Travel Tuesdays: Edinburgh

Since I have absolutely nothing to talk about today, I’m linking up with Alex from Ifs, Ands and Butts and Helene In Between for Travel Tuesdays. Today I want to tell you about one of my favourite places on Earth: Edinburgh.

Edinburgh castle
Edinburgh castle

I first went to Edinburgh as a child, for the sole purpose of going to the zoo (Newcastle doesn’t have one, so we traipsed to Scotland… as you do). I’ve since been there several times and actually managed to look at things other than the animals.

The most recognisable landmark in Edinburgh is, of course, the castle. One thing you really must do in Edinburgh is head up there for a close-up view. It’s pretty impressive (well, it is a castle). As is the view you get of the city from up there.

Castle entrance
Castle entrance
I can see the sea from up here!
I can see the sea from up here!

One of the things that attracts me to Edinburgh is the architecture. I’ve already mentioned the castle, of course (did you know it’s built on an extinct volcano?). Then there’s St. Giles’ Cathedral, with its incredibly intricate entrance archway.

St Giles' Cathedral
St Giles’ Cathedral
Entrance to St Giles'
Entrance to St Giles’

But even the ordinary residential buildings appeal to me. I would LOVE to live in a house like the ones below – just imagine how much light those windows must let in!Houses

Then there are all the parks and green spaces. Here’s Princes Street Gardens:

GardensAt the back, you can see Waverley Station – another example of the impressive architecture that Edinburgh has to offer. Other park areas include Calton Hill and Holyrood Park. So much green right in the city!

Apart from the many things that I will never tire of looking at, the main thing that draws me to Edinburgh is its cultural offerings. I have been lucky enough to be there both during the Fringe Festival and at New Year (Hogmanay), and on both occasions there’s so much to see and do that you can’t possibly fit it all in! The Edinburgh festival Fringe, which takes place in August, is the world’s largest art festival, and a showcase for the performing arts. Theatre, comedy, dance, music… everything is represented. We were able to take in an improvised comedy show and see some live music by two very good acts (a folk band and a blues/country/folk musician named Eddie Walker – you can check out his website here). The pub where the gig took place is now my absolute favourite place to go for a drink in Edinburgh. The Guildford Arms is located just off Princes Street, so very central but not as touristy as the places directly on Princes street or along the Royal Mile. They have ten different Real Ales on tap (heaven for my boyfriend) and there’s also a restaurant upstairs, which I’ve unfortunately never tried. If anyone out there has/does, please let me know how the food is!

Eddie Walker at the Guildford Arms
Eddie Walker at the Guildford Arms

Our New Year’s trip to Edinburgh had just as much to offer as the Festival Fringe. We took part in a torch-light procession through town, starting from the Royal Mile, took in a candlelit concert at the Cathedral and spent New Year’s Eve at the famous Hogmanay street party. Then, on 1 January, we attended the open-air New Year’s concert, which that year featured KT Tunstall plus three other acts… for just 11 pounds a ticket! Probably my favourite New Year’s celebration ever!

Torch-light procession
Torch-light procession
KT Tunstall
KT Tunstall


Other things to do in Edinburgh include many museums (the Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland, is interesting, as is The Royal Yacht Britannia, now decommissioned and permanently berthed at Ocean Terminal in Leith), whisky tasting if you’re into that (The Scotch Whisky Experience is in Edinburgh) or shopping. The main shopping street is Princes Street, where you can find loads of UK high-street shops, such as WH Smith, while the Royal Mile holds the more touristy shops plus any number of bars and restaurants.

Holyroodhouse Palace in the rain
Holyroodhouse Palace in the rain
Old Fishmarket Close, off the Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Old Fishmarket Close, off the Royal Mile, Edinburgh

So, in summary, Edinburgh is brilliant and you really should go there! Now hop on over to Alex’s blog for more tales of travel!

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20 thoughts on “Travel Tuesdays: Edinburgh

  1. It sounds like you’ve had some great trips up to Edinburgh over the years! It is a brilliant city….but then I’m biased…I have a few posts with Edinburgh photos in my blog history, if you’re interested πŸ™‚

  2. I’d love to visit Edinburgh! Actually, I think I’m going to put Fringe on my 35 before 35 list (that I still haven’t done…so far it only has 2 things on it! including this!) And you’re right, the architecture does look great.

  3. I like Edinburgh too – and used to go there quite often when I lived in Scotland. About 5 years ago we were staying nearby and drove in on New Year’s Day, expecting it to be full of buzz and excitement. How wrong we were! All the action had been the night before, of course, and apart from the activities in Princes Stree Gardens, the place was empty – everyone must have been sleeping off their hangovers. πŸ™‚

  4. I’ve only been to Edinburgh once (it’s a bit of a long trip from the West Coast of Canada, after all!), but I really liked it. It has such a warm, welcoming feeling to it, and I remember all the people we met as being so friendly and generous of spirit. I have many, many wonderful memories of the city – in fact, all the places we visited in Scotland. And I think the whole 10 days or so that we were there, it didn’t rain at all!

  5. You are right. Edinburgh is fabulous! I spent a couple of days there once and loved every second. Enjoyed your pics and stories…especially the torch walk on New Years – how fun!


  6. Scotland has been on my “to visit” list forever! I want to run along the tops of the hills like Mel Gibson did in ‘Braveheart.’ I’m not sold on painting my face blue, but otherwise it looks like a good time. The boyfriend has a dream to move there someday, which I think is super cute. Great pictures, and it sounds like you had a great time there! Festivals are always a good bet! πŸ™‚

    1. You should definitely visit Scotland. There are so many beautiful places (not just Edinburgh!). We went up to Fort William a few years ago, which is a lovely area and great for hiking. Be prepared for rain though…

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