Today the Sykes Cottages blog sees the perfect itinerary for those taking a trip to Edinburgh. Taking in some of the most famous spots in the city as well as a stop off point for a tasty lunch, it’s perfect for those visiting the Scottish capital, so take a look and see which attractions you fancy paying a visit.
National Gallery of Scotland
We’re going to kick off the day at the National Galleries. Situated on The Mound, right in the heart of Edinburgh, it houses Scotland’s National Collection of fine art, from the renaissance all the way through to present day masterpieces. Amongst the collection, you’ll be able to set your eyes on famous pieces by the likes of Titian, Rembrandt, Raphael and Botticelli, amongst a whole host of other celebrated artists.
Lunch at the Elephant House
Then if you’re feeling peckish you’ll want to head down to the Elephant House. Not too far from the National Galleries – it’s about a 10 minute walk – the coffee shop is perhaps most famous for its much publicised connection with Harry Potter. The Elephant House used to be a favourite haunt of J.K Rowling when she lived in Edinburgh and was where she wrote a good portion of the early books. They might not serve up chocolate frogs or butterbeer but it’s well worth a visit for a lunchtime refuel.
Now let’s be honest, no day out in Edinburgh would be complete without a trip up to the castle. Again it’s just a 10 minute walk from the previous stop off, but this time your route takes in the sights of the famous Royal Mile. The castle itself boasts being the country’s most visited tourist attraction with the crown jewels, the stone of destiny and of course the one o’clock gun drawing in countless visitors.
Once you’re done at the castle you’ll want to head on over for an afternoon at Edinburgh Zoo. It’s a fair distance out from the city centre so you might want to take a taxi if you don’t have your car with you, but it’s well worth the journey! Amongst the zoo’s main attractions are the famous pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang and, of course, the ever popular penguin parade!
So there you have it, the perfect itinerary for a solo day out in Edinburgh. We hope that you have a great time exploring the beautiful city, and we’d love to see some holiday snaps if you happen to take any whilst you’re out and about – just share them over Facebook or Twitter!