While I’ve been putting this post together the sun has been streaming through my open (open!) window, but looking back through the photos has reminded me just how cold it was only a few weeks ago. I have to say I’m enjoying the fresh Spring sunshine a little bit more than the gale-force winds that accompanied my trip to Edinburgh. This was my second time in the Scottish capital, so I wasn’t so hell-bent on making my way around all the top sights and instead opted for a more relaxed, casual exploring visit that involved plenty of coffee and cake. Edinburgh is such a lovely city and one that has a much different aesthetic to other places in the UK. The skyline is a huge higgledy-piggledy mix of roofs and old spires but completely surrounded by mountains. It leaves for a pretty dramatic view from any of the city’s high up view points.
Edinburgh certainly has plenty of things to fill your time including galleries, castles, palaces and underground tunnels but following along the lines of our laid back traveller vibe we went for a range of classic sights and culture, mixed with a few hidden gems. Here’s a little list of the top things that filled our days:
Edinburgh Castle – an all round classic
Scottish National Gallery – right in the centre, it offered us a little respite from the cold
The Royal Mile – you’ll never see that much tartan anywhere else!
The Dogs Restaurant – super affordable and super tasty
The Modern Art Gallery – there was a cracking Lichtenstein exhibition on during our visit
Princes Garden – a little chilly to sit in, but would be beautiful in the summer!
Love Crumbs – a fabulous cake shop, I’ve followed their lovely treats on instagram for a while
Calton Hill – a nice easy climb, and one of the best views of the city you’ll find