Edinburgh is one of those places that I’ve been desperate to visit for a really long time. And for those of you who’ve been following me for a little while may remember last year Scott and I headed to Edinburgh for the new year.
The Scottish capital really out did itself with it’s many Hogmany parties, but it’s also got a whole lot more to offer at any time of the year. It’s got beautiful cobbled streets, gothic buildings and narrow alleyways, it’s the one places apart from London where I could picture myself living. And if Scott wanted to whisk me away for Valentines day… I wouldn’t complain.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is nestled between two extinct volcanoes. The old town is where the tourist flock, and it stretches from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the foot of the Royal Mile. Edinburgh is a cultural playground and it’s the perfect blend of old and new.
Where to stay
Book yourself into a night or two at the 24 Royal Terrace, which came into being as Alan Campbell’s collection of contemporary art outgrew his house. You’ll find this boutique hotel a stone throw away from the Royal Gardens of Holyrood Palace and Calton Hill. It was built in the 1820s and the restoration has retained much of it’s architectural features. The mix of Georgian style and contemporary interior design is a fusion not to scoff at.
What to do whilst you’re there
The best of the beaten track is definitely Edinburgh Castle which offers 360 degree views of the city. As you walk down from the castle onto the Royal Mile, pop into one of the many Scottish taverns and sink and pink or two. At the foot of the Royal Mile you’ll stumble across the Scottish Parliament building and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. After a little hike, you’ll find Arthur’s Seat. It’s the perfect place to end the day and watch the sunset. Pretty romantic too if you pack a bottle of bubbly in your bag.
The recently refurbed National Museum of Scotland is also not to be missed and is home to vast collections covering the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology, and of course, Scottish history.
Where to eat
You can’t head to Edinburgh without trying some traditional Scottish food, and you must try the Haggis from The Royal McGregor. To start to can get haggis fritters with sweet chilli and honey dressing, and for mains get the Highland burger served with haggis and whisky sauce. Many people are put off by haggis as it’s made with either sheep’s of calf’s offal, but seriously, just try it, you won’t regret it.
Scott and I stumbled upon Maison Bleue by chance, we were following our stomachs and landed here. It was my favourite place that we ate in Edinburgh. It’s a perfect date spot and is full of cosy corners, and not to mention beautiful French and Scottish food.
Another cherished foodie spot is Mums, it’s comfort food at its best. It’s basic but you’ll leave full and satisfied. Their menu consists of various pies, different types of sausages with mash, and they also make a banging fry up. If your head is feeling a bit sore after too many malts, then mums will cure you.
Best time to visit
A trip to Edinburgh is perfect for a long weekend. Look to the summer when the Fringe is on as it has 50,000+ performances in over 300 venues. It’s also a great place to ring in the new year with its many Hogmany celebrations, get involved in the torchlight procession which will take you from Edinburgh castle to Calton Hill.
How much does it cost?
Prices are a little bit cheaper than London and a pint will set you back around £4 and a meal will start from £10+