It’s a little bit late but Happy New Year! A big welcome to everyone coming over and visiting my blog in 2018, I haven’t posted in a while but I’ve recently been on a trip and would love to share it with you all!
I always wanted to visit Edinburgh so myself and my boyfriend booked a trip for the 2nd January – 5th January. I wanted to spend some proper time together before he goes back to work and thought this was the perfect opportunity as we both had a free schedule. We decided to drive (when I say ‘we’ I mean ‘Ryan’ as I done none of the driving what-so-ever) instead of flying or getting the train as the price of diesel was so much cheaper than a air/train ticket. We live approx. 6-7 hours away from Edinburgh so it was such a long drive (not that I did anything but sleep, oops sorry) but the views were incredible! I was in awe at how pretty everything was, so the long drive was definitely worth it. We arrived at our hotel late afternoon, the hotel was a 15/20 minute walk from the city centre and this suited me just fine. I was so excited to go and explore so we headed straight for the Christmas Market and it didn’t disappoint! There were so many huts (are they called huts? or stalls?) selling everything from food & drink, jewellery, clothes and homeware. I got the most gorgeous orange tartan scarf that I love!! I’d been looking for one exactly like it for so long so I got a little excited that I was able to pick one up! All the food smelt SO good and we was both super hungry, there was so many options we struggled picking what to have! In the end we both went for a Bratwurst with fried onions which tasted incredible. We was still hungry after we’d finished so we both went back for another one each! Also, look at the Nutella covered Churros!
We took a lovely walk up to Calton Hill to see the views of Edinburgh the next day. I done a lot of research before we went about everything I wanted to see/do while there, but I never came across Calton Hill so I’m so glad we stumbled across it on our trip. The views across Edinburgh were incredible and Calton Hill itself is filled with so much history. You could also see Arthurs Seat from Calton Hill and I’m gutted we didn’t take our walking shoes as I would have loved to walk up there, that’s on my list for our next trip!
You can’t visit Edinburgh without visiting Edinburgh Castle, so obviously we took a trip there! The walk up to the castle through the Royal Mile is so pretty. There’s so many little independent shops, cute cafes and everywhere you turn is like a picture perfect postcard. I didn’t realise just how steep the streets are, there’s so many hills and steps everywhere (and I don’t think my legs enjoyed it very much at the time) but there’s something I found really relaxing about the cobbled streets. I think the castle is quite pricy with an adult ticket at £17.00 but again, its so worth it and filled with so much history. You could walk around for hours there’s so much to see! It’s a shame about the weather as it rained the majority of the time we were there and it would have been fab to get some pictures of the castle in the sunshine!
I’m the biggest Harry Potter fan and knowing that J.K.Rowling wrote some of her books in Edinburgh made me so excited! We took a trip to The Elephant House where she spent a lot of time writing, along with Greyfriars Cemetery where she got her inspiration for Thomas Riddle and Professor McGonagall. The pictures below really remind me of Diagon Ally and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes Joke Shop, the shop fronts are so colourful!
We spent most of our time exploring and I found everything about the city wonderful. I couldn’t put my camera down and Ryan didn’t moan about me constantly stopping to take pictures once (best boyfriend award goes to him)! Oh, and he also put up with me moaning about my achy legs and hurting feet (so many steps!!) so boyfriend points to him. You could never get bored of the city, there’s so many things to do (most of them free) and so many hidden gems to find.
I cant wait to go back and explore!
Thanks for having us and providing delicious cupcakes Edinburgh!
Has anyone else been to Edinburgh? If so let me know your favourite places!
Love Kirsty x