7 days in Edinburgh Itinerary

7 days in Edinburgh Itinerary

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— 6 nights


Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rosslyn Chapel and Bamburgh Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Glenturret Distillery and St Andrews Links. Change things up with these side-trips from Edinburgh: St Aiden Beach (in Bamburgh), Berwick upon Tweed (Cocklawburn Beach & Chain Bridge Honey Farm) and St Andrews West Sands Beach (in St. Andrews). There's still lots to do: walk around Holyrood Park, kick back and relax at Thorntonloch Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kingsbarns Beach, and explore the activities along Coldingham Sands.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Andrews, Bamburgh, Berwick upon Tweed, Thorntonloch Beach, The Glenturret Distillery
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St Aiden Beach ©
St Aiden Beach
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle