We took a late night flight from Geneva to Edinburgh with Easyjet so we arrived around midnight in Edinburgh. Fortunately, we had made reservations at Doubletree by Hilton Edinburgh Airport, so we did not have to struggle finding a ride to downtown.
The following morning, we took the tram (https://edinburghtrams.com/) to the city center on our way to Edinburgh Castle. The tram ride costs £5.50 per adult (£8.50 return) and £3.00 per child (£4.50 return). Other options are taxis, trains or buses.
We started our tour at Princess Street Gardens. According to the City of Edinburgh Council, it is listed in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscape in Scotland and has geological and botanical scientific interest.Within the gardens, along the south side of Princes Street are numerous statues and monuments.
Later on, we headed to Edinburgh Castle in the old part of the city. This is a wonderful place for kids to explore, full of history but also with wonderful city views.
After finishing our tour of Edinburgh Castle, we started our visit of the Royal Mile, a one-mile long street that runs from Edinburg Castle to the parliament and is full of shops, pubs, restaurants and historic buildings. We made a break for lunch at The Royal McGregor (http://www.royalmcgregor.co.uk/) where we tried delicious haggis and local beer.
Later on the day we had the opportunity to experience a protest against the policy for refugees.
In the afternoon we started our visit of the new part of the city in Princess Street. We stopped at every shop in this road since our kids were eager to buy a souvenir. We also allowed some time to visit Jenners, a department store that is sometimes referred to as the “Harrods of the North”.
After 5 o’clock tea, we took the tram back to the hotel, since we had a very early flight back to Geneva with Jet2.
The great escape.