How to Spend Your Day in Edinburgh

How to Spend Your Day in Edinburgh

There is so much to see, do and discover in the vibrant city of Edinburgh, so much so that it can be difficult to decide how to spend your day, particularly if you’re factoring in time restrictions.

So, whether you have one, three or five hours to spare, our boutique hotel in Edinburgh shares its time suitable suggestions.

5 hours in…The Kelpies

If you’ve got a little bit more time to spare, venture outside of Edinburgh to The Kelpies. Located within Helix Park, The Kelpies are the world’s largest equine sculptures, you can admire the stunning craftsmanship and marvel at the complexity of each fantastic piece of art.

Artist Andy Scott’s initial inspiration for The Kelpies was the idea of the heavy horse of industry and economy, pulling wagons, ploughs and barges which shaped the structural layout of the area. This idea was evolved, with Scott visualising the sculptures as monuments to the local and national equine history and a paean to the lost industries of Falkirk area of Scotland.

Visitors are welcome to explore the attraction freely, however, the best way to experience The Kelpies is on a guided tour. Around 30 minute long, the tour takes you around Andy Scott’s vision, exploring what influenced the magnificent designs. As well as being home to The Kelpies, Helix Park has other things for the family to enjoy, including; a vast park area, a new lagoon, cafe, adventure zone and splash play area, so the kids certainly won’t be bored!

3 hours in…The Old Town

No trip to Edinburgh is complete without a walk around the city’s Old Town, which is just a short walk from our boutique Edinburgh hotel. A bustling area filled with historical buildings, independent shops, quirky eateries and narrow alleys. In the Old Town also lies Edinburgh Castle and The Royal Mile which is lined with bars, shops and restaurants.

You can either explore the area freely or enjoy a guided walking tour, with subjects to suit every taste, from history to ghosts to literature. Edinburgh Castle offers a separate guided tour, which enables visitors to explore the rich history of the 12th century building.

The Royal Mile is also home to a number of fantastic attractions, such as Scotch Whisky Experience where visitors can learn more about the history of Scotland’s famous tipple and sample the very best. Other attractions worth a visit include; The Museum of Edinburgh, People’s Story Museum and Camera Obscura.

1 hour in…Maison de Moggy

Cat lover? Then you’ll love Maison de Moggy, Scotland’s first ever cat café! The perfect end to your trip to Edinburgh, the café is ideal if you’ve only got a one hour left before heading home.

A cosy, homely café experience where guests can relax and enjoy a hot drink and slice of cake whilst in the company of some beautiful furry friends – purrrfect!

All 12 cats have been raised by their mum, Laura and each have their own BIG personality and are free to roam around the café, with lots of places for them to climb, play and explore. Get to know the moggy stars before you visit on their website.

The café is located on 17-19 West Port, which is just a 20 minute walk from our boutique hotel in Edinburgh.

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Our Edinburgh hotel lies within the Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage site and occupies five original Georgian townhouses just moments from both Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle.

Our hotel in Edinburgh has preserved many of the original features including decorative stairwells and a unique cupola. The chic and contemporary interior reflects the life and vibrancy of Edinburgh today.

There are 60 individual Edinburgh hotel bedrooms and junior suites to choose from and our regular guests have their firm favourites. Each guestroom in our Edinburgh city centre hotel is individually decorated reflecting the neighbourhood story with details of Edinburgh’s rich history and Summer Festival traditions.

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Our Boutique City Centre Edinburgh Hotel

We’re a hotel in Edinburgh city centre, minutes away from Waverley Train Station, Princes Street and St Andrews Square.

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Food & Drink

Join us for breakfast, and fuel up for the day ahead with our selection of continental items and a-la carte dishes which are cooked to order using local produce where possible. You can’t stay at our Edinburgh hotel without trying a ‘Wee Dram’. We have a selection of fine whisky to take you around the most famous Scottish distilleries, with the occasional stop off in places such as Wales and Japan. Alternatively, try one of our craft beers or ‘softies’.

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