If you’re given only 24 hours in Edinburgh, what would you do? If Bath is your favourite, I think you’ll like Edinburgh too! Why not? Before I start traveling within the United Kingdom, I thought places other than London are not well developed and boring. Well, this idea kind of disappeared after I started my backpack life in the United Kingdom. I used to like to travel to a busy city like London, but my backpack life had changed the entire perspective on my life and I began to embrace the nature in life instead of focusing on the materialistic lifestyle.

How to get here?

Flight – Cheapest flight at GBP 75.00, 1.10 hr (Round Trip Bristol – Edinburgh, EasyJet)
Bus – Cheapest fare at GBP 39.30, 10.50 hr (Round Trip Bristol – Edinburgh, National Express)
Train – Cheapest flight at GBP 260.00, 5.52 hr (Round Trip Bristol – Edinburgh, Virgin Train)

Public Transport in Edinburgh

Lothian buses and First Scotland East are the main bus operators in Edinburgh. I would recommend you to buy a day pass from Lothian because Lothian buses cover more roads than First bus, a city zone day pass from Lothian is around GBP 4.00, airport zone day pass is around GBP 9.00.

One day in Edinburgh


The Elephant House (Breakfast) – GBP 6.95

YAS! This is the place where JK Rowling wrote her books – Harry Potter, the birthplace of Harry Potter! A really nice ambiance cafe but their food is average to normal (kind of disappointing). Please go into the toilets (even if you don’t feel like using it), go in there you’ll see the toilets are full of Potterheads! A side note, ladies’ room has more things to see compared to the gentlemen’s.

Greyfriars Kirkyard – Visit Lord Voldemort’s Grave

We were looking for the Voldemort’s grave for nearly half an hour, at some point, we ever thought of giving up, but luckily we found his grave at a really hidden place while we was about to leave. Have fun in finding his grave.

National Museum of Scotland

OMG! This museum has lots of creative games in it, I almost left my heart in this place without wanting to say goodbye. A really nice museum that can pull out your inner child. Do play the reaction game, it is really fun playing it, my high score is 40, can you beat mine?


Arthur’s Seat

Please climb up to the peak (don’t give up), you’ll get a better view of Edinburgh, the view is indeed beautiful and breathtaking! It took me 2 hours to the peak including water break. There’re many people at this place during the weekends, beware of human traffic congestion.

Oink Scottish Hog Roasts (Lunch) – GBP 4.95

If you never tried haggis in Edinburgh, please don’t say you visited this place! Haggis is one of the traditional food in Edinburgh, to me, its texture is some kind of shredded meat. Trust me, you’ll definitely love haggis after you try it!


Calton Hill


Scott Monument

It is near to the Princess Street (Shopping Street).


St Giles Cathedral


Edinburgh Castle


Scotch Whiskey Experience – GBP 15.00

A whiskey person? AHA, this is the right place for you to experience how they make whiskey.

Illegal Jacks (Dinner) – GBP 13.35


Back at Hotel


That’s the end of my trip in Edinburgh!

Total Damaged in Edinburgh: GBP 86.80