Okay so after sorting out all the tickets, all the pretty clothes, all about getting to the Airbnb and around the city, here’s my 3D2N itinerary.
Day 1 Night 1:
- Arrive at Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station
My goodness right when you step outside this train station you’re right in the city centre of Edinburgh where you can see every classic-old-majestic-architecture buildings all around. Look to your left and you can see the Scott Monument. You can climb to the top and witness Edinburgh city scape. We were just looking because we’ve got too many bags and we needed to walk to our Airbnb. But at the evening we went out here again to see the Edinburgh Winter Wonderland!
- Any grocery store
This is itinerary on budget, see. Get easy to cook food like me so you won’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen! I got frozen tempura, fries, and turkey rashers. No need to buy oil and ketchup because most probably your Airbnb have all of that at the food cupboard. Also: pick Airbnb that provides breakfast for free.
- Winter Wonderland
If you’re visiting in December you’d enjoy it. There are rides and Christmas market. The smell of sausage in the air, perfect.
Day 2 Night 2:
- Edinburgh Castle
Get up early in the morning because you’re gonna see so many Instagrammable spot en-route to the castle. I don’t recommend taking the bus. Go walk! It takes 27 minutes from our Airbnb to the castle but if you’re stopping a lot to take pics like me, it’s gonna take an hour lol. The walk is kinda steep as well, so hold on to your travelling buddy haha. The bagpipe, the kilt, the accent, hit me pretty hard in that OMG I’M IN SCOTLAND moment.
And then suddenly there it was, the Edinburgh Castle. Freaking crammed with tourists. Once you’re in you’re free to explore everything. I’d give it a 6/10 because I hate the crowd. At one of the exhibition which was inside the dungeon, dammit we were waiting on queue and it was moving so so slowly. It took almost 30 minutes to get out of the damn thing. I got claustrophobic. But the highlight of this suffocating experience was at least I got to see the crown jewel that adorns Her Majesty’s royal head. I love seeing Edinburgh from the top of the tower.
- The Boy Wizard
If you’re a Potterhead like me, you MUST pay a visit. It’s right outside Edinburgh Castle. It’s a bit pricey compared to other Harry Potter shops I’ve been, but this one is the biggest with the largest collection. I guess it’s because Edinburgh is the birthplace of Harry Potter. Are you a Game of Thrones fan? (what’s the name for GOT fans btw?) Don’t freak out because you can get Jon Snow’s Longclaw and Aria’s Needle too!
Good news for my poor feet, Calton Hill is close to my Airbnb. Walking from Edinburgh Castle to Boy Wizard to Calton Hill is right along the way home. The steps to the hill is steep. If you have a short breath like me, you’re gonna have a bad time. It’s also very windy so don’t get too close to the edge of the hill. I literally swayed with the wind lol. Also this is a perfect place to just sit down on the bench and take in the view of Arthur Seat and Edinburgh skyline. I stayed until the sunset and it got dark. It was so beautiful and perfect I cried.
Regent Road Park near Airbnb and Graveyard
Our train back to Edinburgh was at 4, so we had some time to visit places nearby Airbnb that I didn’t get to see before. I mentioned this park in Part 1. It was really quiet, nobody else was around. The whole park just for us. It was a good place to talk and just admiring Arthur Seat while wondering how it felt to go hiking up there.
Next to this park is a graveyard. This may sounds weird for Indonesians because there’s no way we would spend our holiday at a graveyard back home. The tombstones and obelisks are so old, dated back to centuries ago. Apparently David Hume rests here along with some famous people. It is a beautiful final resting place on top of the hill with the view of Arthur Seat and Edinburgh skyline. I remember saying “If I were buried here, I’d be happy.”
There you go, in total I spent £152 with train tickets, castle, and Airbnb. Is it enough to explore Edinburgh in 3 days? Nope. I would loveee to climb to the top of Arthur Seat, visit the National Museum of Scotland and maybe take a short trip to Loch Ness. I also want to get inside the Holyrood Palace which is The Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh. The ticket costs £15, cheaper than Edinburgh Castle and I believe it is also more interesting. I also regret not staying to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The fireworks show look so much more majestic compared to what I had in London Eye. I’ll write about that one in another post.
I’d definitely want to go to Scotland again. Probably around November.
Thank you for the awesome pics, Frosty