3 days in Edinburgh Itinerary

3 days in Edinburgh Itinerary

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Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melrose Abbey and Holyrood Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rosslyn Chapel and National Wallace Monument. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Abbotsford House (in Melrose), The Kelpies & The Helix (in Falkirk) and Linlithgow Palace (in Linlithgow). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, steep yourself in history at Georgian House, and appreciate the history behind Scott Monument.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh route planning tool .

If you are flying in from Japan, the closest major airports are Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. July in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Melrose, Rosslyn Chapel, Linlithgow Palace, National Wallace Monument
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Melrose Abbey ©
Melrose Abbey
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Abbotsford House ©
Abbotsford House