Edinburgh city breaks — 5 ways to embrace Scotland’s capital




It’s hard to argue that Scotland’s capital Edinburgh isn’t one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

After all, which other metropolis can boast a skyline dominated by a medieval castle perched on a craggy volcanic plug? Not to mention a spectacularly symmetrical neoclassical New Town and historic Old Town with intriguing cobbled streets and winding alleyways.

Edinburgh effortlessly combines old world charm with contemporary sophistication. Its natural scenery stimulates the senses, particularly being a UNESCO City of Literature. A host to the world’s largest arts festival (the Fringe), there’s culture in every nook and cranny.

If a trip to ‘the Athens of the North’ is on your list, here are five ways to embrace Edinburgh.

1. Stay in a chic hotel

Edinburgh accommodation ranges from baroque bedrooms in stately homes to laid-back city center lofts. For a romantic bolthole that’s truly one of a kind, the Witchery by the Castle is a good choice.


Gorgeous Gothic bedrooms with four-poster beds and resplendent red velvet furnishings run throughout this Old Town establishment. 

2. Lunch in luxury

Treat yourself to a kir royale and a light lunch at The Ivy on the Square. Located bang in the middle of the city, it’s a swish, yet relaxed, surrounding for cocktails and people watching.

Edinburgh city breaks — fine dining

The sister restaurant of The Ivy in London, it’s where the beautiful people gather to shoot the breeze. Tuck into delectable dishes like grilled chicken salad with red quinoa and watermelon, while watching the world go by.

Edinburgh bird's eye view - Edinburgh city breaks

The Scottish capital is an ideal spot for a weekend getaway — Edinburgh city breaks


“Edinburgh effortlessly combines old world charm with contemporary sophistication.”

3. Shop till you drop

Edinburgh is blessed by bountiful opportunities for retail therapy. You’ll find familiar high street, as well as, high-end brands along Princes and George Street.

However, for a unique shopping experience on your Edinburgh city break, swing by Multrees Walk.

This plush pedestrianised precinct is home to a range of retailers that’s a who’s who of haute couture. Located just off St Andrew’s Square, big names include Harvey Nichols, Boss, Burberry, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Tesla.

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Shopping choices are aplenty in Edinburgh


4. Party in style

An Edinburgh city break wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the city’s nightlife. A soiree might include drinks in a traditional pub, or champagne in a chic cocktail bar.

Keep the night going by dancing your heart out at one of the many clubs in the city. From EDM and hip-hop, to roots reggae and rock, there’s something for everyone.

But, whatever your plans, start your evening in the stunning surroundings of The Dome in George Street.

The colonnaded façade of this building is beautiful, but the ornate interior is even more eye-catching. Step inside and let one of the resident mixologists mix you up a mean mojito, or a mocktail version.

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The Dome in George Street is one unmissable landmark in Edinburgh

5. Explore by car

If you’re in Edinburgh for a few days, why not take the opportunity to explore nearby towns, villages and landmarks.

Rent a car from Enjoy Travel and hit the road to see locations such as South Queensferry. It’s where you’ll find the magnificent Forth Bridge, which leads to the Kingdom of Fife. Lush green hills, valleys and historical cities like Dunfermline await, as does the culture and charm that comes with it.

St Andrews - Edinburgh city breaks

Take a trip from Edinburgh to the picturesque St Andrew’s

Have you been to Edinburgh? Is there anything else you’d add to the list? Share your own chic Scottish spots in the comments below.

Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Enjoy Travel. It may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that I’ve recommended. Thank you for your support.

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Lisa Rivera

Lisa Rivera



Welcome to my site! I'm Lisa, founder of Following the Rivera. I write primarily for a ‘flashpacker’ audience, a demographic (late 20s onward) that enjoys glamping over camping and staying at boutique/luxury boutique hotels. Flashpackers also like to indulge in the local food and wine, cultural activities, as well as a spot of wellness on their travels. Want to know more? Read on....



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