Under 24 hours in Edinburgh

What to do, eat and see when you've only got one day

Maybe you're going up to Edinburgh soon for an open day, or maybe you're just going to see the city. Whatever it is, here's a few things to do to make the most of your time there. 

1. In the morning, start your day in Victoria Street. This picturesque and colourful row of shops and cafes is carved out of the rock that Edinburgh Castle sits on top of. You can soak up the history and architecture whilst grabbing a coffee to make up for probably your most sleepless sleeper train experience.

2. After making sure you have the *perfect* insta of the rainbow shop fronts, walk down further into the Old Town to find Armstrong's Vintage Emporium. This cavernous-like shop is filled to the brim with fun vintage finds from the 1930s right through to those perfect 1990s jeans. Whilst you could easily spend hours here, be careful not to get lost in the maze of coats and dresses or you'll never get out to see any more of the city!

3. Armed with your new purchases, make the short walk to West Port. Here you'll find a row of second-hand bookshops (faves include Armchair Books and Edinburgh Books). All promise very good prices for lots of pre-loved classics and, if you're lucky, even some bargain first editions. 

4. After browsing for a while and hopefully finding some books your English teachers would be proud of, you're bound to be hungry so head over to Checkpoint in Bristo Place. This fab restaurant has lots of delicious meat-eater and vegan-friendly options all in the most magnificent building.

5. In the afternoon, walk back past the castle and down the Royal Mile. After about five minutes on your right you'll see the Scottish Parliament building. As long as you're happy to go through security you can go in and see the debating chamber for free! (Bonus points if you spot Nicola, she's an absolute legend.) If you're not a politics nerd, you could go and explore the many art galleries just near the Royal Mile.

After all that walking you're bound to be exhausted so find your way back to the train station or Uber to the airport and be ready to justify your 300-seconds snapchat story to all your friends on the grounds that Edinburgh is just too great. 

Francesca Peacock VII