7 days in Edinburgh

Meadows park in Edinburgh

It's all very well and good giving yourself seven days to spend in Edinburgh but if you don't spend those seven days properly, you'll leave without having seen some of the most iconic architecture and most talked about tourist destinations in the world. To help you avoid missing out, we've created the ultimate 7 day itinerary in Edinburgh to ensure you see absolutely everything there is to see in this amazing city. Here's your 7 day guide!

7 Amazing Days In Edinburgh

First day in Edinburgh

First day in the Old Town of Edinburgh

Day 1 Monday - There are so many ways to take in this wonderful city, hopping on open top buses or whizzing around from destination to destination in hire cars but at Blubale, one of the best ways to start your exploration of Edinburgh is to get around on foot. There are numerous walking tours to take advantage of or better still, take advantage of our very own Free Tour of Edinburgh. Edinburgh is a city guaranteed to impress, providing you do it in the right way.

In our guided walk, you'll begin enjoying the alleyways or 'closes' as they're known along the Royal Mile. You'll then head toward St Giles Cathedral where we'll talk you through the stunning architecture and its religious background. In our tour of Edinburgh, we'll also talk to you about the history of the most important festival in the world, the beautiful Victoria St as well as Grassmarket Square and of course the traditions we all want to find out more about…Haggis. You'll see Greyfriars Cemetery, the National museum and so much more.

Second day in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle featured on the Castle tour of Edinburgh with Blubale

Day 2 Tuesday - On Day 2, it's time to take things up a notch so we suggest finding out more about the medieval architecture at Edinburgh Castle specifically. This is one of the most famous castles in the world, not to mention one of the most beautiful attractions in this lovely city. Sat atop the Castle Rock, you'll see some of the most beautiful views of Edinburgh from this location too.

Whether you choose to explore further or simply enter the gates, the choice is yours, as is whether you explore alone or via a tour guide. We always recommend tour guides however, to ensure you get the right information while you're there.

Day 3 in Edinburgh

Glencoe Valley on the Loch Ness tour

Day 3 Wednesday - Check out the road to the Isle of Skye. The road to the Isles is a fantastic road trip for a number of reasons, not only do you get to take in sights such as the Jacobite Steam Train, but you also get to see some of the most beautiful and natural views around. From Glenfinnan Monument to the famous smaller isles of Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck; when you go to see the Isle Of Skye, you also get to see so much more too.

Check out the ferry from Mallaig to Armadale for some of the best views possible and once you've arrived at Skye, check out the Fairy Pools. You'll find the Fairy Pools at Glenbrittle, which make for a great walk underneath the peaks of the Cuillins Mountain Range. While you're there, jump on a boat and take a tour of some of the more remote lochs such as Loch Coruisk or even visit the Talisker Whisky Distillery in Carbost. The Isle of Skye however, requires more than one day.

Day 4 in Edinburgh

Incredible fairy pools in the isle of Skye on the private tour with Blubale

Day 4 Thursday - To really appreciate this part of Edinburgh, we suggest spending a second day at least in the Isle of Skye so you don't miss some of the must sees such as the Old Man of Storr, Dunvegan Castle or even the lighthouse Neist Point.

There's so much to see and do in this part of the world that the earlier you get up and start your day, the better. Dunvegan Castle for instance is often left out of the more commercial itineraries but here at Blubale, we think it's an absolute must see if only for the beautiful landscaping and surrounding wildlife. You may even get to catch a glimpse of the local seal colony.

Day 5 in Edinburgh

Ghost Tour at night in Edinburgh

Day 5 Friday - They always say that places change in the dark and Edinburgh is no exception which is why we offer our incredible Edinburgh Ghost Tour. Edinburgh is so special and this doesn't go unnoticed, nor does its rather gothic appearance at times. See this in the dark however and you'll witness first hand just how much this beautiful city changes before your eyes.

See and feel its strange spooky touch, take in the grey buildings and the gothic atmosphere, the cemeteries telling some of the most sinister stories to the raw history you'll find in each and every architectural decision. Enjoy the dark atmosphere of the city with us at Blubale.

Day 6 in Edinburgh

Beautiful victoria street

Day 6 Saturday - What would a visit to Edinburgh be without a little Harry Potter indulgence? Every Saturday at midday, we offer incredible Harry Potter inspired tours where you get to indulge in not only the world of Harry Potter, but the world of the creator too, J K Rowling. During our Harry Potter Tours, you'll get to see the grave of one of the most beloved teachers, from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, you'll also get to see Diagon Alley as well as indulge in a Quidditch match too.

Want to get to know the author more? Then check out the coffee shop in which she really wrote her very first book. Take pictures at the city hall of Edinburgh, the tomb of the worst poet in the history of Scotland and even catch a glimpse of one of the most expensive private schools in the country.

Day 7 in Edinburgh

Dean Village on 7 days in Edinburgh

Day 7 Sunday - while we could give you yet more things to do, we always think it's a good idea to take a day for yourself. Whether you wander back to your favourite part of the city or simply head to another destination entirely; the choice is yours but what we do know is that whatever you choose to do, with this 7 day plan, you'll have seen just about everything there is to see of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.