Edinburgh is the perfect city for solo travel. Whether it’s your first solo trip or you fancy a quick weekend getaway, Edinburgh is delightfully budget-friendly and accessible with most attractions within walking distance of each other so you don’t have to worry about public transport. It’s not just convenience that makes this city so ideal for solo travel, Edinburgh’s beauty makes it a bucket list destination. The city’s skyline rises up in moody spindly rooftops, and dark stone buildings which mould to the shape of the hills they sit on. It’s a place of cosy cafe corners to write in, aimless wandering, and sociable watering holes.
Before I tell you about the best places to visit in Edinburgh for solo travel, here are some quick facts:
Edinburgh has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty. Old Town blends seamlessly with New Town with its well-preserved architecture and winding cobblestone streets.
Edinburgh Castle is built on an extinct volcano and is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny. The Scottish Crown Jewels went missing in 1707 and were discovered over a century later by Sir Walter Scott in 1818 within the castle walls.
Edinburgh has more listed buildings than anywhere else in the world.
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and has a population of 482,005. It’s also the second most visited city in the UK after London.
The city has 112 parks and has more trees per head of population than any other Scottish city.
Getting around Edinburgh is simple, you can go on foot or make use of the city’s bus service that runs throughout the day and night. This includes a regular 24 bus service operated by Airlink100 which runs between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre. You can book tickets for that here.
Edinburgh has wheelchair-friendly trams with WiFi which from York Place in the city centre to Edinburgh Airport. You can book tickets here.
The best time to visit Edinburgh depends on what you’re looking for. The city is packed with visitors during August as the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival is in full swing, in the run-up to Christmas, the city centre is lit up by German Christmas markets and the 3-day New Year’s Eve festival, Hogmanay is celebrated around 30th December to 1st January.
To get to Edinburgh you can fly to Edinburgh Airport and take the Airlink100 bus or tram which typically take 30-35 minutes to arrive at the city centre. The greener option for domestic travellers is the train. An LNER train from London to Edinburgh takes about 4hrs 32 and costs about £35 in advance one way.
From walking tours to museums, Edinburgh is packed with exciting things to do. Check out your perfect Edinburgh solo travel itinerary below:
1. Do a Tour
Tours are like marmite; you either love them or you hate them. Edinburgh is no stranger to tours. In fact, you’re spoilt for choice and they’re far from dull. Tours are useful if you’re a first-time solo traveller or if you only have a short amount of time in the city. There’s one to suit every taste; you can learn about Scottish history and its part in shaping the city we see today. Or if you happen to be thirsty then a whiskey and gin tour is a fun option.
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