Second Most Visited City In The UK
What To Do
1. Edinburgh Castle – Dominates The City’s Skyline (NOT FREE)
Opening Times – 9:30AM – 6PM (Allow at least 2 hours to visit)
You must book online for guaranteed entry
At 1PM everyday, the gun is fired so try be there for that.
Entry fee – £17.50 Adult Ticket
Book Ticket Here – https://www.edinburghcastle.scot/plan-your-visit/tickets
Book this ASAP as it does get booked pretty quick. Choose Thursday, 26th Friday 27th or Saturday 28th as anything before that is fully booked.
2. Walk Along The Royal Mile (Old Town) (FREE)
You can visit anytime
On one end you’ll find the Edinburgh Castle and on the other, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. All along, you’ll walk along a mile of cobbled streets.
There is parking near the Edinburgh Castle but I believe its pay and display
3. Edinburgh Free Tour (FREE – OPTIONAL TIP)
EVERYDAY AT 10AM, 11AM & 1PM
It is a free tour, but people donate or tip at the end however much they like.
Really interesting tour of the Royal Mile & history of Edinburgh but there is some walking involved
4. The Royal Botanic Gardens (FREE)
Opening Times – 10AM – 5PM
This place was founded in 1670 as a place to study medicinal plants but now its used as a tourist attraction. You can see all sorts of plants here which you won’t find elsewhere. There’s more than 13,302 plant species here.
5. Pentland Hills Regional Park (FREE)
15 miles from Leith
You’ll have to drive here
More open and green spaces
Great place to escape and walk around maybe even have a picnic.
7. Edinburgh Zoo (NOT FREE)
Entry Fee – £21.95
You can book when you get there
Opening Times – 10AM – 6PM
8. National Museum of Scotland (FREE)
Opening Times – 10AM – 6PM
Where To Eat (Halal)
Near Nicolson Square Gardens
Has an Indian Menu
Address: 31-33 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX, UK
Hours: Daily, 11:30am – 10pm
Just ask them to ensure that they are fully Halal (I think some stuff on their menu is not Halal)
Address: 63 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BS
Hours: Daily, 12pm – 10pm
Near The Edinburgh Central Mosque
Indian, Pakistani and other Asian cuisines
Tandoori Chicken, Curries & Kebabs
Address: 7 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BH
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 12pm – 12am; Friday to Saturday, 12pm – 1:30am
Kezban Mediterranean Restaurant
9-10 Commercial St, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JA
Opening Times – 12PM – 11PM
With the Halal places, just confirm with them again when you plan to go or just give them a call and confirm if they are Halal. They are advertised as Halal on several websites but they may have certain items on the menu that may not be Halal, so its always useful to check.
If you are okay with a vegetarian menu, you can opt for many restaurants around the city. Just ensure you ask if their food is vegetarian and if you do have fish and chips, ensure that its fried in vegetable oil and not in beef fat.
For breakfast, you can buy your own groceries from any shop/supermarket and make it in the apartment. Or you could simply go out and eat at any restaurant close by to the apartment.
There is a Tesco and Asda there and a Halal supermarket also called Al Kareem Supermarket where you can possibly get Halal meat and chicken if you’d like to cook in the apartment.
Parks To Visit (Just Type Into Google Maps)
- Arthur’s Seat
- Calton Hill
- Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh
- Princes Street Garden
- Holyrood Park
Three Bridges Cruise
Ferry cruise from where you can enjoy panoramic of the Edinburgh skyline to the south and the Kingdom of Fife to the north.
Entry Fee – £16
Book In Advance Online Here – https://www.forthtours.com/cruise/three-bridges-cruise/
The Forth Boat Tours is 1/2 an hour drive from Leith where you guys will be staying, so counter that in.
Parking – You can park at Port Edgar Marina, South Queensferry. It is free if you show that you have a boat trip reserved.
Mosques (Just Type Into Google Maps)
- Edinburgh Central Mosque
- Iqra Academy Edinburgh
- Dar Al-Arqam Mosque
Portobello Beach is probably one of the best beaches in Edinburgh but you can drive along the coast and see if you find any other spots. It can get crowded so its good to be aware of that. But I suppose early in the morning it may not be that bad.
A very large shopping mall with a waterfront view in Leith
Livingston Designer Outlet
Scotland’s Largest Designer Outlet Mall