Port of Call: Edinburgh in a Day

Edinburgh is one of the oldest cities in the UK dating back to the bronze age 600BC. With the almighty castle standing proud and overlooking Princes Street, its a grand sight to see!

The shipping ports with links to Edinburgh are Leith and Queensferry.  No matter which port the ship calls into they’re is local transport available to visit Edinburgh in a day!

Edinburgh in a Day: Views from the Sir Walter Scott Monument.
Views from the Sir Walter Scott Monument.


Leith is situated one mile from the city centre, with the Lothian bus number 22 departing frequently, making seeing Edinburgh in a day easy. One of the main shopping malls Ocean Terminal is located close by, housing the Royal Yacht Britannia and there are lots of small shops, cafes and restaurants within walking distance.  One of the best restaurants located in Leith is The Kitchin owned by Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin.

The port of Leith once known for its ship building, glass and soap making industries has so much history.  The first dry dock built in Scotland was in Leith in 1720 and the first steam ship to ever cross the Atlantic was the SS Sirius built in Leith in 1837.

Some of the more known statues in Edinburgh are also located in Leith i.e. Robert Burns and also Queen Victoria is based at the foot of Leith Walk.

Edinburgh in a Day: Sail away at Granton Harbour.
Sail away at Granton Harbour.


The quaint town of South Queensferry and North Queensferry are each situated under the iconic Forth Railway Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge.

To visit Edinburgh in a day, the fastest and most convenient transportation link is by train.  During the summer month’s the bus and boat  tour operates.  This gives you the opportunity to visit Inchcolm Island with its flora and fauna and also take the bus into and return from Edinburgh.  The Maid of the Forth boat departs from South Queensferry over to Inchcolm island at hourly intervals. I would recommend checking with the bus driver to check times and availability.

In each location you can enjoy walks along the coastal fronts with little shops and cafe’s.  At North Queensferry you can also visit the Sea life Aquarium.

Within the area of South Queensferry lies the grand estates of Hopetoun and Dalmeny.  The Hopetoun Estate has been in the Hope family for over 300 years currently the home of the Earl of Hopetoun and the 4th Marquess of Linlithgow.  Why not visit the Stables Tearoom for afternoon tea?

Edinburgh in a Day: Views over the River Forth.
Views over the River Forth.

Edinburgh in a Day

Once in Edinburgh city centre there is so much to explore whether that be shopping on the famous Princes Street and visiting Jenners department store (Harrods of the north), or taking in Edinburgh’s historical past or perhaps you would like to visit the Queen’s home, Holyrood Palace which is located at the bottom of the Royal Mile.  All of the city is within walking distance, although I would recommend good walking shoes for all terrain’s. The city has been built in two halves one being the new town which is located from Princes Street down to George Street and beyond.   The cities historical past is located in the old town from Princes Street all the way to include the grassmarket.  When in Edinburgh don’t miss the Royal Mile and exploring the old lanes (Mary Kings Close) which is said to have ghosts.  On the Royal Mile you can also find John Knox’s House, Camera Obscura and the Museum of Childhood as well as other Scottish gift stores etc.

Edinburgh in a Day: Skyline from Calton Hill.
Edinburgh skyline from Calton Hill.

Some of the best views of Edinburgh can be seen from the top of Arthurs Seat and the Salisbury Crags an old extinct volcano, located opposite Holyrood Palace.  On a clear day from Edinburgh Castle you can see over to Fife and I wouldn’t miss the fun of climbing all 287 steps to the top of Sir Walter Scott’s monument located on Princes Street.   If that all sounds a bit too energetic what about a lovely lunch or afternoon tea in Jenners with the restaurant’s panoramic views of the Castle or perhaps the exotic Chaophraya restaurant.

After your cruise around the British Isles, if you have time? Why not stay longer and hire a car from Edinburgh to drive to the highlands and visit Nessie at Loch Ness.

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