Monday, 20 July 2015

Places to See in Edinburgh

So you’re coming to the retreat in Edinburgh and you think you might want to do some fun things around the city. Have we got some ideas for you! From historical locations to outdoor places to museums to tours to places for coffee, a drink, and relaxing, almost anything you could think of is listed below. If you’re interested in something we haven’t listed, please comment or email us and we’ll help you locate the information you need.

We've created an interactive map where you can see where all these places are in relation to the retreat centre. Google seems to be having some hiccups this morning, so if the map doesn't load correctly, please save the link and try again later. The map will remain available through the retreat and beyond.

Retreat Centre Address: 100 Strathearn Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1BB
Lothian Buses £4 for a day ticket for unlimited rides in Edinburgh
Central Taxis 01312292468
City Cabs 0131 228 1211
Edinburgh Minicabs 0131 510 0989
Waverley Train Station

Edinburgh Castle (Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG)
Royal Mile
Palace of Holyrood (Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX)
Conan Doyle Pub and Sherlock Holmes Statue (near 11 Picardy Place where Arthur Conan Doyle was born) (71-73 York Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3JD)
St. Giles’ Cathedral (High St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1RE)

Outdoor Places:
Princes Street Gardens (Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2HG)
Arthur's Seat
Royal Botanic Garden (20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR)
Scott Monument (E. Princes St Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ)

National Museum of Scotland (Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF)
Scottish National Gallery (The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL)
Scottish National Portrait Gallery (1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD)

Yarn Shops:
We will be visiting these three yarn shops during the Yarn Crawl at the retreat, but if you want to visit before or after the retreat, we know they'd be happy to have you.
Ginger Twist Studio (11 London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5AP)
Kathy’s Knits (64a Broughton Street, Edinburgh , EH1 3SA)
Be Inspired Fibres (30 Marchmont Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1 HZ)

Coffee Shops + Pubs:
The Elephant House (where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter) (21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1EN)
Toast (146 Marchmont Rd., Edinburgh, EH9 1AQ)
Cafe Artista (94-96 Marchmont Cres., Edinburgh, EH9 1HD)
The Earl of Marchmont (22 Marchmont Cres., Edinburgh, EH9 1HG)
Empire Cafe (21d Strathearn Rd., Edinburgh, EH9 2AB)
Cork and Cask (136 Marchmont Rd., Edinburgh, EH9 1AQ)
Happiee Daze Cafe (100 Marchmont Rd., Edinburgh, EH9 1HR)
Starbucks (2 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DN); this is the closest Starbucks, it's 0.6 mi from the retreat centre)
Starbucks (140 Nicolson St., Edinburgh, EH8 9EH); this is probably the closest Starbucks to many of the Hotels/B+B's/Guest Houses that we mention in this post, it’s 1.7 mi from the retreat centre)
Costa Store (10-14 Morningside Rd., Edinburgh EH10 4DB; it’s 0.6 mi from the retreat centre)
Costa Express (126-128 Marchmont Rd., Edinburgh, EH9 1AQ; it’s 0.3 mi from the retreat centre)

Edinburgh City Website with Leisure, Sport, and Culture Links

Tours: (all these tours leave from Waverley Bridge)
Edinburgh City Bus Tour (Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scottish Parliament, Old Town, National Museum of Scotland, Grassmarket, Edinburgh Castle, New Town)
Edinburgh City Sightseeing Tour (New Town, Old Town, Grassmarket, Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Our Dynamic Earth, Calton Hill)
MacTours City Tour (Old Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scottish Parliament, Surgeons' Hall, Edinburgh Castle, New Town)
Majestic Bus Tour (New Town, Royal Botanic Garden, Leith Cruise Terminal, Royal Yacht Britannia, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scottish Parliament, Old Town)
Forth Bridge Bus and Boat Tour
Historic Tours & Ghost Tours (these tours leave from various locations, see the website for details)

Edinburgh is an amazing city and we hope this post gives you ideas for things to do while you're here.

If you haven't signed up to attend the retreat yet, go here now and sign up! Our post next Monday will be about roommates and off-site lodging options. Happy Knitting!


  1. The Starbucks at Holy Corner is closer - it's the one on Colinton Road. Don't want anyone missing their coffee fix for fear of a long walk! :)

  2. WOW! Thanks so much Denise. Not sure why it didn't come up in our search. Editing this blog post now! :-)