With great rail links, cheap flights and an easy-to-get-around compact size, Edinburgh is a brilliant city to visit when you want to get away from your routine but you can’t take any time off work. It’s perfectly possible to arrive on Friday night and leave on Sunday feeling like you’ve enjoyed a brilliant break and thoroughly recharged your batteries. Here’s how…
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these boxes well and truly ticked. Edinburgh’s a city that stays up
late, particularly at the weekend, so there’s no need to worry that
you’ll only be arriving in time for a quick drink and then bed.
Even if you don’t fancy hitting the clubs after your journey, most
of Edinburgh’s pubs are open until at least midnight, meaning
you’ll have time to unpack, head out for something to eat and then
find a table somewhere welcoming to unwind over a well-deserved round
or two of Friday night drinks.
Edinburgh’s a shopper’s paradise, so after breakfast, head out to George Street to browse the best in high end retail. After that, make a beeline for the parallel Princes Street for the best of the high street. At lunchtime, if it’s a sunny day, buy some drinks and sandwiches and chill out in Princes Street Gardens. If not, choose from one of the plentiful cafés and restaurants to refuel for round two of shopping in the afternoon. Let your afternoon wanders take you to the upmarket Multrees Walk shopping area and on to the adjacent St James’s Centre, which is home to John Lewis. Then it’s back to the hotel to examine your purchases and have a well-deserved nap.
Edinburgh has a thriving bar and restaurant scene so you’ll be spolit for choice when planning your evening entertainment. If you fancy a special meal out, make sure you book in advance. Angels & Bagpipes, Centotre and Fisher’s are all popular choices for people out to spoil themselves. For a pre-dinner cocktail in sophisticated surroundings try Tiger Lily on George Street or Bramble Bar on Queen Street. These are great places to return to after you’ve eaten but if you fancy a traditional pub atmosphere, The Baillie or The Pear Tree are both Edinburgh institutions that are guaranteed to be buzzing on Saturday night.
Grab a bit of brunch then see a bit of the city before it’s time to head home. If last night’s excesses make the thought of a long walk unappealing, take the easy option and opt for a bus tour around the city. This is an excellent, effort-free way to see the best of Edinburgh’s tourist attractions – if there’s time you can even jump off and see any that pique your interest in more detail.
That’s it – time to head to the airport or train station and the realities of Monday morning, happy in the knowledge that you really have made the most of your weekend.
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