Essential Edinburgh Walks
Edinburgh has always been one of my favorite cities in Europe, not to mention the world. I adore the town’s architecture and flair for the dramatic, set off by Edinburgh Castle, sitting formidably atop the city.
Edinburgh, like most of my favorite cities, is a city best discovered on foot. Here are some of my favorite walks of Edinburgh.
It may be the main street of Edinburgh, but that doesn’t make it any less appealing to me! The Royal Mile is where you find most of the attractions in Edinburgh. Start your day at Edinburgh Castle, then hit up the Camera Obscura and the Scotch Whisky Experience, the latter if it’s to your taste.
Next, take a shot of the view with the ocean in the distance before walking all the way down the hill, stopping in each pub, café, or shop that catches your interest before ducking into Bene’s for some of the best fish & chips in Edinburgh and polishing it off with a deep-fried Mars bar.
Water of Leith
When you want to get away from the crowds, the Water of Leith is the perfect spot. This winding path will take you through monuments alongside the gentle river, showing you the quiet side of this dynamic city. Take in the beautiful houses and the natural Scottish beauty.
The journey will take you to the Scottish National Gallery of Art – the perfect place to warm up with a cup off coffee and bowl of soup before exploring the exhibits. If you’re lucky, you’ll have experienced four seasons by the end of your walk.
In the middle of the Royal Mile, veer off to the side and you’ll find my favorite street in Edinburgh: Victoria Street. Curvy and steep, this street is filled with adorable little shops and cafes, plus a cheese shop that you can smell approximately a mile away. It’s beautiful to photograph and it leads you to the Grassmarket and more destinations within the Old Town – that always makes me happy to visit.
Fancy trying out these walks? Ibis hotels have a number of new hotels open to try out in Edinburgh, perfect way to relax after a busy day strolling around the city.