History, happy days and hotel stays in Edinburgh
Difficulty Level1 One
Any city that includes the Royal Mile in its line-up of streets must mean it’s a good place for walking, so Edinburgh it is then for a weekend of wandering and exploring.
We’re staying in twin rooms in the Ibis Hotel which is so perfectly located on the Royal Mile that we’re within minutes of the city’s historic landmarks as well the shops and bars.
Over the course of the weekend we get under the skin of this fantastic city.
We’ve lined-up guided tours (included in the weekend’s price) of the castle and Edinburgh’s history-packed streets before we go underground to experience 17th century life as we wander through a warren of alleyways that have been frozen in time just metres below the modern thoroughfare on Royal Mile.
There’s plenty of time for some shopping or sitting in a lovely bar before we have dinner in a great independent restaurant that has a big heart too through its work to help end homelessness in Scotland.
Then on Sunday we have a more leisurely start before strolling up to Arthur’s Seat to take in the expansive views across the city, have lunch and then turn our noses towards home.
Edinburgh City Social Dates:
- Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June
- Friday 9th – Sunday 11th October
Check-in at the Ibis is from 3pm and for those arriving by train, the hotel is just 0.5km from Edinburgh’s Waverley station.
Your Large Outdoors host will meet you in the hotel reception at 6pm before we head out for a drink and then dinner at a local pub (NB: the cost of the meal is not included in the package price).
For those peeps arriving later, we will leave a message to let you know where we are so you can join us as soon as you’ve checked in.
After breakfast it’s time to find out more about one of the oldest fortified places in Europe and former home of Mary Queen of Scots, Edinburgh Castle.
As we stroll up the hill it’s easy to see why the mighty rock location was the perfect site for building a fort and once we join the guided tour the rich and colourful history is brought to life.
After the castle visit we continue touring the streets of Edinburgh in the company of a local guide before we go underground to explore The Real Mary Kings Close. This is a fantastic, authentic experience comprising a street and alleyways that date back to the 17th century, giving you a real sense of life in historic Edinburgh.
Back into the present day and with the culture trip over, there’s still plenty of time to saunter around the shops or, for those who have caught a whiff of a bar on the Royal Mile, the chance to ponder on Edinburgh’s past while supping a pint.
Early evening we head to Vesta restaurant, one of those great independent eateries that serves lovely food. Dining here also means you’re supporting the restaurant’s mission to help end homelessness in Edinburgh through their work with charity Social Bite.
Afterwards we amble back to the hotel, possibly with a few of the group diving into another bar to break up the journey!
We have a more leisurely start today. We then take a short stroll through Holyrood Park up to Arthur’s Seat which is actually an ancient volcano standing 251 metres above sea level – a perfect vantage point for surveying the city.
Alternatively shopaholics can get their fix by missing out on ‘Arthur’ and then join us at a pub for our final lunch before heading home.
Good to know:
Ibis Edinburgh South Bridge,
77 South Bridge,
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in twin rooms with breakfast.
- Entry to Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary Kings Close.
- Guided walking tour of Edinburgh plus a Sunday stroll to Arthur’s Seat.
- Please note evening meals and lunches are not included.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 3pm onwards and settle in before we head out for an evening meal at about 8pm. The host will meet you n the hotel bar from 5pm for a welcome drink.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Rooms: This venue has all twin rooms, if you require a double email us once booked and we will see if the hotel has availability. We only ever offer these on a same sex basis.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
FAQ’s – For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018