5 Budget Things To Do In Edinburgh, Scotland

Easily one of my most favourite cities in the world, Edinburgh is full of magical stories and fascinating history. Even on a cold day, the warmth of the locals will take you by surprise. If I ever had to write a book, I would sit back in one of the cute cafes at the Royal Mile and pen down  my thoughts, that’s the next thing on my bucket list. No wonder the legend of Harry Potter was penned down in this historic city where J.K. Rowling decided to create magic with words.

If you’re here on a budget and have just a day or two to spend, here are somethings that you must do to get acquainted with the capital city of Scotland.

1] Ghost Walk or Haunted Walk 

Stay around the Royal Mile to make the most of Edinburgh. There are plenty of walking tours that happen at the Royal Mile including the night walk or the Ghost walk. The Free Ghost Tour starts every night at 5 PM, 7 PM & 9 PM at The Royal Mile. The guide will walk you around into alleyways, haunted buildings, the graveyard and abandoned lands and share ghostly tales and sinister stories that will transport you back to the terrifying past of old Edinburgh.

Price: Free

2] Historical Guided Walking Tour 

Another free walking tour where the guide takes you around and acquaints you with the history of the beautiful Edinburgh. So many stories, so many beautiful creations and so much culture. Be prepared to get amazed with stories like Maggie Dickinson’s magical life to Bobby the dogs miracle!  Edinburgh is truly a land of miracle tales!

Price: Free

3] The Elephant House or the Harry Potter Cafe

Talking about magic, Edinburgh without a doubt, is an inspiration for many authors and poets. The most popular one being J.K. Rowling. Yes, you heard that right, J.K. Rowling penned down her first part of the Harry Potter series right here in Edinburgh and apparently The Elephant House was where she put her thoughts together over several cups of coffee. So when in Edinburgh, you definitely need to make a pitstop here to enjoy a few snacks alongwith some fabulous coffee.

Price: £7 for a pizza

4] Edinburgh Pub Crawl

Every night is a party night in this city. Meet people from all parts of the world in the guided Pub Crawl. Walk on the wild side through various back streets to find the best kept pub secrets. Drink up at every pub and shake a leg to the cultural music. Definitely a must-do when here!

Price: £7 – £9 (inclusive of a free drink at every pub)

5] Drink Some Real Whisky 

Ask any Scottish on the streets of Scotland and they will share every minute detail of their favourite spirit, Whisky. “We spell it without the “E” because E stands for English and we are Scottish!”, said one gentleman to us. “Bourbon is not whisky!” said another. Whether you’re a novice whisky drinker or a malt aficionado, there are some great places to buy whisky in Edinburgh. You can check details here: Where to buy whisky in Edinburgh

P.S.: Don’t miss out on the fabulous road shows that happen at the Royal Mile all through the day! 

I would love to hear your views in the comments below. If you have any questions, you can write to me on chandnitolani@gmail.com

50 thoughts on “5 Budget Things To Do In Edinburgh, Scotland

  1. Edinburgh is a gorgeous town and you have very well summarised some of the best things to do in your post. I think even if you are on a luxury trip you should include these in your itinerary. 🙂


  2. Ouuhh this looks so fuun. Now, I want to go there and do all that ommmg 😀 Thank you so much for sharing this. It is such a pretty place :0 You are so lucky to have done it all 😀


  3. I haven’t had a chance to visit Edinburgh yet but really wanna go, especially now that I found out about its connection to Harry Potter story!
    I really wanna go for a Ghost Walk – that sounds cool and like smth I would do. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  4. Edinburgh is magical. We only spent a couple of days here on our way to the Scottish Highlands, but I found it to be extremely affordable for a city in Europe. The Ghost Walk sounds like such an incredible experience, perfect on a foggy, Scottish day.


  5. Ahh!!! the place where Harry was born. Lots of love for the pictures…. I literally awed at the first picture and the immediate thought was Woh thats Hogwarts and then I went back and yes it was the name of J K Rowling….. Thanks for the spectacular virtual trip. ❤


  6. I almost went to Edinburgh, but they canceled my flight, because of the strike of the airlines. I booked a tickets to Edinburgh for next month. I hope they wont cancel the flight. Is it possible to do all activities above during the weekend ?


  7. Great post, I’ve always wanted to go to Edinburgh, so many people rave about it. Loved the part about Greyfriars Bobby, I had to look it up on Google when you mentioned it and awww what a sad story about such an awesome dog 🙂


  8. Great tips, especially the first one.
    The haunted tour would be my pick, and since I want to go back to Edinburgh as soon as possible I really cannot missi it this time.


  9. We are headed there soon so I loved reading this article! As we always like to save a little money where we can this post was very helpful. Thank you!


  10. Reading your post was a total nostalgia and reminded me of my lovely trip to Edinburgh last year! And how I want to visit again! The Ghost tour, Booby’s statue..they are so fresh in the memory. I also enjoyed a visit to the Scottish Parliament, the University and walk on the beach! Want to make my another trip to lovely Scotland soon!


  11. Heh, somehow Edinburgh is a place I associate with pub crawl, so thanks for making it into this list. I would for sure visit some of the notable pubs there.


  12. I can’t get enough of Edinburgh either. So much to do that each time I go back I find more to see. I missed everything that you mentioned in your post 😅 so that says it all. Good read thanks for sharing


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