There are certain types of activities to do and places to see at certain times of day or night when you travel to a new city. If you happen to visit Edinburgh on a weekend, you can read in our article about the things that you can do there from dawn till night; then decide yourself, whether Edinburgh is a smart choice for a one day trip or not.

Princess Street Gardens
Good morning! A morning should start with a cheering activity at daybreak. Princess Street Gardens that separate the Old Town from the New Town is ideal for a walk in fresh air. In these landscaped gardens that stretch along Princess Street under the shadow of the Edinburgh Castle, you will feel like a local as you walk around the sculptures and flowers. A deep swamp called Nor’ Loch, which was drained in the 19th century, used to take place right here on the valley where these beautiful gardens are located now. As soon as you enter the gardens, go to see the flower clock, which was made in 1903 and its design is changed every year. This place is frequented with people who enjoy the sun while reading a book lying on the lawn, having a picnic, or sipping coffee sitting at a cafe. Although, this place is enjoyable the most during the morning hours, it offers a very different experience at sunset as you watch the changing colors over the stone structures of the castle and the old town.

Scott Memorial
Are you ready for the first mesmerizing scene of the day? As you are thinking ‘There’s no rose without a thorn,’ you might already be even climbing up the 287 steps. The gigantic, gothic, pointy tower strikes you immediately. The landscape of the town from the top is unforgettable. You can make sure that it is worth spending your energy. While you are climbing up the steps of the Scott Memorial, you can stop at different flights to catch your breath and enjoy the different views. The exterior of the structure that was built in 1832 with the contributions of the populace in the memory of author Sir Walter Scott is decorated with 64 embossments depicting the characters from his novels. The top is really going to be topping all the landscapes that you have seen by now. The structure had become the largest memorial built for a writer in the world when it was complete in 1846.

Edinburgh bus tours
Edinburgh bus tours that depart in front of the Scott Memorial on the Waverly Bridge are advantageous for those who would like to learn the characteristic features of the city at once. Do not throw away your ticket because you will need it both when you need to get on the bus again from another stop during the day and to receive some discounts on some entrance fees.

Scottish national galleries
An important post-impressionist European art collection from the Renaissance art is exhibited in this classic building dating from 1850 with its ionic pillars, porches, pentagon rooms with red walls and green carpets. Titian, Da Vinci, Raphael, Vermeer, Monet, Degas, Constable, Turner, and Cezanne are among the artists whose works take place at the exhibition. The masterpieces by these great artists whom left their marks on art history and other great works by prominent artists exhibited in the magnificent buildings of the national galleries that consist of the Scottish Royal Family building and the Scottish National Gallery building are worth seeing.

Lunch at the Elephant House
It’s been told that this place was where JK Rowling wrote the first novels in the Harry Potter series, as she was sitting down hunched over her computer while sipping her coffee. This café famous with their teas and cakes located on the George IV Bridge is popular among both the tourists and the locals.

Greyfriar’s Bobby
This is the most famous photo spot in the city. He is the beloved resident and the symbol of the city: Greyfriar’s Bobby. The Skye Terrier dog became famous after his owner’s death, police officer John Gray. The dog began to guard his grave located in Greyfriar’s Kirkyard when he was two years old and carried this on until his own death at the age of sixteen. The dog that also became the symbol of love and loyalty became even more famous with the Disney productions and books. You can see crowded tourist groups around the statue any time of the day. Bobby’s grave is located behind the statue, marked with a pink granite headstone right after the entrance of the Greyfriars Kirkyard. His leash is exhibited in the Edinburgh Museum.

National Museum of Scotland
You should see the National Museum of Scotland right across the road. It would be the best way to discover Scottish history thanks to its collection that honors the culture, history, and people of the country. The panorama of the city from the terrace with a garden is magnificent.

Scottish parliament
In 2005, the Queen inaugurated the Scottish Parliament Building that was built on a place where a beer factory used to stand. When viewed from the Salisbury Rocks, it represents ‘a flower blossomed in the Scottish soil.’ Although, Catalan architect Miralles believed in that a building could be a work of art all by itself, the people of Edinburgh had found it meaningless and complicated. The strange designs on the exterior, shapeless windows of the west wall, asymmetrical panels on the front façade that give the impression of curtains drawn apart almost symbolize a transparent government. Your bus ticket is going to be useful once again here to go to the parliament building. The center of the government is in Holyrood. Despite the arguments on the funds spent in the construction of the building, this place is a-must see in the aspect of architecture. If there is a session, you can watch what is going on in the parliament as you sit in the gallery open to public.

Edinburgh Castle
The icon of the city Edinburgh Castle is located to dominate the city. You can see the castle from many points in the city. The last entrance to the castle is 5pm and if you happen to prefer that time to enter, you will get the chance to view the city at nightfall, as well as the chance to skip the crowds. The castle, which its importance kept increasing gradually beginning from the 11th century, is highly impressive with its magnificent look, towers, dungeons, and bastions. It was used for military purposes for the last time in 1745. It had been the most important head quarter of the British army in Scotland until the 1920s. Today, it is among the popular touristic landmarks of Scotland. The oldest structure of Edinburgh, St. Margaret Church dating from the 12th century, is located in the castle. In addition, the Scottish royal crown, scepter, and sword are exhibited in the castle along with visuals and commentary that explains history of the castle. The castle was the most important defense factor for protection against the campaigns between Britain and Central Scotland from the 1st and 2nd centuries until 1745. It is possible to say that the existence of Edinburgh was depending on this castle. If you’d like to see everything there, you should go earlier or in the morning.

Shopping which is a bit classic and a bit modern! Jenners, which is known as the “Harrods of North” is among the largest department stores of the town. Keeping its location since the day it was first opened in 1838, Jenners is open until 8 pm on Thursdays.

The Dome
The number of the award winning restaurants in town is not small. They offer different flavors to make everyone happy. The Dome is a famous bar and restaurant which is located on George Street, at the center of the New Town in Edinburgh.

Guided ghost tour
As the darkness falls, there comes the time to discover the dark side of Edinburgh. Guided ghost tours offer a very different kind of experience to their participants. The Town Assembly, dating from the 18th century, is settled on the ruins of the Mary King Graveyard Passage. The lower sections of this old medieval city’s roads have been existed for 250 years without a change among these foundations. This hair-raising labyrinth gives striking clues about the daily life in Edinburgh during the 17th century. Guides wearing costumes take you to see the 16th century houses and the place where a gravedigger who lived in the 17th century, which smelt of death because of the plague, used to live. As you learn about the Old Town’s history on one hand, you live a gruesome experience as you walk through the dark underground archways and graveyards on the other. Mercat Tours and The Real Mary King’s Close are among the best tours.

North Bridge
Another great view is from the North Bridge. It is possible to view the glittery landscape of the Old Town and the New Town at night from the North Bridge located between the Scotsman and Balmoral Hotels, which are among the most magnificent buildings of the city. You can also see Jenners, the Edinburgh Castle, the Scott Memorial, and the National Gallery that you visited during the day.

Arthur’s Seat
First, dress warmly! You need to make some effort to reach the magical scenery of Arthur’s Seat! It will definitely be worth it. Arthur’s Seat is among the most significant parts of the Edinburgh strip. The best way to climb the 252 meters high dormant volcano that takes place right in the middle of the town is to go to Dunsapie Loch by a cab and climb for 30 minutes from there. Climbing is not so hard. Climbing from Holyrood to the summit might take 45 minutes. This rocky summit is going to give you the feeling of embracing the city from every direction. The sunrise over Edinburgh is going to be one of the unforgettable moments of your marathon in this city.