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12 Things to do in Ed­in­burgh in 48 Hours: we do the plan­ning so that you don’t have to

The Scot­tish cap­i­tal is a thrilling show­case of cul­ture, cui­sine and the arts. Here are a se­lec­tion of ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to max­imise your time in the city.

6.05am cal­ton hill

As the sun rises over Ed­in­burgh, take a short walk up Cal­ton Hill, where you will find panoramic views of the city and the River Forth. Warm cloth­ing is rec­om­mended, as the morn­ing winds can be chilly.

8.30am the brasserie

The light-filled Brasserie at The Glasshouse Ho­tel Ed­in­burgh is just the spot to tuck into a tra­di­tional (and de­li­cious) Scot­tish break­fast of haggis, blood pud­ding, sausages, mush­rooms, ba­con and an egg served sunny side up.

11.00am mer­cat tours

Meet out­side St. Giles Cathe­dral, lo­cated on the city’s High Street, for one of Mer­cat Tours twohour walk­ing ad­ven­tures that cover his­toric lo­ca­tions such as Holy­rood Palace and Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle, as well as themed ghost and un­der­ground tours. www.mer­cat­tours.com

2.33pm na­tional mu­seum of scot­land

Spend an af­ter­noon un­cov­er­ing the mys­ter­ies of An­cient Egypt (31 March to 3 Septem­ber) along with other ex­hibits span­ning the his­tory of Scot­land, the worlds of na­ture, art, de­sign, tech­nol­ogy, fash­ion, and sci­ence at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Scot­land. Ad­mis­sion is free. www.nms.ac.uk/na­tional-mu­se­u­mof-scot­land

3.30pm sum­mer­hall

As the United King­dom’s third largest multi-arts cen­tre, Sum­mer­hall, the site of a for­mer brew­ery, is where all artis­tic pur­suits con­verge in Scot­land. Check out its web­site ( www.sum­mer­hall. co.uk) for a com­pre­hen­sive list of ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­hi­bi­tions tak­ing place through­out the year.

8.20pm the gar­dener’s cot­tage

As one of the city’s top tables, The Gar­dener’s Cot­tage makes

AS THE SUN RISES OVER ED­IN­BURGH, TAKE A SHORT WALK UP CAL­TON HILL, WHERE YOU WILL FIND PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE CITY AND THE RIVER FORTH.

for a din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to re­mem­ber and savour. Highly rec­om­mended: the seven-course din­ner menu that show­cases sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents sourced in the area, the dishes of which take on a de­cid­edly gar­den theme.

9.01am ross­lyn chapel

Spend­ing a morn­ing at Ross­lyn Chapel and its sur­round­ing for­est, both of which came to world at­ten­tion in the film The Da Vinci Code, is a jour­ney back in time (to 1446 when the chapel was con­structed).

11.45am yvette jelfs

“I think my hats are de­sir­able be­cause they re­con­nect peo­ple to their hu­man­ity … my clients feel the

pres­ence of the per­son who crafted the ob­ject,” ex­plains milliner Yvette Jelfs. For a made-to-or­der state­ment cre­ation, visit Jelfs at her work­shop in the Na­tional Scot­land Trust build­ing.

2.18pm Arthur’s Seat hike

Writer Robert Louis Stephen­son de­scribed the 251-me­tre Arthur’s Seat as “a hill for mag­ni­tude, a moun­tain in virtue of its bold de­sign,” and it is cer­tainly true that the views are both im­pres­sive and in­spir­ing. The climb takes ap­prox­i­mately 45 min­utes, cov­er­ing ter­rain that is part of a now-ex­tinct vol­cano that erupted 340 mil­lion years ago.

7.20pm The Glasshouse Ho­tel Ed­in­burgh

As the city winds down for the day, re­treat to one of The Glasshouse Ho­tel’s Stu­dio suites with city­fac­ing vis­tas — per­fect for sun­sets.

8.10pm Stock­bridge

For din­ner, head to Stock­bridge, an up­scale neigh­bour­hood with an in­ter­na­tional se­lec­tion of restau­rants and bars in­clud­ing Stock­bridge Res­tau­rant and Purslane, both of which high­light the fresh­est lo­cal in­gre­di­ents.

10.42pm The Snug

Com­plete the evening with a glass of the finest Scot­tish whisky at The Glasshouse Ed­in­burgh’s The Snug.

FOR DIN­NER, HEAD TO STOCK­BRIDGE, AN UP­SCALE NEIGH­BOUR­HOOD WITH AN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SE­LEC­TION OF RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS.

Clock­wise from far left: Na­tional Mu­seum of Scot­land, Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle, Ross­lyn Chapel, The Gar­dener’s Cot­tage and Sum­mer­hall. Fac­ing page from top: Cal­ton Hill and a Scot­tish break­fast at The Brasserie.

COM­PLETE THE EVENING WITH A GLASS OF THE FINEST SCOT­TISH WHISKY AT THE GLASSHOUSE ED­IN­BURGH’S THE SNUG.

Stock­bridge. Fac­ing page clock­wise from top left: Yvette Jelfs millinery, The Snug, Arthur’s Seat and The Glasshouse Ho­tel Ed­in­burgh.

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