Hello everyone, its been a while since i've wrote a blog post but i've got good news! I've finally got my new website set up (after months of planning and designing) and i'm using a new blogging platform which makes it so much easier to write and upload my blog posts and provide the content i've always wanted to provide for you guys. You can still follow me on bloglovin here and subscribe via email here for notifications so you don't miss a blog post. With that out of the way lets talk about how beautiful Edinburgh is!
Edinburgh is one of the places i've always dreamt of visiting ever since I was younger. My mum and dad used to live in Scotland and thats where I was born and lived when I was very young and while I don't have any memories of there when I was younger, whenever I visited Scotland with my family I always feel like I belonged there (and being a massive Outlander fan being in Scotland again made me feel like I was in the books). This year I finally had the chance to visit the Scottish capital and explore many of the places I've dreamt of visiting and go to the tattoo!
We stayed in an Airbnb which was in Leith which is just slightly out of the city centre (I'd highly recommend staying in one if you're on a budget and can't hack it in hostels like us!). We wanted to have the ability to cook our own food and not be confined to a hotel room so by going slightly out of the city centre it was not only cheaper but you got more space and privacy. It was easy to get around as well, we simply hopped on the bus which was just down the road and bought a day pass for £4 which allowed you to travel anywhere in the city all day. I think that is very good value for money especially when buses are the easiest method of transport while in Edinburgh and it was cheaper than getting a taxi every time.
It just so happened that when we visited it was the busiest time of year for the city as the fringe festival was on as well as the tattoo so if you just want to do your own thing and avoid the crowds i'd probably recommend going at a time when the festivals aren't on, but saying that its a great chance to be part of the atmosphere. It does however making getting around quite difficult as its so busy on the Royal Mile.
Of course you can't go to Edinburgh and not explore the quirky shops along the Royal Mile and Princes Street! Although it seemed to rain all the time when we were there it just added to the atmosphere and there was plenty of cafes and shops to take shelter in.
One of our favourite places while visiting the city was the Princes Street Gardens. It's only a short walk from Edinburgh Waverley station and its close to new town as well which means theres plenty of things to do. Next to the gardens is the National Scottish Gallery which was free to get into and has a vast collection of old European and Scottish masters in its collection and if you're a big art gallery and museum fan like myself you'll love it.
Another street that is a must to check out is Cockburn street. Along with having a number of quirky gift shops it also has an amazing jacket potato shop and some of the most interesting architecture i've ever seen. Close by is also one of my favourite hidden gems that we stumbled across while wandering.
It's called the Writers Museum and its housed in the Lady Stair's House at the Lawnmarket, on the Royal Mile. Inside it tells the story of a three of the foremost Scottish writers: Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. AND what's best about it is its free to get into.
Although exploring Edinburgh's historic streets one of the main highlights of the trip was that we had tickets to watch the Royal Military Edinburgh Tattoo. For as long as I can remember I've always wanted to go and see it. I used to watch it on tv every year and my mum and dad used to tell me about when they went to see it when they lived in Scotland and this year I finally had the chance to watch it in person. It was one of the best experiences of my life and one that I will never forget. The atmosphere was incredible and the highland music sent shivers up my spine I can't recommend it enough. We booked a show with a firework display and it was so beautiful set against the backdrop of the castle. Some tips for if you do go visit the tattoo...wrap up warm as it gets very cold on a night and make sure you have some way of getting home! We decided just go wing it and try and find a taxi after but because it was a Saturday night it was so busy so it took us two hours to walk back as we kept getting lost oops!
I'd love to hear about if you've been in Edinburgh and what you thought about it in the comments below :)