Edinburgh on a budget

I hear you. You’re skint, waiting for summer and in need of a get away. Enter Edinburgh.

Ideal for an affordable get away, here’s my go to guide for enjoying Edinburgh on a shoe string.

Where to stay?

Whilst it’s tempting to stay in the city centre, there’s actually some great places to stay just a hop, skip and jump away at a snitch of the price.

I’d recommend the Stockbridge area – a pretty town within the city. This indie focussed area boast amazing independent restaurants, cafes and some pretty great charity shops to boot.

How to get there?

Whilst it’s tempting to get the train – be sure to book in advance as it can be pricey as hell. If you’re looking to drive, be aware that parking could cost as much as your train ticket if you’re in the centre. With this in mind Stockbridge hits the nail on the head again. A 15min wall from Princess Street it’s perfect for finding accommodation with parking.

How to book?

Whilst Air BnB used to be great for finding cheap and nice accommodation, due to its rise in popularity it’s become everyone’s go to. The result? It’s not so cheap anymore.

As such sites like booking.com are offering some amazing deals on hotel accommodation. Seriously we scooped a four star beauty for a great price – and the best bit, we got upgraded to the superior suite too! Whoop, you can’t get that with Air BnB!

Things to do?

If you’re on a budget, there’s plenty to get up to… for FREE!

  • Walk the Royal Mile
  • Head to the Botanical Gardens
  • Go to the National Gallery of Modern Art
  • Visit St Giles Cathedral
  • Head to the National Gallery of Scotland
  • Go up Arthur’s Seat (take your walking boots)
  • Window shop – there are plenty of weird and wonderful shops to enjoy
  • Just literally walk around and take in the sights – it’s beautiful

Where to eat?

We mainly ate in Stockbridge. The prices were reasonable, the food was gorgeous and locally sourced and it was a good opportunity to support independent businesses.

Places that are a must:

  • Cowan and Sons – amazing for a tasty breakfast, brunch or lunch
  • Hectors – chilled out, loads of ales and a cracking pie. Plus really reasonable
  • Pinnies and Poppyseeds

So, for an affordable break, head up to bonnie Scotland lassies.

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