Recently my other half and I took a trip up to Edinburgh for a few days. We try to do one ‘cultural’ holiday a year to balance out the ‘sitting in the sun next to the pool for a week’ holiday. Both have their pros obviously!
I thought I’d share my thoughts from the week as both a record for me and a break from the crafts for you. Edinburgh really is a beautiful place and I would thoroughly recommend it!
Monday – The Journey North
Late start, drive to York. Pass through several rain showers, park up in lovely sunshine. Locate Stone Roses bar, obligatory external photo taken. Lunch in Prezzo, wander to York Minster (beautiful building). Pop to WHS to purchase 40 packs Panini stickers, return to car just in time to avoid torrential downpour and hail. Continue drive up north, stop at The Angel of the North for photos. Drive onwards and enter Scotland. Pause for photos and view of the river Tweed. Onwards to Edinburgh and the Salisbury Hotel. Check in to cute little room and head into the city. Wander down the Royal Mile.
Tuesday – Edinburgh Castle
Gentle start, wander into Edinburgh centre. Take a look at Cowgate underneath South Bridge. Stroll down Royal Mile, pausing in Dunbars Close Garden, and outside the modern Scottish Parliament. Zoom back up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle. Watch (and jump six feet in the air) as the One O’Clock Gun is fired, walk around wonderful military exhibits, before sheltering from a thunderstorm that moves in from the Firth of Forth.
Head down into town and discover the record shop we wanted to visit had closed down so settle for a consolation beverage in the Wee Bar. Visit Greyfriars Bobby before going across town to the Hard Rock Cafe for diner and the chance to photograph every single piece of memorabilia. On returning to hotel, OH sets up his Panini sticker station to view yesterdays hoard.
Wednesday – Sightseeing
Walk to Holyrood Palace along edge of Holyrood Park next to gorgeous crags. Witness military dress rehearsal for Prince Edward’s impending royal visit. Walked up to Carlton Hill, stunning views across Edinburgh, taking in the whole city and castle. Obligatory photos of Nelson’s monument. Briefly lose OH as he goes clambering over National monument. Walk down into New Town, take a look at Scott’s monument. Pop into Jenners for loo break and to inspect haberdashery department (poor) and toy department (excellent Lego selection). Grab lunch from M&S and sit out in St Andrews Gardens to eat in the sunshine.
Wander past the Oxford Bar (haunt of DI Rebus). Tour New Town taking in Robert Louis Stevenson’s house and Charlotte Square. Zoom on up to the Royal Botanic Gardens and stroll round the tropical glasshouses and beautiful grounds for a couple of hours. Trek back through the city, pausing at Sir Chris Hoy’s gold postbox (yey!) and at Starbucks. Collapse on bed in hotel before walking back towards town and having dinner at The Reverie where OH tries haggis for the first time. Fab meal and beverages.
Today was the day when OH realised why the Royal Mile was so named.
Thursday – Taking on Arthur’s Seat
Head to Holyrood Park (in new walking boots – tres exciting!) and study sign to determine best route to the summit. Give up trying to figure it out and decide to go with the flow. Climb many steps. Pant, wheeze, glare at OH having no problems at all. Climb many more steps. Reach Arthur’s Seat where its very breezy. Lovely views of Edinburgh. Begin descent of Arthur’s Seat and head to the other side of the park. Walk around perimeter and head into the village of Duddingston. Consume very yummy three-course lunch at the Sheep Heid Inn. Wander slowly back to hotel for a rest & digest couple of hours. Head into town for a comedy night at The Stand. Brilliant acts and rather delish chocolate dipping platter and vino.
Friday – Edinburgh Zoo
Spent the whole day at Edinburgh Zoo, highlights included koalas, armadillos, giant pandas, penguins, meerkats, holding HUGE stick insects, tigers, rhinos and every single other animal there.
Jamie’s Italian for dinner on our last night, yum!
Saturday – The Journey South
Zoom down 400 miles of motorway, sad to be leaving a beautiful city, but thrilled to have experienced it.