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33+ Incredible Things to Do in Edinburgh for Free

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Finding things to do for free in Edinburgh is easy with the sheer number of options, but figuring out where to actually spend your time when in this beautiful Scottish city can be harder.

Edinburgh holds a special place in my heart for its scenery, friendly people and its great location acting as a gateway to the Scottish countryside.

When we first started going, we were very much visiting Edinburgh on a budget, as I was still a student at the time and nobody is broke quite like a student is, am I right people?!

Over the years, we still prefer to travel in a way that emphasizes experiences rather than paying for the most expensive things in each city, so you could say I’m a “cheap things to do in Edinburgh” guru.

It’s a very specific niche, of course, but someone’s got to do it!

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So whether you’re moving to Edinburgh, visiting Edinburgh, or just insanely curious about all the free things to do in Edinburgh, read on as we dig deeper into how to enjoy this city without spending literally all of your money.

What to Pack for a Trip to Edinburgh

Packing for a trip to Edinburgh is almost as important as deciding what you’re going to do when you’re there.

You want to be prepped for the weather, and this is Scotland so the weather could be basically whatever no matter what time of year (helpful, I know).

You also want to be prepped for all of the hills you’ll be walking up in Edinburgh, because nothing works out your calf muscles quite like a trip to this gem of a city.

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