As I mentioned in my January MirLo’s Moments, I spent ringing in the 2015 year in Edinburgh, taking part in Hogmanay. I strongly recommend taking part in all 3 days of activities if not more. Here is my suggested itinerary, to maximize fun with even the smallest budget.
- Edinburgh Castle (approx. 2 hours) ~^~ Purchase the audio guide
- Visit the Big Wheel & Christmas Gardens (Festival suitable for all ages)
- Torchlight Procession (~^~ PIck up torchlight early and if you want to see the final burning of viking and close-up Fireworks, get to front of line before/by 6pm)
- Late night dinner at The Outsider (~^~ Reservations Required – especially if you want a castle view)
- Falkirk Wheel ~^~ Outside city, but lovely drive or train ride and great for the family. It is one of a kind boat ride and technological genius!
- Lunch/Drinks at Tolbooth Tavern
- If time take Scotch Whisky Experience, its a good way to pre-game for the night’s events and educational
- Keilidh and Street Party (~^~ If you fancy seeing the bands for NYE, then buy tickets. BUT you can hear the music from Street Party)
- If you want to learn scottish dance moves, see Fireworks in a managed-crowd space, Keilidh is a must)
- If you are expecting a late night, after midnight, then potentially pre-book tickets to The Tron or City Nightclub (as the queues can get long, but the entry price is FREE or reasonable). If you don’t want to pre-book and just go with the flow, then walk the streets of Royal Mile or Grassmarket or some side streets to find a local pub.
- Great pubs along Cowgate, Princes Street, and Royal Mile to get a traditional breakfast and cure that hangover
- Climb Arthur’s Seat (Note: Can get very windy, so be careful and dress appropriately)
- Catch a Mary King’s Close tour (~^~ Great way to see underground vaults, and learn the mysterious history of Edinburgh)
Other things you can do in Edinburgh:
- Walking Tours of the City (Sandesman)
- Visit Glasglow for a day
- Take a coach day-trip to Loch Ness monster
- Pub Crawls at night are a great way to meet people, see people (Sandesman)
- Visit Holyrood Palace; National Museum; Royal Botanical Gardens
Total Budget Spent–> Lodging for 4 nights (£230) + Train (£150) + Food/Drinks/Entertainment (£138)= £520
What ways could you save money on a trip like this;
- If you are a student or have a student ID, get the concession rate
- Book trains and lodging early. Edinburgh is a walkable city, therefore, you don’t necessarily need to stay central. You can stay on the outskirts of the city, and be able to walk to the centre in 15-20min.
- Book lodging with a kitchen, therefore you can go to the local supermarkets (e.g. Tesco or Sainsburys) and prepare breakfast and/or lunches for the day, then go out at night or similar dietary plan
- Pre-book tours and attractions to save money using their online feature
Like what you see? What to spend time in Edinburgh but not during NYE? Contact me for further information.