In celebration of one of my best friends’ 21st birthday, we spent 4 days away on a city break in Edinburgh. I honestly can’t tell you that I have ever really thought about Edinburgh as a place to visit… what’s even there, right? Wrong. You could never be bored here.
There are so many things to love about this beautiful City, but I [somehow] summed it up in three – the views, walks and architecture really bring out the authenticity of this place. It is truly stunning – if you get the chance, go! You would never regret it (though, take a jumper and a winter coat – it is very cold).
One of the most astonishing things about Edinburgh is that there is a view around every corner. In fact, the majority of the pictures I took are views! Because it is so hilly, you can literally see everything. From the centre of town you can see Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill and some Roman Ruins. We could also see part of Arthur’s Seat from our hotel room, which was really lovely to wake up to.
But, do not be deceived by the blue skies – it was absolutely freezing.
Top tip: for the best views, go to Arthur’s Seat.
I grew up in the West Country (for those that don’t know, the west of England which is full of countryside, with the people often referred to as ‘farmers’) and so, country walks and the West Country are pretty much synonymous. Put it this way – you haven’t been outside without taking a country walk where I live when I am at home-home!
But the walks in Edinburgh are… different. You feel a bit more peaceful, no matter how much the northern wind is rattling through your bones. It feels like you’re a bit more present in the moment. You don’t really feel like it is exercise or like its’ a chore because it’s something you want to do. And there is so much to do, and so much to see, so it is exciting and really, truly beautiful. Why would you want to get a lift or public transport when you can see all of this?! Honestly, spot the tourist – they will be umming and ahhing at pretty much everything.
We walked a lot and because there is so much to look at, you forget the concept of time. We were planning to get a bus ticket for most days, but it turned out that, actually, walking was actually a lot better and more worthwhile, and we wanted to (and a bit cheaper too, though the transport was actually pretty cheap compared to England). Especially going in Autumn, it made it extra special.
Top tip: walk to Edinburgh Castle through Princes Street
So most of the time people tell you that Edinburgh is beautiful but you don’t really get a peek into how beautiful it truly is until you go. Pictures really don’t do the place justice. Especially when it comes to the buildings!
The buildings range between 12th century to modern day, but most predominantly you see Georgian and Victorian-gothic style, which is really special, as it isn’t everyday you get to see such a vast amount of old-styled buildings in one place! The history literally calls at you as you walk through the streets – so much has happened here and continues to. It is just booming with culture and creativity throughout the winding roads. I love how it is so distinctive and makes you feel protected, like you’re in your own bubble of beautiful buildings. Some even have turrets!
I really couldn’t imagine Edinburgh in the Summer – you know when a place just reminds you of Christmastime? All I could think of when walking around was owning a little shabby-chic/old English country-style cottage in the middle of a small village, in big fluffy jumpers with a cup of tea watching Harry Potter – a girl can dream!
Top tip: Save the £4 bus day ticket and take the side/backstreets for the most authentic architecture
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I loved Edinburgh! Where’s your favourite city in the world?