Photo by Leonid Andronov
Photo by Leonid Andronov

Europe on a Euro: Edinburgh

by Mary Del Rosario
Stripes Europe

Edinburgh, Scotland’s hilly capital is a beautiful medieval city that offers rich history, breathtaking attractions and a low-budget trip! Check out this itinerary of wallet-friendly activities to enjoy.       

1. Explore Edinburgh on foot with a walking tour provided by Sandemans. Tours are available daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Although free, tipping is highly appreciated.

2. Bask in the amazing views atop Calton Hill, which is located at the east end of Princes Street. This hill provides an ideal view of Edinburgh, including Arthur’s Seat, New Town and the castle.

3. Pay a visit to the resting place of Edinburgh’s notable residents at Greyfriars Kirkyard, a graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk. Fun fact: Many believe the graveyard is haunted. If you like the thrill, book a spooky tour with Get Your Guide for 16.36 pounds per person.

4. Learn about Scotland’s politics at the Scottish Parliament. Admission is free and free-guided tours are available on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.

5. Stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden, which was originally developed as a learning conservatory for students. Admission to the garden is free, but if you’d like to see the glasshouse, it will cost about 7 pounds. Children under 15 are free.

6. Browse through the Scottish National Gallery, a gallery that houses paintings, sculptures and furniture from the Italian Renaissance to French Impressionism. Entry is free.

7. Stuff your face at Oink Grassmarket, a restaurant that serves Scottish hog roasts in a roll. These sandwiches cost 5 pounds.

8. Live a fairytale at Edinburgh castle, the historic castle that makes the city’s skyline. Admission is 18.50 pounds for adults and 11.50 pounds for children. Tip: Purchase tickets in advance to save money and to guarantee a spot.   

9. Enjoy serenity at the Water of Leith Walkway, a tranquil walkway and cycling path that meanders through the heart of the city. During your walk, you’ll pass by landmarks such as the Royal Botanic Garden, the Union Canal and the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art. 

10. Live life on the edge and climb up Arthur’s Seat, the main peak of several hills on the Edinburgh horizon.  

11. Feast on street food at Stockbridge Market, which is held every Sunday on Saunders Street. From dumplings to paella, it’s rare you’ll find food for more than 5 pounds.

12. Tour St. Gile’s Cathedral, Edinburgh’s main church that is also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh. Entry is free.

13. Become a whiskey expert and tour the Scotch Whisky Experience, where you can try all sorts of scotch. Though you must be 18 to sample, this tour is still family-friendly. Tickets are 16 pounds through Viator, a company that handpicks tours and activities.  

14. Try curried dishes at Mosque Kitchen, a budget-friendly restaurant that specializes in all things curry.

15. Enjoy drinks at Pilgrim, a rustic, industrial looking bar that houses an assortment of affordable craft beers.

Touring Edinburgh doesn’t have to be expensive. With many free tours and attractions, you’ll be sure to have unforgettable memories that can’t be bought! 

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