Best things to do in Edinburgh in 3 days.

Glencoe Scotland - UK

So as the reason to my frequent UK trips have recently surfaced :) ( Thanks for the lovely wishes guys….my Instagram inbox was literally flooded…Xx.Those who’ve just joined in, I’m getting married and moving to the UK…#ExcitedMuch) Right so…the recent trip was with family and we decided to explore more than London this time. While Scotland is huge and I can’t wait to experience it all with my other half, let me tell you, several parts of Scotland are hours away and you may not be able to squeeze it all ( unless you’re not bound by time) In that case the below list is your go to guide to experience the best of Edinburgh in just 3 days.

Things to Do

1)Visit The Royal Yacht Britannia:

This was a refreshing highlight for me! An unusual tourist attraction and an absolute delight living the royal life vicariously. Be prepared to spend a few hours; as every room has plentiful details into the life of the queen and her family on the yacht. P.S. Works for all kinds of groups; be it family, all girls, friends, children too – a massive plus!
Read more about it here: http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/

Edinburgh Scotland

Edinburgh Scotland

The Deck

The Deck

The Living Room - So majestic!

The Living Room – So majestic!

Nautical Knots ! Who knew there were that many

Nautical Knots ! Who knew there were that many

Guest Dining Room

Guest Dining Room

The Queen's Bedroom on The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Queen’s Bedroom on The Royal Yacht Britannia

Sister & Sister from another mister

Sister & Sister from another mister

The Lounge where the Queen often unwound or enjoyed breakfast at the overlooking desk - The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Lounge where the Queen often unwound or enjoyed breakfast at the overlooking desk – The Royal Yacht Britannia

All table placements had to be at the perfect height and distance and hence were made using a ruler ... no really ! #Precision #legit

All table placements had to be at the perfect height and distance and hence were made using a ruler … no really ! #Precision #legit

The Engine Room!! There's something very gorgeous about it, isn't it ?

The Engine Room

Bloodhound - The racing yacht which was bought by TRYB Trust in January 2010

Bloodhound – The racing yacht which was bought by TRYB Trust in January 2010

Wheel House, Royal Yacht Britannia - Edinburgh Scotland

Wheel House, Royal Yacht Britannia – Edinburgh Scotland

 

  • 2) Highland Whiskey tour:
    En route to Loch Lomond we stopped by Deanston Distillery, where we were taken through the process of whiskey making followed by a tasting. A good one to cross of your list if you’ve been on a wine tour and a beer factory ( just realised I sound like quite an alcoholic). An educational experience for pretty much anyone who enjoys drinking. AED 75 pp at the distillery. Prices vary if you buy tickets as a part of a tour that includes transport.
Deanston Distillery Scotland

Deanston Distillery Scotland

River Teith, where the distillery uses water from to make their whiskey.

River Teith, where the distillery uses water from to make their whiskey.

The final process ...Deanston Scotland

The final process …Deanston Scotland

Whiskey Casks - Deanston Distillery

Whiskey Casks – Deanston Distillery

  • 3) Experience driving through a painting AKA do a road trip to the highlands:
    This is a beautiful experience and you must definitely allocate an entire day to it (or at least 6 hours). Our aim was to get to Glencoe and en route; every road, village and field was unbelievably picturesque and green. Our main destinations were Loch Lomond and Glencoe although we also did a quick tour of Oban on the way back (a cute town we halted at for dinner). We legit felt like little characters inside a story book. I even trespassed a field (which btw….had PINK GRASS!! ) in my failed attempt to hold a baby sheep, but boy are they fast or what!!? Anyhow…..my point is – rent a car, turn on the road trip playlist and enjoy your drive to the Scottish Highlands.
The field with pink grass and sheeps that I couldn't get hold of

The field with pink grass and sheeps that I couldn’t get hold of

Glencoe

Glencoe

Loch - Scotland

Loch – Scotland

Loch Lomond Scotland - Scottish Highlands

Loch Lomond Scotland – Scottish Highlands

Loch Lomond - Scottish Highlands

Loch Lomond – Scottish Highlands

  • 4) Quick City Tour on the Hop on Hop off:
    Unless you’re really keen on shopping the highstreet (on Prince’s street) or into some serious Scottish goodies (Shortbread cookies & kilts on the Royal Mile) a quick hop on bus experience that makes its way through these primary streets and the castle is good enough. Personally for me, exploring cathedrals and castles is low on the list; so a hop on tour gives me just the right flavor of the city in a snap and allows me to allocate more hours towards other activities I enjoy more.
  • 5) Spend a night at the Balmoral:
    This century old hotel is a very special building, it started off as a station hotel and later got refurbished into the 5 star Balmoral. Located in the heart of Edinburgh  – Prince’s street, its clock has always remained 2 minutes fast to make sure travellers don’t miss their train – thoughtful much. Needless to say you’ll end up shelling out a few extra £££ than budgeted but it’s definitely worth experiencing the ancient architecture and luxury for a night.If spending a night seems difficult to accommodate in your group and/or budget, maybe try a spa treatment (The indoor pool is amazinggggg )  and the Michelin Star Restaurant- Number One. If you’re doing a domestic flight, just hop on to the tram located outside the airport and it takes you right outside The Balmoral tram station.

    Balmoral Edinburgh

    Balmoral Edinburgh

    Yup that's edible - Number One at The Balmoral

    Yup that’s edible – Number One at The Balmoral

    What a piece of art - Number One at The Balmoral

    What a piece of art – Number One at The Balmoral

  • 6) Do a Pub Crawl & Cassino:
    I really regret not doing this! Now I don’t quite know how the Edinburgh pub crawl compares to some popular ones in Prague, Budapest, etc, but it sure looked like a fun thing to do. Instead; I gave into some warm comforting food and sliding in bed most nights, but you don’t be like me okay!

Where to Stay

  • For a Luxury Experience: The Balmoral on Prince’s Street
  • For groups of 6 -8 pax: AirBNB – Highly recommend this particular one, we had a beyond flawless experience staying here. Massive flat with 3 full bathrooms –https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16142445
  • Any cheap & cheerful hotel on Prince’s street i.e. central Edinburgh – I saw Mercure Hotel on the perfect location but did not stay there so can’t talk about the experience.

What to Eat

  • Fried Mars Bar – A local speciality available at most Fish & Chips cafes- £2-3
  • Dine at Number One – Michelin star restaurant at The Balmoral, make sure its on a weekend or else you lose out on ‘vibes’
  • Best Indian food in Edinburgh ( AND….Guess What?!?!……..a BYOB) – Khushi was PACKED at absolutely any time, their food was brilliant and I saw plenty of non-Indians savouring it too – Read again  – BYOB!!

 

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