We’re pretty much allergic to not making the most of weekends (at least some of them). That’s just a fact. We want people to go on adventures, gain experiences, and just say yes to life – however, we understand that not everyone (including us!) has the money to go on a mini-vacation every weekend. Solution? Well, you find cheap living and eating, of course!
You can visit pretty much any big city, such as Edinburgh, even if you’re on a budget. Wouldn’t it be great, spending some time in the hilly capital of Scotland, teeming with history and culture? What if we say you can do just that, for a hundred dollars? Would you be game? Please, be game because we have so many fun things for you to do in Edinburgh!
Pro Tip: Scotland doesn’t get really hot nor really cold (even in the winter), so you’ll be fine whenever you go – it’s always a bit nice in the summer, though!
If you don’t have any friends with a sofa you can crash on, there’s always couch-surfing and Airbnb. Which can be great, no doubt. We do love our hostels, though, so let’s have a look at what Edinburgh has to offer in the hostel department, shall we!
When it comes to fab places to stay, we simply have to mention Castle Rock Hostel (and why wouldn’t we!). It’s got the nicest atmosphere, it’s just beside Edinburgh Castle, and they show movies and have multiple lounges – on has a piano and a fireplace! The only problem is that you might want to stay in and will miss out on the rest of the fun!
If you want that little bit of luxury while being able to meet new people and always have something to do, then you might want to try Kick Ass. It’s a hostel, don’t worry. Actually, it’s two hostels – Grassmarket and Greyfriars – and if you stay at one, you’ll have access to both! If that’s not a bargain, then I don’t know what is.
Belford Hostel is another favorite of ours. It’s cheap, nice, good location, all that – it’s also an old converted church! You sleep in the former church hall, complete with stained glass windows, and you enter through old, wooden church doors. Don’t worry, though: they still have WiFi!
Well, I mean, you’re in Scotland. There will be pubs all over the place, most of them serving perfectly fine, inexpensive pub food (you can’t go wrong with a greasy ‘Spoons!). You can also get yummy street food at Stockbridge Market (every Sunday), and if you want some exquisitely picturesque and scrumptiously tasty cakes and coffee, you can go to Lovecrumbs. It’s not only delicious; it’s made from local produce, too!
If you want to know what all the fuss is about when it comes to haggis, you can find out without having to eat the actual thing at The Baked Potato Shop. There are other fillings, too, if haggis isn’t your cup of tea. But if tea is what you want, you can pop to The Forest Café, and for some delicious pies, The Piemaker’s got you sorted! BBL is fantastic for some breakfast, and there are noodles and curries and all sorts of food as well, just waiting to move into your belly.
You can take a taxi once or twice, but the cheapest way to get around is easily buses and trams. Did we say cheap? Well, we meant dirt-cheap-next-to-nothing because you can get a pass lasting the whole day and being valid on most transport for, brace yourself, £4! Make more than two journeys, and you’ll already have got your money’s worth.
There’s just so much to see. So, so much to see. Old buildings, older buildings, new buildings – and that’s just the buildings! Luckily, it’s free to watch so you won’t have to spend a lot of money to experience the beauty of Edinburgh.
There are many free museums in Edinburgh, as well as galleries; you could spend a whole week without seeing all the amazing art and artefacts they have on display. Another pretty cool thing is all the film locations around. You want to see where movies like Trainspotting and One Day were shot? Then you’re in the right place. If you’d like to watch some actual movies, there are matinee screenings at the Filmhouse.
Just like with the museums, there are so so many festivals! There’s the International Film Festival, the Jazz & Blues Festival, the Art Festival, the International Festival, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Festival, the Festival Fringe, and the International Book Festival – we’ve probably forgotten a good lot! And most of them are free of charge, too. Those Scots sure know how to celebrate!
There are indeed free tours as well. Do you want to hop onto the gallery bus, taking you to the best galleries around, or would you rather walk around Old Town, while getting to know all about it? Or perhaps that Harry Whatshisname is more up your alley, in which case there’s the Potter Trail.
You can climb Calton Hill, which is an excellent way to see some nature, or you can stroll around the superb Royal Botanic Garden with all its beautiful flowers and majestic buildings. For even more unusual plants, see if you can find Dr Neil’s Secret Garden – and if you’re up for it, there’s free golf (or £4 to rent a set of clubs) at Bruntsfield Links! Wow. Someone’s gonna sleep well tonight!
It doesn’t really seem fair only to stay a weekend in Edinburgh, right? If you don’t have more time, then that’s fair enough, but if you have a day or two to spare; stay for longer! It’s so cheap that you might not even have to break your budget!