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Whilst she’s small, Edinburgh packs a punch with the sheer amount on offer, but explore by foot or the hop-on-hop-off circular bus route and an overnight stay will easily deliver a packed but satisfying schedule. 

7:00am

Rise and shine. In summer the sun will have been up for an hour already so limber up and take a power run up Arthur’s Seat and breathe in the beautiful Scottish air.

8:30am

Time for a caffeine hit. Follow The Royal Mile to The Milkman, where size is not everything and the brew is top notch. 

9:15am

Those in the know pre-book Castle tickets and are first in the line when the Gates open. If not, you’re in the right spot for the Camera Obscura or The Real Mary King’s Close.

10:30am

Head to Mum’s Great Comfort Food on Forrest Road for a plate of pancakes and maple syrup to boost your energy levels.

11:30am

Visit the shops around The Grassmarket and Victoria Street. Hunt for gifts and get something nice for yourself while you’re at it.

1:00pm

Take your pick of cafes and restaurants in The Grassmarket – our picks would be Mary’s Milk Bar for a pasty and a lemon sorbet, or Ristorante Gennaro for pizza or Panini.

3:00pm

Wander through the Galleries at Chambers Street Museum of Scotland or if you’d rather some fresh air, nip down to Princes Street Gardens, before nipping into Jenner’s Food Hall for some Scottish Oatcakes to take home.

4:00pm

Jump on a tram (or bus) and head to Bruntsfield. Wander through the Meadows or have a game of golf on the Links course; no one minds how bad you do, honest.

6:00pm

As my Morningside granny used to say, “The sun’s over the yardarm so it must be time for a gin”. Better still, a cocktail at Princes Street’s Hoot The Redeemer

8:00pm

Make yourself presentable and catch a cab to Norn’s on Henderson Street to experience the zeitgeist of modern Scottish cuisine.

9:30pm

Time for a show. During Festival time pre-book tickets to the hottest shows in town at The Pleasance Theatre Trust or have a lucky dip on an unknown comedy act. For the rest of the year, check out what’s on at the Edinburgh Theatre Guide.

11:00pm

Wander through Princes Street Gardens to The Whiski Rooms on The Mound for a nightcap or two, the perfect end to the perfect day.