9.30 amStart your day with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, which will take at least 1 hour and a half.
11 amCross Johnston Terrace and head to Castle Hill, go down Upper Bow toward Victoria Terrace. The steps lead to Victoria street. You will pass by some beautiful shops like the shoe shop, and the flee market called Byzantium. From its old tea room you can enjoy the view over the market stands. Alternatively go to the Grassmarket on top of Victoria Street, with eccentric shops and pubs with tables along the sidewalk.
12 amFrom the Grassmarket head to Candlemaker Row. On top on the left stands the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, a terrier who remained in charge of his master’s tomb for 14 years, and it’s the only dog that has received the honorary citizenship. Crossing the street you will get to the New Museum of Scotland. Allow a couple of hours for the visit, including a lunch break at the Tower Restaurant, from where to enjoy a gorgeous view over the Castle. If you prefer a snack, go to the adjacent bar of the Royal Museum of Scotland.
14.15 pmFrom the museum walk along George IV Bridge and have a quick visit at the Scottish Parliament Visitor Centre. When you get to the Royal Mile, turn left into High Street to visit St Giles Cathedral, then go back to the Castle, admiring some of the characteristic lanes which you find along the path. The beautiful Writers’ Museum in Lady stair’s Close (free entry), and Gladstone’s Land, the city residence of a medieval merchant, both deserve a visit. Halfway from Castlehill turn into Ramsay Lane to admire the houses of the Ramsay Garden.
15.30 pmGo down to Mound and visit Princes Street Gardens. You may take a rest at the bar or at the tea room down the crypt inside the church, just after the gardens.
16 pmCross Princes Street until the New Town and turn into Charlotte Street until you reach Charlotte square. The central offices of the National Trust for Scotland are hosted at number 28. Here you can ask information before starting your visit to the Georgian House (at n.7.)
Last admission is at 16.30 pm.
17 pmFrom Charlotte Square head toward the New Town, characterised by some elegant Georgian streets. This charming part of the city deserves more time to be visited. Go down Queen Street, walk through Forres Street until Moray Place. Walk this roundabout clockwise then turn into Darnaway Street, which continues into the elegant Heriot Row. Turn left into India Street until the Royal Circus, then take the first on the right toward Queen Street, along Howe Street. Cross the Queen Street Gardens, turn left into Queen Street, then right toward Hanover Street, go up to Gorge Street, then left toward St Andrew’s square. Cross the square to get to West Register Street and the Café Royal.
20 pmLe Chamertin, inside the Gorge Inter-Continental Hotel, offers a cosy atmosphere, the ideal place to end the day. Alternatively, go to Henderson’s , on the corner with Hanover Street, which offers tasty vegetarian dishes. End your day hanging around the pubs in Rose Street.
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