A last minute hop from Dublin to Edinburgh. I spent 3 nights & 3 days in the medieval city during the festive period. Less than an hour flight from Dublin to Scotland, if you live in Ireland or anywhere in the Uk its a no brainer !
Follow the instructions below to find out exactly what I got up to & also important tips to make your trip to Edinburgh much smoother.
Like always, please link in with my created Google City Map here, to help you navigate the city based on my schedule https://drive.google.com/open?id=1UAtqJnT_V5NfiIeWwAn_w8OkFP7m83vT&usp=sharing
- We decided to fly Ryanair to Edinburgh because the flight time was so short from Dublin. When we were booking we paid roughly €35 Return from Dublin to Edinburgh. I have seen flights to the city for as little as €20 return. Why not head over and book your trip right now > https://www.ryanair.com/ie/en/
- After a very short flight time we arrived in Edinburgh City where we jumped straight onto the bus Airlink 100 at Stance D. This city bus can be found literally outside the main doors to the airport and to the left. Tickets can be purchased there also at a kiosk for less than £8 for a return ticket. The bus takes 20 minutes to get to Waverly Bridge, which is just off the main street Princes Street.
- Given our late flight we decided to keep the night simple; Check into our hostel and find a local bar for a nice drink to toast our arrival, we visited the famous spook-tastic rock bar The Banshee Labyrinth. This haunted bar hosts movie night, live music and more.
Where did we stay; Kickass Hostel Grassmarket. We decided to opt for a hostel experience as we really wanted to feel that buzz that a hotel just couldn’t offer. The hostel has a range of options from super cheap dorm, to private double rooms and also our choice private pods. A unique experience that offered a little more privacy than your average dorm and still with the incredible cheap prices. Highlights of the hostel include deadly location, right in the heart of the city beside all the major tourist destinations and bars. They also do the BEST veggie haggis breakfast for only £2.95 with a coffee/tea. We met amazing people here thanks to their hosted nights, we joined the Pub Crawl (Will talk more about this below) The only downside to any hostel experience is that the rooms are SOOOO HOT, but nothing new there. You can book a dorm bed here for as little as £15 a night depending when you book, our pods were slightly higher and well worth it. Follow the link here to book a stay with Kickass Hostel in Grassmarket Edinburgh; https://kickasshostels.co.uk/
*Thank you to Kickass Hostel for upgrading us from a dorm to private pod.
As mentioned above myself & Mollie kicked off our epic sister weekend in Edinburgh with The Veggie Haggis at our Hostel, I had to mention it a second time because it was THAT GOOD. I had it both mornings, it as epic.
The HAGGIS that was so nice we ordered it twice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- We wandered around the sandstone buildings and graveyards of Greyfriars Kirkland. The feel is so authentic walking around and it was the perfect way to start our morning, we also visited the famous Greyfriars Bobby Statue while there (It’s a dog statue, so we had to)
- The oldtown is a must, where you can visit cool sites like The Scott Monument and St Giles Cathedral, and move onto the shopping destination Victoria Street.
- After all that walking we spent a magical afternoon at The National Scottish Museum (Free Entry) If you visit Edinburgh this is a MUST SEE place, as accurately described on their website ‘A world of wonder’. They have everything from art collections, a beautiful rooftop view over looking the city, Scottish history, a giant T-Rex skeleton, a cloned sheep and interactive music and tech experiences. They also have a huge space exhibition with beautiful gem stones and minerals. I’ve genuinely never had so much fun at a museum before, even though ive been to many.
- As the sun set myself and Mollie enjoyed copious amounts of hot Glühwein (German Mulled Wine) with a dash of cherry brandy or amaretto at The Edinburgh Christmas Market. The markets run from the 16th of Nov to the 4th of January. We spent hours here, and revisited every day until our departure.
By Night – We decided we would sign up to our Hostels local pub crawl for £5 pound. This included our LOVELY local guide with lots of knowledge, a few shots along the way and the chance to meet lots of new people, and that we did. The night had everything from card games, beer pong, live music, dancing and more. What I loved more than anything is that most of our group were late 20’s/ 30’s and from all over the world, not just a group of messy teenagers (just messy adults who love to travel). I wish I could remember all the places we visited, but you know yourself ! You’ll find out more about The Kickass Hostel events on their web here; https://kickasshostels.co.uk/
This was a little bit of a write-off day (Hangover from hell) After taking on a pub-crawl the night before, my advise is to take it easy. We attempted to be productive, which lead to a lot of aimless walking around going nowhere. Even with all my epic planning !
- Edinburgh Castle (£20 entrance fee)
- Hollyrood House Palace (£15 entrance fee)
- We also took a walk to Leith to catch the waterfront views, maybe it was the hangover but I found this the least exciting part of the trip.
By Night – After a long day of mostly being useless, comedy was needed. One simply cannot visit Edinburgh without getting a dose of their world class comedy nights. Our choice of venue was Monkey Barrel Comedy for their comedian battle show night. On the night guests could pay whatever they thought the show was worth. The usual entrance fee is something ridiculous like £3 or £4 … With that in mind, comedy nights in Edinburgh are affordable for those even on a shoestring budget.
We all finished the night at one of the towns most popular local destination for a cocktail called Paradise Palms.
- Our last day was filled with so much promise, mostly because we both had a clear head and no hangover.
- First stop of the day was the picturesque scenery of Dean’s Village, a 19th century Bucolic Village, which is located along the walk way following the water to Leith. We decided to follow it in the opposite way, which brought us up to The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Edinburgh doesn’t have just one modern art gallery, it has two – Modern 1 (Free admission) & Modern 2 (Entrance fee). Which are located right across the street from each other. Myself & Mollie were so delighted to have the opportunity to experience the Paula Rego exhibition, as we both share a hue love of art thanks to our Mam Susan. It was a pretty special exhibition, one of the best i have ever been to due to the variety of her work and the sheer volume. We also had the chance to catch local artist Katie Paterson’s work on display, which i had a lot of fun photographing below.
By Night – Our flight was due to take off by 9.25pm, we had an aim to leave Edinburgh by Airlink 100 back to the airport for 7pm. Before that we really wanted to mark our last day by doing some really lovely things, including a gorgeous evening in The Bon Vivant for cocktails over candlelight. We also visited another cool spot called Hoot The Redeemer which was just around the corner.
The top places we ate in Edinburgh
Starting with the best
- Ting Saboteur Vietnamese – Make sure to order a Vietnamese Egg Coffee after your dinner, the most unusually amazing rich & sweet drink !
- Café Modern One – The café in Edinburgh’s main Modern Art Gallery. This was an accidental lunch, but the quality was out of this world. Both healthy and indulgent, which is a weird dichotomy.
- Maki & Ramen (We found this by mistake trying to get cover from the rain)
- Clam Shell – This local fish and chip shop is a must, don’t forget to order a Deep Fried Mars Bar too. An experience; I shall say no more.
- Ting Thai Caravan – Very cool spot, with great food. Not quite as good as Ting Saboteur in my opinion.
I write this blog for the absolute fun of it, mostly because I ADORE travel and love creating unique travel itineraries. I’m so very conscious of always sounding overly positive and not critical enough. I’m 90% sure that I say every where I go is amazing (except Brussels, sorry Brussels) Edinburgh genuinely is LEGENDARY ! Short and cheap flights from Ireland. Local people who are just as sound as The Irish. Fun, culture and laughs to be had all over the city. It was made extra special to be there with my little sister Mollie too.
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