Old Town can be very crowded. Head into other neighborhoods for dinner and drinks at night to get a better sense of the real city.

Visited Edinburgh in July

Photo Shoot Location: The Royal Mile

Shay in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Abbey's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

We loved Victor Hugo deli. They had great options for everyone in our family, including my son who’s allergic to dairy. Great coffee too! My husband and I were also able to sneak away for a dinner for 2 to Cafe Royal on our last night which was a lovely experience in stepping back in time. Great seafood also!

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

We stayed in Stockbridge, so aside from the obvious Edinburgh Castle experience, we loved Circus Lane and the shops and cafes in the area. We also enjoyed a walk along the water and Deans Village. My only wish is that we had one more day to spend in Stockbridge!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Edinburgh?

Playgrounds! We tried to discover and utilize playgrounds as much as we could to help entertain our children and burn some playing energy. We loved the one at Princes Street Gardens, and there was a great ice cream/sorbet shop close by which was also a hit!

Visited Edinburgh in July

Photo Shoot Location: Circus Lane and St Stephen Street

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Nani's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Our photographer, Shay recommended Indian restaurant, Dishoom and it’s the best Indian food we’ve ever tried, even our son got hooked on it. We ended up going back again in London. We also like Tigerlily, a very pretty restaurants with good food and drinks.

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

Hike to Calton Hill and you’ll see the best view of Edinburg, which is very beautiful. We also love Dean Village, very beautiful and serene place.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Edinburgh?

Take advantage of hop in and off bus, since they can’t walk too much. A lot of snacks and water stops. Sometimes bribe them by buying little souvenirs - they love the bagpiper bear stuff animal 😬

Visited Edinburgh in July

Photo Shoot Location: The Royal Mile

Shay in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Deanna's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Tattu because of the charm of the restaurant with great service and food. Perfect date night experience.

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

Loved seeing Stirling Castle, Royal Mile, and St Andrew’s golf.

Visited Edinburgh in July

Photo Shoot Location: Circus Lane and St Stephen Street

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Sarah's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Favorite restaurant was Angels with Bagpipes- incredible food, excellent service and great amanuenses!

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

Exploring Arthur’s Seat - stunning views!

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Edinburgh?

Take time to explore - it’s a beautiful city with lots of amazing history. So many beautiful shops and restaurants

Visited Edinburgh in June

Photo Shoot Location: Circus Lane and St Stephen Street

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Alyssa's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

We splurged and went to The Kitchin. It was a spectacular dining experience with the most delicious naturally sourced Scottish food.

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

I loved booking a Highland and Whisky tour that was a day long excursion. They took us to some beautiful locations to experience the Highlands. Ending the tour at Aberfeldy Distillery was the cherry on top of the cake.

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Edinburgh?

Bring your walking shoes and layer up! It went from hot to cold to rainy and back to hot again in such a short time period. Be prepared. It was also so enjoyable to be able to walk everywhere and just explore without having any real plans for a couple days of the trip.

Visited Edinburgh in June

Photo Shoot Location: The Royal Mile

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


MARIA's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Rose street garden. Delicious food! Very interesting drinks!

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

Walking about the gardens and the Royal Mile. Loved the architecture.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Edinburgh?

Comfortable shoes

Visited Edinburgh in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Kim in Edinburgh for Flytographer


Katherine's Travel Tips for Edinburgh

What are the best places to eat and drink in Edinburgh?

Pizza Express - their dough balls are amazing!

What are the best things to do in Edinburgh?

Hiking Arthur’s Seat was amazing! Gorgeous views!

Visited Edinburgh in May

Photo Shoot Location: The Royal Mile

Shay in Edinburgh for Flytographer


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