Last weekend we went on a lil getaway to Edinburgh for a few days. It was a well deserved break for everyone and what better way to spend it with one of the most Christmassy places even though I still don’t feel as festive this year !! I thought I would give a little guide to Edinburgh of places to go for when I return and also for anyone else going. I mayyyy have done a little highlight of the trip in a video which you can check out >> here <<
~~~~ Edinburgh Castle ~~~~
The castle is one of the places you could really spend all day there as we stayed there for a good three hours maybe? Its cool to see the history about the castle and Edinburgh itself but when your not much of a history lover (me) it does get a bit boring and repetitive. Although, it is cool to see the gun shot around 1pm even though I missed it and tried to record it, lol. If it wasn’t such a windy cold day, I mean its hard to find weather like that not in December, it would have been more worth the money but because it was so cold all you want to do is be inside in the warmth haha.
~~~~ Edinburgh Market ~~~~
The markets are something everyone has to do !! If anyone is visiting within November to December, the markets is something you don’t want to miss. I feel like everyone has some sort of markets near them around Christmas but going to different ones are something I love to do anyway. The market themselves are sort of the same things or ideas but I think they are still fun to see even though there might be churros on either sides of the rows of stalls. I liked how there was things to do such as take photos of a big tree with loads of lights (Instagram station), walk round a Christmas tree maze and go on a train even though we did none of these things !! Can be a bit pricey thoooo. The place itself is so cute and the perfect place for date night as there is so much food to explore.
~~~~ Arthurs Seat ~~~~
I don’t know if we were expecting something major when we reached the top or that there would be an actual seat there but the views are something that are great at all times of the day. We started walking up around 4pm which still had some sunlight butt after the half hour walk and only being near 5pm, it got pitch black where all you could see was the skyline full of lights – photos don’t do it justice. Its is a sweaty and tiring walk but so worth it. If I was going to walk up again id deffo go in the daytime.
~~~~ The Scotch Whiskey Experience ~~~~
First of all none of us like scotch…but we went anyway. It was a fun little hour out that I recommend to anyone who likes whiskey as you get to see where they are made and how the whiskeys are made themselves too. Spoilers.
~~~~ Camera Obscura ~~~~
This little place was cute too. Its a museum dedicated to mainly illusions and cameras. You get to see how different lights create different pictures and how certain angles change your perspective too. Words don’t do it justice really but I found it by looking on the Instagram hashtag where you can get pretty cool photos inside too.
~~~~ Princes Street ~~~~
I think if we were to have one more day there, we would have done a bit of shopping. Now I know some of the shops are the same as back home but I find better stores have better variety than my own town. Aside from that, I wanted to also look around the quaint shops instead of the ‘bigger brand’ shops as I wanted to find little Christmas presents for the fam as well as some shortbread (which am still gutted I didn’t get). When on the bus, the rank of shops did look pretty cool and one thing I wish we did but it is also great that just opposite was the Edinburgh markets so after a day of shopping you could pop over the road, get some food and drink and walk round the little markets.
~~~~ Harry Potter ~~~~
Finally, none of us are HUGE HP fans but it was cool to find out little things as to where JK Rowling wrote the books ( at the Elephant House Café) and just behind the café was Tom Riddles grave which we didn’t find out until the evening home before our flight – shame we didn’t know there and then. Another place continuing up the road was Victoria Street as people saying it takes inspiration for Diagon Alley as well as having some Harry Potter stores around making everyone wanting to buy merch and wands.