Hey travellers! My name is Ugne and I grew up in a beautiful country called Lithuania. Five years ago I arrived to Edinburgh for the first time with the intention of staying for only a few months. After those unforgettable few months I bought a one-way ticket to South America and thought will never come back to Edinburgh. However I have to warn you because Edinburgh is not just a another touristy capital. It has its magic and simply traps you in. So this is my home now and I couldn't be happier. I travel a lot myself because I love the world we live in. It is diverse, it is colourful, it's full of history and different rhythms. I am a very much nature person therefore you can often see me along green spaces in Edinburgh. I am always up for a pint of craft beer and some good music with it. I am spontaneous, full of positivity and love a good banter. I am always on my bike roaming around Edinburgh streets. Having graduated in Masters of Ecotourism I am recently working at Edinburgh Zoo which is a great place to visit and highly recommend for a day out. I practice yoga, play Brazilian drums and dance West African Dance. I believe that I can be your brilliant guide and show the hidden gems of Edinburgh that I have discovered over the years spent in here. Cheers! See you soon!
Budget travellers, First time visitors, New residents, Off the beaten-path, Solo travellers
Outside spaces, Nightlife, Major Galleries/Museums, Restaurants, Markets, Zoos, Street Tours, Cafés, Pubs
Bruntsfield, Haymarket & Dalry, Leith, Leith Walk, Marchmont, Old Town, Stockbridge, Tollcross
My most exciting things to do in Edinburgh
The most exciting thing about Edinburgh are the hills! It was built on 7 hills and climbing any one of them is a must as the city looks absolutely stunning from above. You can escape to the wilderness by walking along the Water of Leith, a river that runs through the city. You can't miss the beautiful Dean Village along the river and there's nothing better that finishing of in one of the pubs with a pint of locally produced beer. For a rainy day (we have many of those in Scotland), Edinburgh doesn't stop. You can visit the National Museum of Scotland or a wide range of National Art Galleries, all connected by free bus service. There are lots of bars and excellent restaurants providing different cuisines from around the world.
How many hours should you book?
Following is a brief guide to help you decide how many hours to book your Local Host for
- Meet your Local Host for a coffee anywhere in the city or at your hotel and get advice on things to do and see during your stay
- Explore a small area or street of the city to get insider insights and advice from your Local Host
- Explore a mainstream area of the city to see the main tourist sites but also to discover hidden gems that most tourists miss
- Discover an "off the beaten path" area of the city loved by locals and get a feel for what makes the city so special
- Visit some of the main tourist sites, get insider insights from your Local Host and discover hidden gems along the way
- Focus on a specific neighbourhood or larger area of the city, discover its streets and places locals frequent and get a real insight into what really makes the city beat
- Explore an area of the city that offers interesting things to see and do day and night and stop for a drink at some of the best bars along the way
- Visit a child friendly area of the city and have time for the kids to run around and explore any interesting shops and attractions. Get advice from your Local Host on child friendly places to eat and visit during your stay
- See all or most of the main tourist sites in different locations of the city, stop for a drink or quick lunch at a cafe or restaurant recommended by your Local Host and based on what you like, get insider insights and discover hidden gems along the way
- Mix it! Visit some of the main tourist sites and then go off to explore an off the beaten path neighbourhood loved by locals. Stop for a drink or quick lunch along the way
- Choose a theme such as food discovery, best markets, vintage shopping, music scene, trendy scene, history, art etc and let your Local Host plan an outing across several areas of the city covering the best of your chosen theme
- Give your Local Host a list of all the places you want to visit and things you want to do and let him/her plan an outing that makes the most of your time including organising tickets to attractions etc.
- See all the main tourist sites in different locations of the city, stop for lunch at a cafe or restaurant recommended by your Local Host, have time to pop into any shops, galleries or places of interest along the way, get insider insights and discover hidden gems
- Mix it! Visit the main tourist sites and then go off to explore one or more off the beaten path neighbourhoods loved by locals. Stop for lunch or dinner and drinks along the way