24 Hours in Edinburgh
Written by David Whitley
Edinburgh’s a rare character – both instantly loveable and fascinatingly complex. Age has bestowed distinguished handsomeness rather than decay, and there’s a learned air to the city.
A strong literary heritage – from Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson to J. K. Rowling and Ian Rankin – helps, as does the cultural bonanza of the Edinburgh Festivals every August. The Scottish capital seems master-blended, with the right doses of fine food, history, architecture, and pure fun. Manageably small, Edinburgh hides a wealth of monuments, memorials, and treasures down seemingly innocuous alleyways. But at the same time it pulls off a regal grandeur that makes it incredibly hard to forget.
Edinburgh’s key attractions are fairly well condensed, with walking usually the quickest way to get between them. Expect PLENTY of steps, however.
The expedient option when faced with an uphill climb is rarely that expensive. Black taxi flagfall is £2.10 and distances aren’t huge.
Hideous hills are counterbalanced by plenty of bike paths in the flatter areas. Biketrax hires two-wheeled transport out for £17 a day.
The Lothian Bus network primarily connects Edinburgh’s outer suburbs. But the number 23 and 27 services provide a handy link between the Old and New Towns.