I hope you are all well! Last week, me and my family were lucky enough to get the train to the lovely city of Edinburgh for a city break! While I was on my travels, I was a typical tourist and went around with my camera taking a few snaps of the city! From the buildings to the atmosphere, the food and the people I haven’t felt so keen to go back to somewhere in quite some time! I’m already planning our next trip back eek!! It was my first time visiting Edinburgh (yes I know I must have been living under a rock) and I wish I had visited it sooner because it was such a lovely week spent with my family. I am planning another blog post in a few days time where I share with you in a bit more detail places to eat etc..but anyway after my ramble, here’s what I got up to in Edinburgh…
After arriving at the Edinburgh train station, checking in at our hotel and getting a bite to eat we decided that we would spend the afternoon at Princes Street aka the place for shops! Urban Outfitters, H&M, Lush you name it, it was there! Obviously being a shopping lover I was in my element! Even though we essentially spent the first afternoon shopping it had to be done and we spent the rest of the trip doing as much touristy things as we possible could I promise!
The next day we thought we would go and visit the Edinburgh castle which involved a lot of stairs to climb to get up there! When I say Edinburgh is hilly, I mean hilly! I did as much exercise in the space of four days than I would in a month! We must have walked miles! Anyway, the castle was beautiful and very well…historic! We even saw the crown jewels and stood in the room that King James VI of Scotland and James I of England was born which doesn’t happen every day! Although it was very windy up at the castle, the weather was kind to us throughout the week and overall it was a morning well spent! There was also a cafe there which we stopped to have a bite to eat in too! In the afternoon we had booked to see Mary King’s Close which was very interesting but wasn’t anything to write home about at the same time which was slightly disappointing but we still had a great day.
On the third day we decided to get the 2o minute bus ride to Edinburgh zoo which was probably the highlight of the holiday! We managed to see so many animals from Koalas to Zebras, and yes my most favourite penguins! Although the zoo was again very steep and my feet weren’t thanking me for it later, the whole experience was lovely and I would definitely recommend the zoo! The zoo itself was very spacious too and was easy to access from the main city. There was various cafes and restaurants to choose from so we ended up going to the ‘penguin cafe‘ which obviously I loved! You could even look out on the penguins from the cafe view!
Unfortunately the fourth day was the day that we were leaving to go home but we still had the morning left to explore the beautiful city! We spent the morning in Grassmarket on the Royal Mile where there was lot’s of cute little shops, places to eat and amazing views of the castle! We came across some brightly coloured buildings which I couldn’t resist taking a snap of! I mean who else remembers Balamory!?? The Royal Mile itself was packed with street performers and people playing the bagpipes which made the trip that little bit more interesting. Although we did pop into little independent cafes like Pumpkin Brown with fresh juices and healthy snacks, I couldn’t not pass Starbucks without going in which meant yes another hot chocolate! Before we knew it, it was time to pick up our cases, grab a taxi and head to the train station! I really didn’t want to say goodbye to this city and although there was more to see, we made the best of the four days we had!
Although we were in a busy city I felt so comfortable walking around Edinburgh and it never felt overwhelming to the likes of London. Everything I saw, I found myself taking a photograph of it! It was such a lovely experience and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Have you ever been to Edinburgh? What was your favourite part?
Thankyou for having me Edinburgh!
Much Love, Amelia xx