Need travel tips about Scotland and Edinburgh?

As I share more of my weekend adventures over on Instagram, I’m getting more DMs asking for my advice. Whether that’s about Scotland, Edinburgh more specifically, or even blogging, I thought I’d start collating them all in one place. Hopefully this becomes a bit of a one-stop-webpage for the queries I usually get asked! And — if there’s something you’re thinking that isn’t here yet — you know what to do! Leave a comment below & I’ll add it to this list. Here goes…

What are the best Instagram spots in Edinburgh?

I should really do a whole article on this, eh? Until I get a blog post written, here’s a quick list of where you need to go to snap Edinburgh at its Instagram best:

  • Calton Hill (sunset, take a tripod and your zoom lens, and train your camera on the Balmoral. Bliss)
  • Circus Lane (that oh-so-cute-but-cliché street, lined with cottages, in the bourgeois area of Stockbridge. Blog & map here)
  • Salisbury Crags (Arthur’s Seat’s quieter sister. Sit up here with a picnic and watch the light change on the city. Blog & map here)
  • Dean Village (not far from the city centre, this former milling hub is now a calm oasis. Blog & map here).

I’m visiting Scotland. What places should be on my list?

Oooh, tough one. How do you sum up a whole country in a few sentences? I’ll give it a go…

If you’re planning a short stay, I think Edinburgh may well have it all: culture, castles and city vibes in a oner. If you’re more outdoorsy though, I’d suggest going to Glasgow for your stay. Not only does Scotland’s biggest city have some fantastic museums and a great social scene, but iconic landscapes like Loch Lomond and Glen Coe are easily accessible.

Want something a bit more magical? Head north. Places like the Isle of Skye, road tripping around the North Coast 500 or holiday like a local in Arisaig… The list is endless. Ping me a message if you have specific tastes and I’ll give you some ideas!

Where are your favourite Edinburgh cafés?

A list like this couldn’t start without Söderberg. This Swedish bakery is just a 15-minute walk from our flat and is our absolute favourite spot right now for coffee and cake. I love it so much, I dedicated a blog post all to it. Soderberg has numerous bakeries around the city, so you’re sure to cross paths with one on your visit. Other cafés I love are:

  • Lovecrumbs (a 5-minute walk from the Grassmarket area of town)
  • Burr & Co (in the heart of Edinburgh on George Street; to-die-for brownies)
  • Milk at the Fruitmarket Gallery (right next to Waverley Station, blink & you’d miss it)
  • Relish (a stone’s throw from the Shore area of Leith).

Any other questions?

Drop me a message on social media or email me at hello[at]laretour.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!