IHateTaxis.com
Arrive Stress-Free
An International Travelers' Ground Transportation Guide

Destination Search



Currency Exchange

Pound Sterling
GBP 5:
Pound Sterling (GBP 5)
USD $6.73
CAD $8.32
AUD $8.41
NZD $9.18
EUR €5.67
JPY ¥757.33

More Currencies,
Foreign Exchange Calculator



Read More: Cross-border Car Rentals?

Cross-border Car Rentals?


Read More: What Can I Put in My Checked Luggage?

What Can I Put in My Checked Luggage?


Search for EDI Edinburgh Airport Rental Car Deals

Car Rental


More Things to do in Edinburgh, including Tours, Layover, and Overnight Ideas


Stuff to do in Edinburgh


Edinburgh Tour Ideas

5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh

5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh
Duration:
5 days
From:
USD 635.07
Experience the natural beauty of Scotland on a 5-day tour through the Lowlands, Northern Highlands, West Coast and the magical Isle of Skye. Focusing on the breathtaking Scottish countryside, your route explores a diverse range of landscapes, including a Jacobite steam train ride (seasonal) and the classic sights of Loch Ness, Glencoe and more. Relax with an expert guide and overnight accommodation in Oban and Drumnadrochit, as well as a 2-night stay in Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye.

Early Evening Underground Ghost Tour in Edinburgh

Early Evening Underground Ghost Tour in Edinburgh
Duration:
75 minutes
From:
USD 11.78
Join us as we venture around Edinburgh's Old Town and into our Underground Vaults, located below the city streets. Our guides, dressed in full period costume will entertain you with tales of Scotland's dark past, throwing in the occasional bad joke or two.

More Things to do in Edinburgh, including Tours, Layover, and Overnight Ideas

Home > Destinations >Country flagU.K. > Scotland > Edinburgh


Things To Do in Edinburgh & Edinburgh Airport Layover Ideas


Edinburgh things to do

Things to do in Edinburgh if you have a Edinburgh Airport Layover or Extended Edinburgh Airport Stopover


If you have an extended layover at the Edinburgh Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Edinburgh.LayoverIdeas.com.


Open tours in a new tab? (Good for comparing tour options)



Edinburgh is a vibrant and atmospheric city with so much on offer that a short layover will not afford the time to soak up all the culture and ambiance. Here are a few not to be missed places to visit if your time in Edinburgh is short. You are sure to want to head back to this city for more.



Royal Mile


Leading down the hill from Edinburgh Castle lies the Royal Mile. As steeped in regal history as it is in the underworld of ages past the Royal Mile holds many secrets of grave diggers and torture chambers and was once home to over 70000 people. The squalor that came from so many people in such a small place was only cleared up in the late 1800s and restored to its former glory. It is certainly worth a visit if you have time to kill in Edinburgh.



The Real Mary King’s Close


Hidden from view under the Royal Mile lies a warren of hidden closes where real people once lived, worked and died just as those above ground did. There are many myths and urban legends about Mary King’s Close so, whether to see life in Scotland as it was centuries ago, or to decide for yourself what happened in this Scottish underworld, Mary King’s Close will hold some fascination for everyone.



Loch Ness Experience


If Scotland is famous for anything, the Loch Ness Monster certainly has to be top of the list. A trip to the Loch Ness Centre will lead you through 7 themed areas and 500 million years of history, natural mystery and legend revealing the unique environment of Loch Ness and the famous Nessie legend in the form of a hi-tech multi-media presentation. This is a great way to spend a few hours if you are in Edinburgh for a short layover and will hold the interest of even the greatest doubters.



Shopping


Edinburgh is a shoppers paradise with every type of shopping experience available from high street shops to malls packed to the brim with designer attire, the latest gadgets and eateries from around the globe. If you prefer to shop local style then the latest in Scottish fashion can be found on the Royal Mile or for some really quirky souvenirs the historic Grassmarket in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle is the place to go.



As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to EDI Edinburgh Airport in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Edinburgh Attractions

Afternoon Underground Ghost Tour in Edinburgh

Afternoon Underground Ghost Tour in EdinburghDuration:
60 minutes
From:
USD 7.86
Join our Afternoon Underground Ghost Tour and hear about the rich history and stories of Scotland's past as told by one of our deceased Ghost guides. Be plunged into darkness when entering out underground and take a rest from the busy streets above.

Book Now

Linlithgow Palace Admission Ticket

Linlithgow Palace Admission TicketDuration:
Flexible
From:
USD 7.86
Make use of an entrance ticket to Linlithgow Palace near Edinburgh and discover one of Scotland's finest royal palaces at your own pace. Set atop a mound overlooking Linlithgow Loch, the former Stuart royal residence has remained roofless and uninhabited since it was ravaged by a fire in the 18th century. Stroll along the cobbled walkways and make your own way from room to room. Explore the great hall, court kitchen, royal chapel and more, before taking in exquisite views across Scotland from Queen Margaret's Bower.

Book Now

Early Evening Underground Ghost Tour in Edinburgh

Early Evening Underground Ghost Tour in EdinburghDuration:
75 minutes
From:
USD 11.78
Join us as we venture around Edinburgh's Old Town and into our Underground Vaults, located below the city streets. Our guides, dressed in full period costume will entertain you with tales of Scotland's dark past, throwing in the occasional bad joke or two.

Book Now

Edinburgh Old Town History and Underground Vaults Ghost Tour

Edinburgh Old Town History and Underground Vaults Ghost TourDuration:
60 minutes
From:
USD 11.78
Join us as we venture around Edinburgh's Old Town and into our Underground Vaults, located below the city streets. Our guides, dressed in full period costume will entertain you with tales of Scotland's dark past, throwing in the occasional bad joke or two.

Book Now

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites Exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites Exhibition at the National Museum of ScotlandDuration:
Flexible
From:
USD 11.78
Visit the <em>Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites</em> exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. This major exhibition tells the real story of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and the rise and fall of the Jacobites. The Jacobite legend has an enduring fascination and now renewed global interest due to the <em>Outlander</em> books and television series. Featuring treasures from Scotland's national collections alongside spectacular objects from across the UK and France, the exhibition presents a compelling story of love, loss, rebellion and retribution. During your visit, make sure to explore the rest of the National Museum of Scotland. As the UK's most popular museum outside London, the museum's diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature, world cultures, science and decorative art - all under one roof.<em><br /></em>

Book Now

Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of EdinburghDuration:
75 minutes
From:
USD 13.09
<p>Take a look at Edinburgh's dark side, including tales of witchcraft, plague and torture on this Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh. Visit the scenes of many horrific tortures, murders and supernatural happenings as you walk along eerie alleyways an creepy courtyards of the Old Town. Your ghostly guide will blend history with humor and facts with fables, while 'jumper-ooters' provide guaranteed ghastly appearances.</p>

Book Now

Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of EdinburghDuration:
80 minutes
From:
USD 13.09
There are ghoulish goings-on in the ancient city of Edinburgh on this spine-tingling 1.5-hour tour, and the city's spirits seem more restless than ever! Head up to the Royal Mile at dusk and meet the ghost of long-deceased Mr Clapperton — Edinburgh's old cemetery director. Explore the cobbled passageways beneath Edinburgh Castle and hear tall tales from the city's dark past. Keep your wits about you and enjoy a light-hearted look back in time through Edinburgh's history. You never know who, or what, may leap out from the shadows...!

Book Now

The Alternative Tour

The Alternative TourDuration:
2 hours 30 minutes
From:
USD 13.09
Avoid the typical tourist traps and join us as we uncover everything secret Edinburgh has to offer. From film locations to hidden statues and murals, this tour is full of alternative history and culture, combined with an abundance of quirky facts. Tour lasts 2hrs 30mins and includes a brief stop at a local arts centre where both hot &amp; cold drinks are available.

Book Now

More Things to do in Edinburgh, including Tours, Layover, and Overnight Ideas



 More Edinburgh Airport Transfer & Airport Connection Options



Last Updated: 4 Jan 2017