Edinburgh is one of the my top cities in the UK. It is only a bit over 2 hours away by train from where I used to live in  York . And for those who don’t know, Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and Scotland is part of the United Kingdom (as well as Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Wales). 🙂

It is located in the northern part of the UK so you can expect it to be quite chilly especially during the winter (which was the time in the post). It is also a very hilly town so everywhere you go you’d have to go up and down all the time. Other than that, everything about it is perfect!

It is considered a medium-sized town for me, so I recommend to spend about 1-2 days here at least. In terms of transportation, there are no underground trains but you can easily get around by buses and trams. I recommend you to take the Red Bus hop-on hop-off tour as it is most convenient and is the most effective means of travelling in terms of time and money!

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1. EDINBURGH WAVERLEY RAILWAY STATION

Edinburgh Waverley Railway is the main railway station of Edinburgh. You most likely will have to start your trip here regardless if you come from Edinburgh Airport, or trains from York or Glasgow. From here there are many buses and trams which take you anywhere.

Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station

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My first view of Edinburgh, just outside the railway station
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2. EDINBURGH CASTLE

Edinburgh castle is one of the most prominent landmarks and attractions in Edinburgh. In the old time, Edinburgh castle used to be used as a fortress and prisons for prisoners but now is a museum and it is open to public. It is only 10-15 minutes walk (a little uphill) from the railway station. It is standing right on the top of a small hill so you can see it even from the railway station.

Entrance to Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh | Scotland
Edinburgh | Scotland
Edinburgh | Scotland
Edinburgh | Scotland
Edinburgh | Scotland

3. SIGHTS OF EDINBURGH CITY FROM EDINBURGH CASTLE

This is another main thing I that many people overlook as they’re too focused inside the castle (as it’s quite big and consists of many small museums and exhibitions). Please don’t forget, while you’re within the castle area, to find balconies and look down to the city centre from time to time to get a different view.  

Edinburgh city and the North Sea from Edinburgh castle
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Former church and assembly hall, The Hub (The Black Church) and Arthur’s Seat (the hill over to the right) Edinburgh | Scotland

From left to right: Edinburgh Waverley Railway station;  Calton Hill (most famous monument in Edinburgh)Edinburgh | Scotland

From left to right: Edinburgh Festival Wheel, Scott Monument, Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station; Calton Hill and National Monument
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4. CALTON HILL

Right on the top of the hill just few minutes walk from the railway station is the famous Calton Hill which you can see the whole view of the city. I recommend you to come here for either the sunrise or sunset as they’re the most beautiful time of the day. There are two popular monuments here on the top of Calton Hill, the Dugald Stewart monument and the National monument.

Going up Calton Hill for the sunrise

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Dugald Stewart Monument
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The National Monument

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Please do keep in mind that Scotland has so much more to offer than just the capital Edinburgh, another main destination from Edinburgh is Glasgow which is actually the most populated cities in Scotland! So please make sure to go check that post out! 🙂 Also, if you did enjoy my post please do check out my buddy’s Solo trip to Scotland where she covered Edinburgh and other places in Scotland as well!

All in all, I hoped you enjoyed this journey  Please let me know what you think down the comment sections below!

Until next time, pack your bags, go out and explore!

All the best wishes,

Kasidit Vongvatanapuntu (Kay)

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