For a city break that ticks all the boxes, put Edinburgh at the top of your list next time you fancy escaping the daily grind for a few days away. Large enough to exude the excitement and bustle of a big city, but small enough to be able to get your bearings quickly so that you can get on with the serious business of relaxing and unwinding, Edinburgh’s got it all. Book a Travelodge for a great value room in a central location, ensuring you won’t have to set foot in a car, taxi or tram the whole time you’re there – unless you really want to!
All the best shopping in Edinburgh is to be found in the heart of this compact capital city. Traditionally Princes Street was the premium shopping street and while it’s still a great retail destination for high street chains like M&S, Debenhams and Topshop, the parallel George Street is the place to head for high end high street names like Mint Velvet, Whistles, Space NK and Anthropologie. At the east end of George Street, it’s just a quick skip across St Andrew’s Square to the upscale Multrees Walk shopping development, where you’ll find Harvey Nichols, Mulberry, Michael Kors and more luxury goodies.
Eating and Drinking
Edinburgh’s one of those great cities that’s full of excellent pubs, cafés and bars on almost every street corner, meaning it’s perfectly possible to be spontaneous and stop for drinks or a bite to eat as and when the fancy takes you. Frederick Street, Castle Street and Hanover Street, all of which cut through Princes Street and George Street, are excellent options when you’re on the lookout for somewhere to reboot your batteries. Try Frederick’s Coffee House for one of the best cups of coffee in town. If glamorous bars and cool restaurants are your thing, head to George Street. Amarone is a particularly delicious option for a fantastic modern Italian meal in stylish surroundings.
Edinburgh may be a hilly city but the good news is, if you pack some comfortable flats, you can cover most of its best tourist attractions on foot without feeling too exhausted at the end of the day. The magnificent, historic castle dominates the skyline wherever you are. To get to it, climb the Playfair Steps off Princes Street to make your way up to the Royal Mile. Choose to go inside the castle or just admire its splendour from the outside, before meandering all the way down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament, stopping off at the pub or restaurant of your choice on the way. The Scott Monument is also conveniently located in Edinburgh’s garden-in-the-city, Princes Street Gardens. There’s no lift, so you’ll have to work hard to reap the rewards of the fantastic views, but after all that exercise, you’ll have more than earned a slap up dinner!