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21.04.2015- City Guide: Edinburgh

I realise that this post is rather overdue, but better late than never as they say! I've been meaning to put together a more in depth look at Edinburgh for absolutely ages, so with spring getaways well and truly in the planning it seemed like the perfect opportunity to share some recommendations with you. You might remember that I visited Edinburgh for Hannah's birthday a little over a year ago, and my first trip to Scotland didn't disappoint at all. I think one of the most enjoyable things about the trip was how relaxed it felt, as Edinburgh has so much of the hubbub which London has to offer but with a far friendlier feel to it. The whole trip also turned out to be ultra affordable too- so well worth thinking about if you want to get away from it all but are on something of a shoestring budget.


Getting there-
I'd definitely recommend flying over getting the train- not only does it work out to be a lot cheaper, but it also takes a fraction of the time, allowing you plenty more opportunities to explore once you land. Easyjet tend to offer returns from Gatwick for as little as about £65 if you're fully flexible with dates, and from the airport it's only a short (and ultra affordable) journey into the city centre by bus- and even if you're not 100% sure of where you're headed there's always someone to ask- Scottish bus drivers could teach their London counterparts a thing or two if you ask me!

Where to stay-
If you're on a budget, then the hostel where we stayed is probably a great option- Caledonian Backpackers (3 Queensferry Street, EH2 4PA) is in a really convenient, central location, and for as little as £16 per night (including a free breakfast!), it's ideal for thrifty travellers. There are plenty of mid-range hotels across the city too, and if you're booking quite far in advance there are lots of special offers which you can take advantage of with lots of the larger chains. If you're feeling a little bit more extravagant, then the G&V Hotel, formerly Hotel Missoni (1 George IV Bridge, EH1 1AD) is well worth investigating for the gorgeous decor alone, and if you're planning an ultra luxurious visit then The Roxburghe (38 Charlotte Square, EH2 4HQ) is definitely one to tick off of your bucket list.

Where to eat-
Edinburgh is full of incredible places to eat- both recognisable names and independent haunts which are well off the beaten track. The former Hotel Missoni does an amazing afternoon tea which offered a modern twist on some classics, and there are plenty of similar options across the city. Brass Monkey (14 Drummond Street,EH8 9TU) is perfect for a relaxing drink and great atmosphere- and it's well worth keeping your eyes (and ears!) peeled for the resident Dalmatian! If you're after a dining experience synonymous with an Edinburgh adventure, then booking a table at The Witchery (Castlehill, The Royal Mile, EH1 2NF) is definitely recommended, and if you're exploring then be sure to check out Cafe Marlayne (76 Thistle Street, EH2 1EN) for a unique menu and charming surroundings.

What to do-
Edinburgh Castle (Castlehill, EH1 2NG) is a must visit when you arrive in the city, and a great way to orientate yourself too. One to wrap up warm for though, and I'd definitely recommend booking in advance online to avoid long queues when you get there. Also make sure you pay a visit to the cafe to indulge in a hot chocolate before you leave! If the weather's looking bright, then head to Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park (Queen's Dr, EH8 8HG) for great views over the city- it was a bit too chilly to do this when we went so I'm determined to head back to experience it! One of my favourite parts of our trip was a visit to Edinburgh Zoo (34 Corstorphine Rd, EH12 6TS) which is a short journey out of the city centre on the bus- keep your eyes peeled for the penguins and pandas, but wear comfy shoes as there's a fair amount of (uphill!) walking involved. If you fancy some more sedate pursuits then the Scottish National Gallery (The Mound, EH2 2EL), The Royal Mile and Grassmarket are must-visits, particularly if you want to take in the charm and incredible architecture of the Old Town.

Have you been to Edinburgh? Where were your favourite places to visit?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)


  1. This was such a fun trip! I loved the zoo - definitely the nicest one I've ever been to! x

  2. Ah, you made me really want to go! Since I moved to the UK, I've been to Ireland and Wales but never Scotland. I think it's time I change that, don't you?

    - Elodie x


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