Saturday, 5 August 2017

My Travels: Edinburgh

Hey!
During the last week of July I went to Edinburgh for 5 days and it was a lovely break to explore somewhere new. I had never been to Scotland before but I definitely want to go back, maybe next time during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was a family holiday and we stayed with my uncle who runs an AirBnB near the Royal Mile. The accommodation was amazing and so central to everywhere in Edinburgh city. I have a video up on my YouTube channel of everything I got up to, click HERE.

Once as we got off the tram and dropped our luggage at the apartment, we headed up the Arthur's Seat as you can see it was an absolutely beautiful day and the views are out of this world. We ended up not going up to Arthur's Seat as we were all tired from travelling, but we went up a hill nearby that had an amazing view.


We went to this cool park which I completely forget the name of but it had yet another beautiful view and had this cool architecture which of course we needed to get a dramatic picture up there. A few little tips for going to Edinburgh 1. Bring comfy shoes, I brought my new Adidas Superstars, and they worked a treat. 2. Bring a rain jacket, the weather is as unpredictable as the Irish weather. 3. Reusable bags, have one in your bag at all times as if you want to go shopping you'll have to pay 10p for a bag and let's be real nobody wants to pay it.



Next of course was Edinburgh Castle. Unfortunately, the good weather didn't last for very long as Tuesday was very overcast but it didn't rain. Edinburgh Castle has another great view of the city, if you get a good day, we could see most of the city but the pictures were dark and dreary. If you are thinking of going to the Castle I would recommend booking your tickets online as it saves you the time for queuing which can be really long. We did the quick guided tour which was so interesting and didn't bore me completely which was a miracle. The best thing about them is that they are free and start every 15 minutes.



After the castle, we walked down the hill to the Botanic Gardens which was beautiful. I enjoyed spending the afternoon strolling around the beautiful grounds.



We did a bus tour of the city which I liked I guess but it wasn't my favourite thing. Also, we did the Edinburgh Dungeons which was good but I personally wouldn't go back to do it as it just wasn't my cup of tea but the rest of my family enjoyed it.

Of course visiting the Sherlock Holmes statue was mandatory due to my recent obsession of the TV series Sherlock.






It wouldn't be a trip to Edinburgh if you don't go to The Elephant House where JK Rowling wrote some of Harry Potter. We passed this multiple times but there was always a queue out the door, so we never dared to go in but one evening we got in and it was amazing. I enjoyed the Harry Potter atmosphere with the bathroom graffitied with Harry Potter stuff, the ceiling is full of it too. The drawers at the tables are full of fan letters to JK Rowling and from her table, the view of Edinburgh Castle looks like Hogwarts. Another place where JK wrote some of Harry Potter is Spoon though in 1997 it was a pub, they till have the original windows. The food was delicious too.


The National Museum of Scotland is also a good spot to go if you have an hour or two to spare. It is huge and has numerous exhibitions of anything under the sun, technology, animal planet and fashion. I didn't get to look in the fashion section as we ran out of time and had to go.



I, off course, did a little shopping in Kiko, Superdrug and Primark which you'll see popping up in the next few blog posts.

If you are into illusions, which I totally am, I recommend Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions. I didn't take any photos her due to illusions are hard to photography right but I have a little section in my video, sorry for another cheeky plug, it'll give you a great idea of what's in store there.



On the last evening we went on a walk in Princes Street Gardens which was a 2-minute walk from where we were staying. It was nice taking everything at a slow pace and watch the city life go by.  It was a nice way to end the city break just enjoying what this city had to offer.


Make sure to check out my YouTube video of my trip.

Have you gone anywhere nice recently.

Thanks for being awesome,

4 comments:

  1. You look like you had such a lovely time in Scotland. I definitely love the photos of the Elephant Room, I would've definitely wrote something in there too.

    Christina// www.thisfashiongirl.com

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    1. Thanks for commenting Christina. I was thinking of writing something there too but there wasn't enough space on the walls or the ceiling for me to write anything.

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  2. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous, Ro! Adding this place to my bucket list!

    https://guiliannamarie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for commenting Guilianna! It is a beautiful place, I 100% recommend to go.

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