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
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.
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.