With amazing views to start your day set off early to enjoy the spectacular vistas from Arthur’s Seat.
For walkers, this 251m high extinct volcanic summit is an easy 30 minute climb from Dunsapie Loch but can be accessed by bike or car for a quick circuit around the steep hillside.
You can enjoy a free guided tour or, if Parliament is in session, you can observe proceedings from the public gallery.
Hop back on the bus and return to your original departure point.
It’s a great way to explore Scottish history, from the primeval age right up to the modern era, and the 360 degree views of Edinburgh from the roof garden are spectacular.
General entry is free although some special exhibitions may have a charge.
All the top jokers on the circuit have stood behind the microphone here, and with shows every night of the week, you could be chuckling away to comedy legends or catching the next big thing.
Home to some of Edinburgh’s trendiest, shops, bars and restaurants, George Street is the perfect spot to indulge in some retail therapy and catch up with friends for drinks, dinner or a light bite.
As an alternative, Lothian Buses offer all-day tickets for single or family use.
One of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks in the heart of Princes Street, the Scott Monument (website) was constructed in 1846 to commemorate Edinburgh born writer Sir Walter Scott, renowned for his historical novels.
Rising sharply, the views from its summit overlooking the capital and surrounding countryside are tremendous and well worth the climb – albeit, not for the faint hearted. Open all year round, this magnificent crown-spired cathedral on the High Street contains memorials to around 200 distinguished Scots, as well as some incredible stained glass windows.
Spoiled for choice, why not create your own cocktail in the stylish surroundings of Tempus Bar at the George Hotel, Tigerlily (pictured above), Le Monde, The Dome or Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Bar to name but a few.
Party into the wee small hours at Cabaret Voltaire (website), or Cab Vol as its more commonly known.