Edinburgh, Scotland for 2.5 days....help!

Hi- we will be travelling to Scotland the end of September and I am trying to get my itinerary together for Edinburgh. We will only have 2.5 days here and I want to make the most of it. We are staying near the Waverly Train Station so I think we are close to a lot of the major sites. I need one thing Sunday afternoon when we get there before we get ready for dinner. Can anyone help? I was planning Monday and Tuesday being our "pound the pavement" days but not so much that we are overwhelmed. We want to hit all the big things: Sir Walter Scott Monument, St Giles, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, Deacon Brodies Tavern, Holyrod, Greyfriars Bobby, The Elephant House, Calton Hill, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Princes Street Gardens and some shopping. Also, please advise if we need any type of fast track ticket to bypass lines to any of those attractions? I would be so grateful for any help!!!

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Hi Chickpea, Your hotel is very central as you say. There is a regular bus service to certain attractions. We visited in January and had no problem with entry to attractions, the Castle, National Gallery etc. I would only suggest that you check out the individual attractions websites to obtain tickets in advance if you wish. Hope this helps, Paul. 

Have you considered visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith, near Edinburgh?  http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/   Various transport options here:
http://www.royalyachtbritannia.../your-visit/find-us/

I'm sorry to say I didn't visit during open hours, an Edinburgh friend drove me there just to see it and it looks lovely, will go again next opportunity. 

Say hello to Greyfriars Bobby Pub for me, just in front of the cemetery, once owned by my father-in-law.  I love Edinburgh!

Thank you for the suggestions! I wanted to mainly see if we needed fast track tickets anywhere there could be a line. With all we want to see, I don't want to waste time standing in line anywhere. Yes, I should have added the royal yacht to the things we want to do.

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