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4 days in Edinburgh

what should I see in my 4 days in Edinburgh next May?


  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @JohnHNorfolk I would suggest checking out our guide here: 3 days in Edinburgh.

    Then with your extra day you could take a day trip to Glasgow (around 1 hour on the train, or 1 hour 20 on the bus) and we have some further tips here that might of use to you. 

    Spring in Edinburgh is usually one of the driest times of the year, and the mild temperatures make for pleasant weather for exploring the city and its surrounding regions.  You should see a lot of cherry blossoms and daffodils, particularly in and around the Meadows. Hope this helps!
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Hey @JohnHNorfolk

    The 3 days guide above is a good start (the Botanical Gardens, Arthurs Seat & Calton Hill are a must). Most things on the guide are quite touristy. If you want to do something offbeat, visit the picturesque Dean Village (on Sunday if possible when the small Farmers market runs).

    For food & drink, take a trip to the Bruntsfield area which as a number of good restaurants, bistros, cafes & pubs. Hanging Bat is a local favourite pub with excellent beer.

    Finally, if this is a 4 day trip to Edinburgh only and you have not seen any other parts of Scotland before, I'd highly recommend taking a day trip up north. Perthshire is highly accessible by rail and is the gateway to the Highlands that makes it a personal favourite region to visit (also home to a few good distilleries).
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  • VisitScotlandMurielVisitScotlandMuriel Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Take a look at Edinburgh Bus Tours and the different options on offer - for example the Royal Edinburgh Ticket. It's an easy way to get around the city and it also includes the 3 Royal Attractions, namely Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Yacht Britannia. Explore the Royal Mile, the National Museum of Scotland, Princes Street Gardens, the National Galleries and the Scott Monument. The weather is very changeable so pack a warm coat just in case! 
  • GlenstriderGlenstrider Member ✭✭
    There is a wealth of history, art, architecture and stunning walks in the heart of Edinburgh. Try a spooky Old Town tour at night! For a wee jaunt out of the centre take a bus to the mysterious Rosslyn chapel or the new Borders Railway down to Melrose.
  • SuYLSuYL Member ✭✭
    Usquabae Whisky Bar. Fair to say "I love haggis." Their's was the best haggis I had in Edinburgh. 
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