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Something for the Weekend? - Edinburgh

Published: 19th September 2019

Welcome to our travel series 'Something for the Weekend?' This time we're in the City of Edinburgh with 5 inspiring things to do and some totally cool places to stay.

Why Edinburgh?

Scotland's famous and friendly capital city has it all - bloody history, excellent shopping, fantastic restaurants and ruggedly handsome scenery - there aren't many cities built around a dormant volcano. The recently upgraded Caledonian Sleeper service from London starts at around 147 return, or flights from Gatwick come in at around 100.

Five cool things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Food Safari Guided foodie tours through the city's streets with local experts sampling home-grown delicacies like cheese, whisky, salmon and gin. www.edinburghfoodsafari.com

Mary King's Close A warren of 17th century streets and spaces, preserved under the Royal Mile and recently restored in fascinating detail. www.realmarykingsclose.com

The Royal Botanic Gardens The second oldest botanical gardens in the UK after Oxford, 70 lush acres of stunning landscape gardens, magnificent greenhouses and exotic plants. www.rbge.org.uk

City walk through Holyrood Park Breathtaking in every sense, this climb up the craggy hillside of the city's dormant volcano will reward you with fantastic views of the city and the castle. www.walkhighlands.co.uk

Trainspotting Walking Tour Visit the locations from this iconic film and see the sights of central Edinburgh and the waterfronts of Leith. britmovietours.com

Where to stay

CoolStays has a range of interesting, unique and luxurious places to stay in Edinburgh - from cosy historical hideaways, to urban apartments, to plush 5 star manor houses.

Dovecot Cottage

Dovecot Cottage

Edinburgh - Midlothian

Spectacular 17th century stone cottage for up to four people. Rustic-chic and quirky - it was once a home for pigeons!

Sleeps 4

From 130/night

Glenlockhart Cottage Edinburgh

Glenlockhart Cottage Edinburgh

Edinburgh - City of Edinburgh

Discover this luxurious 160 year old cottage hidden away down its own private lane just a stone's throw from the vibrant centre of Edinburgh

Sleeps 4

From 143/night

Porteous Studio

Porteous Studio

Edinburgh - Edinburgh City

Architect-designed studio with true design credentials - perfect for two travellers discovering Edinburghs creative edge.

Sleeps 2

From 120/night

Nine Nelson

Nine Nelson

Edinburgh - Scotland

An historic Georgian apartment in the heart of Edinburgh which blends timeless period features with a luxury elegance.

Sleeps 9

From 595/night

City Retreat Mews

City Retreat Mews

Edinburgh - Scotland

Stay in the heart of the beautiful and historical city of Edinburgh at City Retreat Mews - which is only a 5 minute walk from the centre.

Sleeps 8

From 325/night

City Retreat Carlton

City Retreat Carlton

Edinburgh - Scotland

Versatile and high end self-catering apartments in central Edinburgh, seconds from Waverley.

Sleeps 8

From 325/night

Boutique Bothy

Boutique Bothy

Edinburgh - Midlothian

Boutique Bothy- quirky charm in the heart of the lively city of Edinburgh

Sleeps 4

From 150/night

Drylaw House

Drylaw House

Edinburgh - Lothian

Host the ultimate group get-together at this stately Georgian manor; with room for 21 and just 2 miles from Edinburgh centre.

Sleeps 21

From 1657/night

The Old Millhouse

The Old Millhouse

Dalkeith - Midlothian

An historic, country house with exclusive, five-star luxuries; set in a peaceful sanctuary just a few miles from Edinburgh

Sleeps 10

From 695/night

Author:
Claire Wills
Claire is the International Editor for CoolStays. It's her mission to scout the globe for new amazing places to show you. You can follow her on Twitter, @clairelewills

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