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Edinburgh 1 day Rainy Day Itinerary

Edinburgh has its warmest months in July/August but in Scotland it can rain at anytime of the year and we recognize that when its pouring rain then a visit to outdoor gardens is probably not a good idea. Therefore if you find yourself in the city and it's a driech day (that's Scottish for torrential rain) then this itinerary is ideal, you can still ejoy Edinburgh and not ended up soaked!


  • National Museum of Scotland (Free)
  • Edinburgh Dungeon (£9.20*)
  • Total Cost: £9.20 (Adult) *Online Price


    Day 1: Edinburgh Dungeon / National Museum of Scotland

    The start of the day is Edinburgh Dungeon, which is in the city centre only a couple of minutes walk south from Waverly train station on Market Street.  The dungeon can get quite busy especially during rainy days so it is best to start here early.

    The Dungeon takes you on an “interactive” journey through the gruesome past of Edinburgh with an 80 minute tour and live actors ensuring that it will be a memorable experience.  A good tip is to book tickets to the Dungeon online as you usually enjoy significant savings over buying tickets at the door.

    The next stop is the Museum of Scotland which is around a 10 minute walk from the Dungeon.  Walk right on market street when exiting the dungeon then follow the street going  in a loop past the museum on the mound and onto bank street.  Stay on this street passing the Royal Mile and Missoni Hotel and the museum will be on you left hand side on Chambers Street.  If you want to get a bus then the No 41 leaves from outside Waverly station.

    The museum is free to visit and with seven levels there is a fantastic collection of exhibits and wealth of information on display.  The rest of the day can easily be spent going around the museum and if you have children there are many interactive parts of the museum which should help keep them occupied.

    There is also a great restaurant in the museum called the Tower Restaurant, it offers some excellent cuisine as well as fantastic views of the city.