Hotel du Vin & Bistro

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11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ, United Kingdom
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2.5 days in Edinburgh

by sneakye

Hi Everyone,

My friend and I will be visiting December from the 26th - 29th December this year.

We really only have the 27th - 28th full days and then till about 1pm on the 29th until we have to fly back to London.

We've never been to Edinburgh before, and I was wondering if you think we should take those entire 2.5 days to explore the city, or whether you think that a half day / full day tour of other parts of country side (ie the Highlands / Loch Ness) might be a good idea?

Re: 2.5 days in Edinburgh

by cubsur

You could easily spend 2.5 days in Edinburgh. Remember that you will be there in the middle of winter and it will quite likely be cold and wet and that it gets dark up there from around 330pm until around 830am.

Loch Ness for example is about 3.5 hours drive from Edinburgh, so think carefully if you would rather spend a long time on the road and coming back in the dark!

Re: 2.5 days in Edinburgh

by hawkhead

Take the full 2.5 days in Edinburgh. There's plenty to do and see. Good point about the hours of daylight. Remember warm clothing. Not sure what happens about the holidays this year - as Christmas Day is on a Friday, thus Boxing Day is on a Saturday, which probably means that Monday, 28th is the holiday. So you might want to investigate the opening hours of anywhere that you particularly want to visit e.g. Castle......

Re: 2.5 days in Edinburgh

by sfdodger

It really depends on what you like doing. If me I would take the train up to St. Andrews for the day. Nothing special about Loch Ness and I don't understand the appeal.

Re: 2.5 days in Edinburgh

by iaint

Depending on what's open/closed on account of holidays, Edinburgh will occupy you for 2.5 days. If you find some sights are to be closed, that might be when to think of a tour.

I went to Loch Ness that time last year, and it was spectacular. Cold, frosty, sunny, fog around the hills. But yes, dark at 3.30!

Re: 2.5 days in Edinburgh

by clivedinburgh

Although Edinburgh it not a large city, there is plenty to keep you occupied in the couple of days you have. A trip to the highlands will take up at least a day and would mean long journey times in a coach. Glasgow is only 45 minutes away by train and is worth the trek if you're into shopping.

Re: 2.5 days in Edinburgh

by Bigmac52

Loch Ness / Inverness is too far away from Edinburgh to do in a day and anyway Inverness is now a city which has grown way too big and as a result lost it's character.

Plenty to see / do in Edinburgh - Castle / Royal Mile/ Arthur's Seat / Holyrood Park, Dungeon Tour etc

Word of warning - The ever - efficient Scottish Executive have given the contract for the Trams to an Independent Company ( due to finish by 2014 ) and the curren road sysem in and around Edinburgh is absolute chaos - no thought whatsoever for contingency plans in the inteim.

Great city !!
Have Fun !!


Travel Tips for Edinburgh

friendly people

by dotshand

generally people in edinburgh are friendly and are quite happy to answer a tourist question, if you cannot understand their accent, because we can speak a bit quickly just ask them to slow down, its not a problem,.but please,please, if you are in the city centre ask where the castle is, some tourist ask where it is, i really dont know what expect but it will be right in front of you

Edinburgh Tip

by StirCrazy

I always get a buzz out of travelling over the Firth of Forth, heading south towards Edinburgh. I guess I just like the spectacular sight of the road and rail bridges.... well, that's when you can see them through the grey mist or rain!! Oh, and I no longer believe (as I did when I was younger) that the train goes up and over this rather unusually shaped railway bridge!!!

People are too nice to...

by kiely

People are too nice to everyone . And the social security is so good that you don't even have to worry about losting your things in the pubs , clubs or everywhere . 99% of the losting stuffs will be sent back to you if you have an address in your coat or wallets . If not , you will be able to find them in the local police station without any lost .

Walk across the river bed

by Bushman23

At certain times of the day (generally twice a day), you can walk across the river bed to Crammond Island. There may not be much to see on the island, but its pretty cool being able to walk across the sandy (muddy) river bed at low tide. just dont get stuck there!!
The island is of the coast of Crammond, North of the city center.

Shopping on Princes Street

by Nemorino about Jenners

Jenners is a traditional department store on Princes Street, with a large skylight and an open interior court in the middle.

They say they have been at this exact location on Princes Street since 1838, and that the current building is over 100 years old. They used to pride themselves on being an independent, family-run organiz(s)ation, but now they seem to have been bought up by a big chain just like everybody else.


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Address: 11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ, United Kingdom