48 hours

Double-quick Edinburgh!

Double-quick Edinburgh!

If you only have a few days on your hands to enjoy Edinburgh, check out our guide to getting the best out of only 48 or 72 hours.

Arthur’s Seat

Arthur's Seat

Holyrood Park’s highest point is Arthur’s Seat, a dormant volcano, and sits 251m above sea level giving excellent view of the city; it is also the site of a large and well preserved fort. This is one of four 2000 year-old hill forts.

Butterfly & Insect World

Butterfly World

Enter the tropical rainforest paradise and experience a butterfly talk, fish and quail feeding, animal handling and an animal feeding demo. Join the experts and get the chance to handle tarantulas, snakes and millipedes.

Deep Sea World

Deep Sea World

Over 40 displays, including the 4.5-million-litre Underwater Safari with its walkthrough tunnel, are home to hundreds of fascinating creatures, ranging from seals and seahorses to stingrays and giant sand tiger sharks.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

A trip to Scotland’s capital isn’t complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Part of The Old and New Town and standing majestically on top of a 340 million year-old extinct volcanic rock, the castle is a powerful national symbol.

Forth Tours

Forth Tours

Take a relaxing boat trip on the Forth Belle and enjoy unrivalled views of the Firth of Forth and its famous bridges, with Forth Tours. Take in the magnificent views of the Forth Road Bridge and the world-famous Forth Railway Bridge.

Highland Explorer Tours

Highland Explorer Tours

THighland Explorer Tours are dedicated to delivering the very best experiences every day. The tours are designed to make the most of your time in this stunning country and to give you an authentic experience of Scotland.

Highland Tours

Highland Tours

Steeped in history and legend, the Highlands of Scotland are one of the last unspoilt regions of Europe, so let Highland Tours take you on an adventure. Local guides know the lochs and glens like few others.

Military Tattoo

Military Tattoo

The Military Tattoo’s unique ability to bring together thousands of people for this annual celebration of music and entertainment continues and the public’s appetite for pomp and ceremony shows no sign of diminishing.

Museum of Childhood

Museum of Childhood

The Museum of Childhood is a fun day out for the whole family. Young people can learn about the children of the past and see a fantastic range of toys and games, while adults enjoy a trip down memory lane.

Museum on the Mound

Museum on the Mound

The fascinating Museum on the Mound takes a fresh look at money – and much, much more. Art and design, technology, crime, trade and security all feature in the story of money. Admission is free and it is open all year round.

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

Follow the story of Scotland from prehistory to the present day, marvel at a spectacular array of over 800 objects and meet the Scots whose ideas, innovations and leadership took them across the world in the Discoveries gallery.

National War Museum

National War Museum

National War Museum depicts the story of Scotland at war. Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle the National War Museum tells the story of battles lost and won, through military artefacts and personal treasures.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyrood

The Queen is in residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse during Holyrood week, which usually takes place from the end of June to the beginning of July. Today, the Palace is the setting for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens

Founded in the 17th century as a physic garden, The Royal Botanic Gardens extend over four Gardens boasting a rich living collection of plants, and is a world-renowned centre for plant science and education.

Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Take a swirling, bubbling barrel ride through a replica distillery as you become part of the whisky making process. Hear the stories behind this magical craft, with expert tour guides and whisky advisors with you every sip of the way.

Stockbridge Market

Stockbridge Market

Stockbridge Market hosts dozens of independent traders set up market stalls selling local produce, exotic food, artisan drinks as well as handcrafted curios from all over Scotland. Admission is completely free to this Sunday market.

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Edinburgh Royal Yacht Britannia

A great day out for the whole family, all 5 decks of The Royal Yacht Britannia are fully accessible, and complimentary audio guides are available in 27 languages (children have their own version). Open all year round.

Urbane Art Gallery

Urbane Art Gallery

At Urbane Art Gallery you will find an extensive portfolio of artworks by award-winning artists from around the world. The Gallery’s staff work collaboratively with you to source the right work for your space and lifestyle.

Visit Scotland

Visit Scotland

Uncover your Edinburgh by calling into a Visit Scotland Information Centre. Get advice on everything there is to see and do, book accommodation or arrange tickets for events, activities and transport across Scotland.