Take a mid-week whisky tour
Whether solo or with a gaggle of friends, nothing screams Scotland than taking a mid-week whisky tour at The Scotch Whisky Experience. Smooth and sweet, enjoy the virtual distillery barrel ride and sample every kind in sight. It’s five o’clock somewhere.
See a string of spontaneous late-night shows at The Fringe
The Fringe Festival lends itself to any age. However, it is especially a playground of creativity for those in their 20s. Make a point of seeing as many shows as possible and prepare for a trippy time. Some may be unexpected, others downright bizarre, but that’s the fun of it. What’s more, you can make the most of all the shows going on in the wee hours of the night and enjoy the cobbled-street walk home as the Scottish sun is coming up.
Spit on the Heart of Midlothian
Yes, that’s right — spit on that mosaic granite stone heart (located on the Royal Mile by the West Door of St Giles Cathedral) and make sure loads of people are watching! After all, what are they going to do…fire you? For years, this tradition has tickled the funny bone of those in the know, although many Scots are unfazed and take it ever so seriously. Long story short, it is said to bring luck but actually stems from the times of public executions when those opposed would spit to show disdain.
Take a morning tour of the Edinburgh Gin Distillery
Schedule a cheeky wee tour of the Edinburgh Gin Distillery and embrace the festivities that ensue. Consider the tour ‘educational’ and spread your newfound knowledge with anyone who will listen at the bar after. Why not book it for the morning? Gin is just as good a wakeup call as coffee.
Have an exceptionally boozy brunch at Badger & Co.
Forget ladies who lunch. Grab a bunch of pals and embark upon the booziest brunch of all brunches. Badger & Co. is a grand place, with its suave interior, craft cocktails and ridiculously tasty breakfast and lunch menus. Although you can’t go wrong with the full set, the smashed avocados on toast is a winner. Those pies though…#yabeauty
Get a piercing on Cockburn Street
An almost obligatory rite of passage for any Edinburgh native, relive your rebellious teenage glory days and get a new piercing, preferably somewhere near Cockburn Street or the Canongate.
Use the Edinburgh Tour Bus as your mode of transport for the day
Preferably wearing a See-You-Jimmy-Hat, because why not? In all seriousness, the tour bus trips around Edinburgh are second to none and overflowing with random yet cool facts. Landmark spotting aside, it makes for a cracking mode of public transport. Hop on and off as you please. You have 24 hours. Go.
Rub the David Hume statue’s big toe
Seriously. For wisdom. It’s tradition for philosophy students and thinkers alike to rub good old Humey’s big toe, with the hope that this will somehow bring a sense of enlightenment. A must-see landmark, this Sandy Stoddart crafted sculpture is a local legend.
Take a vintage shop tour of the city
Start at Armstrongs and try on all the pre-loved treasures from the most memorable decades (this will keep you entertained for at least an hour) and work your way through the rest of the best vintage shops in the city. Go on — get that 1970s mini skirt or Dolly Parton-style white cowboy boots and dress to impress for a night out on the skite.
Indulge in a deep fried Mars Bar for lunch
Yes, for lunch! Consider it a Scottish salad of sorts. Step over to the dark side and embrace the silky sumptuous melted chocolate encased in an equally as tasty chippy batter. There are plenty of chippies to choose from.
Test the tides and walk the Cramond causeway
When the tide permits, traverse the paved Cramond causeway (it reveals itself only for short spurts when the tide is low) for about a mile until you reach Cramond Island. Enjoy the liberating feeling of being alone on an island then head back to avoid getting stranded! The striking causeway pylons were created during World War II as a submarine defence boom.
Swim at The Sheraton’s rooftop hydro pool
For the perfect blend of unrivalled views and relaxation, book into the One Spa at the Sheraton and enjoy a dip in their famous rooftop hydro pool — it’s infused with healing qualities. Then, allow the fresh Scottish air to repair.
Give rock climbing a shot
Your 20s are the time to experiment with new hobbies. Pick from Alien Rock or Edinburgh International Climbing Arena and give bouldering a go. You may discover a newfound love for heights!