Arrive at Edinburgh Airport
After you've touched down at Edinburgh Airport take a tram into the city centre. Hop off at the Mound and enjoy a short walk through the old town towards Edinburgh Castle.
Breakfast at Caffe Lucano
Caffe Lucano is famed locally for its delicious breakfasts. Watch the world go by as you choose from eggs benedict, breakfast rolls and an array of delicious pastries and great coffee.
There aren't many cities with castles right in the middle of them. A highlight of Edinburgh's tourist trail, it has been a feature of the city's landscape since the 12th century. Be prepared to be wowed by the centuries-old buildings, the views from the castle esplanade that span across the Forth Estuary and the history that awaits you around every corner.
The Royal Mile
Walking down the Royal Mile gives you a real sense of Edinburgh’s fascinating history. As you walk, take note of the stunning St Giles Cathedral, the small lanes, known locally as closes, the cobbled streets and the medieval architecture that cement Edinburgh as a historic town.
Mimi's Picnic Parlour, The Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat
There's too much to cram in to stop for lunch but a trip to Mimi's Picnic Parlour to pick up a gourmet sandwich will more than keep you going for an afternoon of sightseeing. Take your lunch down to Holyrood Park at the bottom of the Royal Mile where you can eat whilst taking in the modern architecture of the Scottish Parliament on one side and extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat, on the other side. If it’s a nice day, climbing Arthur’s Seat will reward you with stunning views across the city.
Robert Louis Stevenson always said that the best views of the city could be found at the top of Calton Hill and he wasn't wrong. From one aspect you can see Fife and beyond and from another, you can see across the city to take in Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh Castle. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s home to many historic monuments and buildings, including the Nelson Monument and the Robert Burns Monument.
Afternoon tea, The Balmoral
After all that walking and climbing you’re sure to have earned a glass of champagne. The Balmoral's Champagne afternoon teas are a local institution and will help you to recharge your batteries for the rest of your busy day.
The Scottish National Gallery or shopping on George Street
If you have a passion for art then you will be in heaven at the Scottish National Gallery which houses arguably one of the best collections of fine art in the world across three interconnecting buildings. Stroll around this peaceful setting and you’ll find masterpieces from Raphael, El Greco, Velazquez and Rubens to Van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne, Degas and Gauguin.
Edinburgh's George Street and Multrees Walk have a host of luxury shops. From LK Bennett and The Kooples to Mulberry and Louis Vuitton, your money won’t be burning a hole in your pocket for very long.
Cocktails on the Forth Floor at Harvey Nichols or wine at The Bon Vivant
Whether you choose to sip your cocktail in the bar or the restaurant, the views from the Forth Floor are spectacular, as are the cocktails. With a fantastic choice of classic and more adventurous tipples, the Forth Floor is the ideal place to relax before dinner. However, if you prefer fine wines then The Bon Vivant on Thistle Street serves up an excellent range of wines in particularly atmospheric surroundings.
Dinner at Timberyard
Since Timberyard arrived on the Edinburgh dining scene a little over a year ago it has been making culinary waves. Ethical, sustainable food is given five-star treatment in this former timberyard. This restaurant is a real highlight on the Edinburgh food scene.
Ceilidh dancing at the Ghillie Dhu
It wouldn't be a trip to Scotland without Ceilidh dancing. Head down to the Ghillie Dhu where a live band will get the crowd going with all of the Ceilidh classics. All you need to do is grab a partner and head for the dance floor.
A place to rest your head
Once you've danced the night away you’ll be in need of a good night's sleep. There are no shortage of great hotels in Edinburgh, such as the new Hilton DoubleTree, which has excellent facilities in the heart of the city centre.