Drive Along Coast from Edinburgh – Road.Travel

Drive Along Coast from Edinburgh

Road Trip Route. Explore The Royal Mile of Edinburgh, Get to know the cultural heritage, Visit the Scotch Whiskey Museum.

This trip will immerse you in the days of the knights and the Middle Ages, and also you will learn both the old and the new Edinburgh. It often became a place of grandiose historical events. The memory of the legendary independence fighter William Wallace the “brave heart” is still kept here. In this journey you will be faced with mystical legends and even ghosts in castles. Very exciting stories are associated with each place of visit and they will definitely interest you. Moreover you are going to the estate of Walter Scott, which is filled with various things with history, as he loved to collect completely different things.

History and Culture. From: Edinburgh

Anastasia Omelchuk. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Amazing view of the city

This evening you will spend enjoying the beautiful evening view of the city, and then visit the Korean restaurant with great atmosphere.

Arthur's Seat

Legends say that once it was the famous island of Avallon. The one on which stood the castle of Camelot. They say that Merlin himself hid Avallon from human eyes with the help of magic, so that no one would disturb the peace of King Arthur. After all, the knight is still alive and waiting for an hour to return to our world. In memory, the wizard left only a hill. This hill is the highest point of Edinburgh, and therefore it offers simply amazing views of the Scottish capital. Actually, for many years this hill serves as a popular observation deck, from which the city is clearly visible.

Ong Gie

Ong Gie offers Korean cuisine. You can always order here good fried shrimp, fried dumplings and noodles. In this place they make good ice cream. Many guests indicate that the beer is delicious. Delightful service - a big plus Ong Gie.

Day 2: Gothic style and majestic castles

Today you will be impressed by the scale of the ruins of the abbey, then you will learn all about the main attractions of Edinburgh. You will visit the residence of the British monarchs, castle which belonged to the Preston family for several centuries and one of the most popular castles - Edinburgh Castle.

Holyrood Abbey

This is all that remains of Holyrood Abbey, founded in 1128 by King David I. The abbey’s dimensional existence ended in the middle of the 16th century — the British forces completely ravaged it. Plundered valuables, removed the bells for remelting. They didn’t even regret the roof, which was made of lead and it all went to guns. Even now, buildings look amazingly impressive, majestic. Unfortunately, the exact description of what the abbey looked like in its best years did not survive, but you will certainly get a approximate idea.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

This is the official residence of the British monarchs in Scotland. The palace was built in the 15th century under the Scottish rulers, it was later rebuilt under the British monarchs, as Scotland lost its independence. Since the 20s. XX century Holyrood Palace becomes the residence, where official events are held. The most impressive are the private chambers of Mary Stuart. There are many antiques, valuable paintings and tapestries. The rooms are decorated with rich finishes and decorative details.


The restaurant serves British and Scottish dishes. Here you can order tasty caviar, veal and sea trout. Most visitors pay attention to the fact that the staff in this place knows their business. Visitors think that the service is amazing. According to customer reviews, in this restaurant, reasonable prices.

Craigmillar Castle

For several centuries, the castle belonged to an influential Preston family, whose members were involved in politics and solved social issues of the city. Craigmillar is preserved almost the same as it was built. Other castles were repeatedly rebuilt, destroyed, restored. Of course, some changes happened in the beginning of the 16th, but this is almost all. Today the castle belongs to the organization "Historic Scotland", which takes care of the monuments of the country. Here you can walk around the colorful fortress courtyard, look into the historic building, and enjoy the beautiful view from the main tower.

Edinburgh Castle

The ancient castle in Edinburgh has existed for more than nine centuries and has witnessed Scotland’s long and difficult struggle for independence. Many times passing from hand to hand, this fortress, nevertheless, was able to preserve its authenticity and remain not only a symbol of the city, but of the whole country. According to legend, the king, who took possession of Edinburgh Castle, receives the keys to the whole Scotland. And there is some truth in this, because at the castle the most acute conflicts between the Scots and the British crown flared up.

The Real Mary King's Close

Mary King's Close is a few gloomy medieval streets, hidden under modern Edinburgh. The narrow streets of this district were entirely in the lowlands under the city, and were cut off from the rest of the capital of Scotland by high unaccessible walls. One of the legends says that during the plague epidemic all the infected were brought here, which is why a “city of the dead” was formed on the territory of the street and adjacent neighborhoods. The impasse Mary King was underground because of the construction in the 18th century of a new building for the city authorities. In 2003, a complex of streets was digged out and open to tourists.

West Princes Street Gardens

Popular public park in the center of Edinburgh, where many national festivals, concerts and events are held. The gardens were created as a result of the territory expansion of the capital and the drainage of the Lough Nor lake at the beginning of the 19th century. The park has a fountain, a concert platform, a flower clock, several monuments and the “Eye of Edinburgh”, a 33-meter ferris wheel. Tourists visit here not only for the relaxation, but also to see the famous flower clock and rise above the city on the big wheel.

The Scott Monument

The grandiose neo-gothic monument dedicated to the writer Walter Scott, built in the 19th century according to the project of J. Kemp. The monument was erected from sandstone, so over time its surface darkened. The monument can be viewed not only outside, but also from the inside, but for a small fee. At different levels there are three observation platforms, as well as a museum dedicated to the life and work of the writer. The best view opens from the highest platform, located 56 meters above the ground. In order to climb it, it is necessary to overcome the 287 steps. If you want to go inside, remember it opens till 4pm.


If you like Indian cuisine, be sure to check out this restaurant. Have a good time here and order tasty naan cheese cakes, bacon rolls, bacon and eggs. Many visitors say that Dishoom offers good chocolate pudding, ice cream and yogurt. From drinks here you can try a good Prosecco, Lager or Gin. Most visitors find the staff helpful and according to customer reviews, the service is amazing.

Day 3: Acquaintance with the diverse city culture

First of all you will go to the urban residential house of the end of the 18th century, then you will visit the Cathedral and the botanical garden of Edinburgh and at the end of the day you will visit the Museum of Scotch whiskey.

Georgian House

City residential house of the end of the 18th beginning of the 19th century. By the middle of the 18th century Edinburgh, which is bounded by city walls is overcrowded. The decision is made to build a new city to the north of the existing one. In the New Town of Edinburgh full of the most preserved Georgian-style residential buildings. In 1972, it became the property of the National Fund of Scotland, and the foundation decided to recreate the house as it was when the first tenants, the family of John Lamont. There are no guided tours around the house, but every room has a caretaker who can answer any questions from visitors.

St. Giles' Cathedral

The cathedral is the main temple of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, it was named after the patron saint of lepers and the maimed. The temple has a massive and gloomy architecture, but elegant Victorian stained glass windows adorn the main facade. Inside the cathedral there is the Chapel of the Thistle, where the initiation into the members of the order of the same name takes place. In the cathedral you can see the graves of quite famous personalities, such as the Marquis of Montrose, Robert Louis Stevenson and others.

Royal Botanic Garden

Once two serious botanists decided to create a platform for their experiments and scientific work. They wanted to explore a huge number of plants and that is why they began to look for sponsors and raise funds from the city budget. In the end, the lab was built. In 1670 it was an ordinary apothecary garden, however, it grew every year until finally the royal botanical garden was developed. Particular interest is represent the demonstration part of the botanical garden, where you can get acquainted with the different forms of plant life and the mechanisms of their reproduction. Several expositions tell about herbs and plants that can and should be used for culinary purposes.

The Scran & Scallie

This restaurant will appeal to lovers of British and Scottish cuisine. Here you will be served amazing oysters, haggis and monkfish. According to guest reviews, here you can order delicious chocolate mousse, parfait and brownie. In this place a large selection of wines and according to customer reviews, this restaurant has an excellent interior and a pleasant atmosphere.

National Museum of Scotland

The collection was formed by the merger of the Royal Museum and the Museum of Antiquities of Scotland. The exhibition is located on the territory of two buildings, one built in 1998, the other is a model of Victorian architecture of the 19th century. Here are represent a variety of exhibits. Some of them are associated with national history, the other part reflects the most important discoveries of science and archaeological finds, and the third is related to world culture. Entry is free for all categories of visitors.

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Scotch whiskey is not just a drink, but a world famous brand, the history of the country, the history of strong alcohol. Exactly in Edinburgh the largest collection of bottles is assembled, which has more than 3.5 thousand pieces. During the tour you can learn everything about the history of Scotch whiskey. Not only in theory, but also in practice - here they give to taste more than one hundred varieties of drink from four regions of the country: Highlands, Speyside, Islands, Lowland. You should not immediately proceed to the samples, otherwise you can skip the entire theoretical part. For example, you will not learn how to make whiskey, what methods exist and how you can never drink a drink.

Calton Hill

The view from the top of Calton Hill is truly remarkable. How many artists created their masterpieces here, admiring their native city. The hill throughout the history of its existence actively participated in the life of the settlement. Since 1456, it has been used for tournaments and various militarized events. In the 18th century plays with open-air were staged here with pleasure. Acoustic Calton Hill could envy any man-made theater. Until now, numerous festivals are held at this place, which gather tens of thousands of spectators.

The Gardener's Cottage

Here you can taste British and Scottish dishes. Many visitors come here to order mouth-watering crabs, hake and scallops. For dessert, you can order a good strawberry ice cream, pudding and chocolate custard. In this restaurant first-class interior. Frommer's expert agency has been awarded 2 stars to this restaurant.

Day 4: Architecture contrast

Today you will explore the suburb of Edinburgh. The journey begins with a visit to the house which looks like a real castle and is the residence of the poet and writer Sir Walter Scott. You also have to walk through the ruins of the 12th century Abbey and then go to an unusual castle.

Abbotsford House

The passion for the Middle Ages forced Walter Scott to become so familiar with the image that he managed to turn the land in 12 years, starting in 1811, into a luxurious estate, the gothic castle of Abbotsford, decorated in the medieval manner. Already living in the estate, Walter Scott constantly invented more and more new details of both the castle itself and the surrounding territory. Every detail was either original or unique copy of famous palaces of different historical eras. Sir Walter Scott was known as a collector of things with history, in most of the furnishings in the house it is great. The library contains seven thousand of the nine thousand books collected by Sir Walter Scott, the other books are in his office.

Melrose Abbey

Gothic stylized monastery founded in 1136 by Cistercian monks on the orders of King David I. Monastic life continued on its territory for the next 450 years. The ruins of Melrose are rightly considered the most picturesque of all the buildings of the religious plan in the UK. The architectural style of the monastery is distinguished by its grace. In the abbey there are numerous carved ornamental outlandish figures: saints, dragons, gargoyles and bizarre plants. This abbey ordinary people call a mystical place. It is famous not only among believers, but also among those who like wonders. That's because the heart of Robert the Bruce, king of Scotland, is buried here.

The Bourtree (Wetherspoon)

Visitors note that you can try British cuisine here. In this restaurant, guests can taste the amazing assorted grill, salmon and sirloin steak. The cozy atmosphere of this place allows guests to relax. Most visitors say the staff here are qualified.

Hawick Museum And Park

The small free museum, which is governed by a council of local interest, compared to other local museums, is well furnished and costs several hours of your time. It is located in Wilton Lodge Park, and that used to be home to the Manor Hotel. The museum has some information about key local figures, such as celebrity motorcycle riders Steve Hislop and even more of common interest.

Hermitage Castle

It is believed that the name of this castle comes from the old French word "l'armitage", which can be translated as "bunker". The castle was built in 1240 by Nicolas de Soulis for defensive purposes, and inside was as inhospitable as it was outside. Today, the Hermitage Castle is considered one of the worst and ominous castles in Scotland. The Hermitage passed to the care of the state in 1930 and the castle is open to visitors.

North Berwick Law

Walking to the top of the Law is good value for money and not too difficult. It's tough in places, so you really need a certain level of fitness, but it's worth the effort, as the views are great. If you are in the North Berwick area, it is better to climb on a day when the weather is good.

Craigleith Restaurant at Macdonald Marine Hotel and Spa

Feedback from the customer about this place: "Not only was the food absolutely amazing in the Craigleith Restaurant, the friendliness of the staff really made our evening special. We met a very nice member of staff called Amerjeet who was exceptionally kind and thoughtful. This restaurant is top class!"

Day 5: Beautiful landscapes

This day will begin with another castle that was built to protect against stone-throwing machines. After you will visit the castle with its own garden, then you will observe incredible views of nature in the park, on the beautiful beach, near the lake and all this will be completed in an incredibly picturesque village.

Tantallon Castle

Tantallon Castle is a fortress built in the middle of the 14th century. Retaining its original appearance quite well, the castle perfectly demonstrates the environment in which the Earls of the Angus clan lived with their followers. The castle was built long before the advent of powder artillery. Its high, massive walls were simply to withstand attacks using stone-throwing machines. Now Tantallon Castle is under the care of the organization Historic Scotland. Ghosts of the castle differ photogenic. People in medieval clothes - as no one sees them - periodically get into the lenses of cameras.

Dirleton Castle & Gardens

Dirleton is located on a rock. In this part of Lothian, the terrain is more or less flat, but in some places rocks stick out of the ground, giving the landscape a variety. Very impressive castle bridge. The moat is 15 meters wide, and the entrance is quite high and it looks spectacular. The bridge on which you will enter the gate of the castle is probably built in the twentieth century, but on medieval drawings it looks almost the same. The castle is located in a large garden. It is not medieval, but very pretty and attractive. In addition to simply beautiful plants, the huge thistle flowers attract attention. And as well an incredible breed of tree, planted by James Law.

Three Birds

All Three Birds customers are advised to order tasty meat from ox, lamb and venison. The waiters offer visitors a good strawberry ice cream, pudding and affogato. From the point of view of the guests, the staff here is friendly. Guests enjoy the delightful service.

Dalkeith Country Park

On the website of this park says: "You can explore this beautiful park on foot with one of our waymarked walking routes, in the heart of Midlothian. Whether you’re a boots or sandals sort of person, fancy a two hour hike or leisurely amble in the countryside with a picnic, Dalkeith is the place to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors."

Portobello Beach

Some impressions from the people who were here: "Amazing spot in Edinburgh, full of people walking their pets, jogging, going out with their families, just having the best time. The beach is clean, the water is cold and when the sky is clear, you can see all the way into the sea and surrounding peninsula. Lots of sea shells to collect, well connected to the rest of the city and all round beautiful place."

The Pond at Inverleith Park

"Whether you're walking your dog, racing your remote controlled boat, having a barbecue or just sitting down, watching the world go by, Inverlieith Park has something for you." writes one of the visitor. Large enough to accommodate many people, and interesting enough to interest large children, it is worth a visit.

Dean Village

Dean Village the so-called quiet and very interesting area of Edinburgh located in the valley of the river. In the past it was a small village which was gradually absorbed by the city. When you are here there is a persistent feeling that Dean Village seemed lost in time. The first information about the settlement at this place refers to the 12th century and in historical sources it is strongly associated with the production of grain. This tradition has more than 800 years. For a long time old mills remained here, which were eventually replaced by various buildings.

The Honours

Here you can enjoy French and Scottish dishes. The Honors offer amazing oysters, duck and foie gras. Many guests recommend to try a good tart tatin, chocolate souffle and caramel ice cream. It serves a great sparkling gin, Malbec wine or champagne. According to the guests review, the staff here is nice. This restaurant has an amazing service.

Day 6: Various castles and a ruined palace

The day will be full of visits to interesting places such as the castle with a chic interior inside, the castle which was once a prison and they say that there are ghosts in it. Also one of the places will be an abandoned palace with a preserved fountain inside.

Lauriston Castle

The wonderful building of light brick is surrounded by a beautiful park, and at the entrance there is a perfectly trimmed lawn. Initially, at the end of the 16th century, a four-story tower was erected here for the younger son of Sir Archibald Naper - Francis. Only the banker Thomas Allen in 1827 took the risk of rebuilding. Now here is a stunning museum. In the luxurious rooms, rooms of former times were recreated - bedrooms with elegant beds and heavy dressers, a dining room with a long table for dozens of people, a living room with soft sofas and library.

Forth Road Bridge Viewpoint (South)

An impressive 1.5 km long railway bridge is the first large steel bridge in the world. It was opened in 1890 and still remains one of the largest engineering structures of the late Victorian era. The construction of this railway engineering miracle was made possible thanks to Benjamin Baker and John Fowler, who as a result managed to build a bridge, on which about 200 trains pass every day. In 1999, the British government launched a bridge to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Blackness Castle

It is not known exactly when the Blackness castle was built, but the first mention of it dates back to the middle of the 15th century. In 1481, Blackness Castle was burnt by the British. Fortunately, the damage was not fatal, and was quickly repaired. In addition to the protective function, the fort played the role of a prison. Politicians and traitors were imprisoned there. Despite the fact that Blackness is a gloomy place in itself and disposed to mystical associations, it is not very famous for its ghosts. Reliably recorded only the appearance of a knight in full armor.

Hopetoun House

The palace is a very beautiful architecture, occupies a large area of a beautiful landscape park, located on the outskirts of Edinburgh. In the palace you can see antique furniture, old paintings, tapestries, sculptures. It is recommended to climb the spiral staircase to the terrace - on the roof, where you can see beautiful views of the Firth of Fort and grand bridges across the bay. You may also enjoy a walk through the picturesque gardens near the palace.

The Park Bistro

One of the reviews from visitors: "Good food and great friendly service - I had the scampi which was delicious and served with fresh salad and tasty chips. My wife had a steak which was cooked to perfection. Our 12 year old daughter had a starter portion of nachos and helped us with our huge portions. She really enjoyed the nachos commenting that they were obviously homemade as they tasted so good. Berry pavlova to finish which was to die for! We’ll be back"

Linlithgow Palace

In 1603, Scotland merged with England and the royal court moved to London. King James VI will never return to Linlithgow. The palace fell into disrepair until in 1607 the north wing collapsed. Restoration work began only in 1618, and for 4 years this part of the palace was restored in the style of the Renaissance. In the center of the courtyard stands the amazing fountain of the time of James V. He is famous for himself. Firstly, the fact that a copy of it stands in Edinburgh in front of the royal residence of Holyrood.

The Helix

After seven long years, the construction of The Kelpies — two colossal horse heads designed by sculptor Andy Scott comes to an end. Thirty-meter sculptures are designed as a reminder of the important role of horses in the history of Scotland. The sculptures are called “Kelpi” in honor of the mythical water spirits living in Scottish rivers and mountain lakes. According to legend, Kelpi can turn into different animals and into humans, but, more often, they take on the appearance of a black horse, which exceeds ten ordinary horses by force.

Sanam Tandoori

Here you can enjoy Indian cuisine. This restaurant serves good chicken tikku masal, peshwari naan and lamb tikka flatbread. Try here a wonderful homemade wine. This place is amazing service. You will appreciate the charming atmosphere and excellent interior.

Day 7: Different types of architecture

Today will begin with a visit to a house in whose history very famous historical figures appear, then you will see a house with a pineapple roof and at the end of the day you will visit the monument which is very symbolic for the Scots.

Callendar Park

House Callendar took on many great historical figures throughout the ages, including Mary, the Queen of Scots and Cromwell. House dates from the 14th century. In the restored “Kitchen of 1825”, costumed translators create an exciting interactive experience with food samples from the early 19th century, adding a taste to the stories of working life in a big house. There are many interesting historical features in forests and gardens, including Aboretum, decorative gardens and the family Mausoleum. There are also three golf courses on the territory.

The Pineapple

The house was built in 1761, but the roof in the form of pineapple Earl Dunmore built in 1777, after returning from the British colonies in North America. Because there he tried pineapples for the first time and was so delighted with the taste of this fruit that he decided to perpetuate his love for pineapples in his family estate. Currently, the house-pineapple is protected by the government.

Stirling Castle

The high rock above the Fort River, on which a complex of buildings of the Stirling Castle arose in the Middle Ages, was an important strategic place during the times when the Celtic tribes lived there. Various fortifications of the Celts existed on the rock during the period when the Roman Empire attempted to conquer these northern lands. At the beginning of the 20th century, King Edward VII visited the castle, on whose initiative the castle began to gradually turn into a museum, but finally the military regiment left the castle walls only in 1964. From this moment to the present day, the painstaking restoration of the former appearance of the castle continues.

The Birds & Bees

The restaurant serves British and Scottish specialties. Birds & Bees serves amazing haggis, rib-meat and meat patties. Here they cook delicious pudding from toffee, ice cream and cheesecake. Many guests say that the staff in this place is creative. You will find that here is a great service.

Top of the William Wallace Monument

The story of the appearance of the Wallace Monument is associated with the desire to capture the victory of the William Wallace army over the British in the battle of Stirling in 1869 in the history. The monument is symbolic for the Scots, as its top looks like the outlines of the Scottish crown. According to legend, it was exactly on this hill where Wallace watched the camp of the English army before the famous Battle of Stirling Bridge, after which he gave the Scottish Army an order to attack. In addition the monument is also a museum that can be visited at any time of the year and there you can learn more about the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

Castle Campbell

The residential tower was first built on this site in 1600 and was originally called the Gloom Castle and belonged to the clan of Stuarts. Campbell Castle is one of the best preserved castles in Scotland. Many famous people visited castle in their time. In 1556, Protestant preacher John Knox arrived at the castle, and in 1563 Mary, Queen of Scotland. Although Campbell Castle was designed to withstand the most powerful attacks, he could never resist artillery attacks. The gates of the castle could withstand the pressure only of a small army.

Culross Abbey

The abbey is located in the small town of Culross, It was founded in the 13th century. Only one temple has reached our days in fair condition. which is used as a parish church. Other buildings collapsed with the times. The ruins are restored and look pretty picturesque. The rest of the abbey ruins are now in the care of Historic Scotland.

Cramond Island

Cramond Island has a rich history. Romans in 142 AD built a port in Cramond to transport their army to Scotland. During the Second World War, a Christian cemetery was discovered on the island’s territory, dated 6 in AD. The island is located 1.5 km from the land. The peculiarity of the road is that it appears and disappears - it all depends on the tides. For the convenience and safety of people on the waterfront posted a schedule of tides, indicating the safe time for walking.

Miller & Carter

They serve marvelous Ribeys, Tenderloin and Sweet Potatoes. Many visitors are advised to order here an appetizing banofi, toffee pudding and vanilla ice cream. You will enjoy a good prosecco, gin or Malbec wine. Many guests say that the staff at this place is pleasant. According to customer reviews, the service is amazing.

Day 8: Dive in modern art

This is the last day of this journey and before leaving you will go to the Scottish gallery of modern art, which is different from the usual museums, this building used to be a school.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

In the building of the beginning of the 19th century. Earlier, in the two-story dark brick building, there was a school at the John Watson Hospital. Extended in width, with an entrance guarded by tall columns, it is least of all associated with contemporary art. Moreover, the contrast between modest appearance and bright, unusual, original content. The oldest works are about a hundred years old, the youngest are only a few months old. The collection is constantly updated, in addition, temporary exhibitions are regularly opened, where you can admire "live" paintings, where a skillfully painted person is part of the composition.