We stayed at Castle Rock Hostel which could not have been in a more perfect location. It was just next to the Edinburgh Castle and if you took the stairwell to the side of the building, you’d be at Grassmarket.
Besides being one of the most charming hostels we’ve ever stayed in (look at this lounge area) it came with free breakfast.
Edinburgh Castle is the most visited castle in Scotland. Tickets are £16.50. You can’t miss it when you arrive in Edinburgh as it sits atop the tallest hill. The castle is home to incredible historic artifacts as well as Scotland’s crown jewels. Look for the Stone of Destiny which is used in the coronation of royalty. The Stone was once stolen by four college students from Westminster Abbey!
For this incredible evening view of the city, we hiked up to Calton Hill one night. Stay alert though as you’ll likely find yourselves alone in the dark.
To soak in some Edinburgh history, we took the Free Adults Only Edinburgh tour with Justin. Not only was the tour informative he made the history of Scotland hilarious. Warning this tour is not for those who are easily offended or disgusted. Some topics included; pubic hair, horse testicles, and public torture.
On the more historic side you will learn about famous Edinburgh inventions, battles, and famous poets. Remember to spit on the Heart of Midlothian for luck and tip your tour guide!
Food and Drinks
When in Edinburgh make sure to eat like a local and check out a few of these places for a bite.
Elephant House Cafe
Nestled on George IV Bridge. This is where J.K Rowling wrote the Harry Potter novels while gazing out at the Edinburgh castle. You may find quite a line in the morning so if you are just going to check out the view go in the afternoon. Make sure to read the HP messages lining the bathroom walls.
Frederick’s Coffee House
Located in the new city this coffee house is on the second floor and if you don’t glance up you may miss it. Strong wifi, friendly services, in a quiet coffee shop.