I spend just about every day thinking about Edinburgh and Scotland. There was just something about it that makes me yearn for it. The picturesque landscape, the people, the food all make me wish I spent more than two days there. Actually, when I think about the short time we were there, I can’t believe that we only allocated two days there when I wish we spent weeks. Needless to say, I need to go back immediately.
Anyways, Edinburgh is incredible. For starters it’s beautiful even though it rained 85% of the time we were there. It’s rather small and by that I mean, Edinburgh is very walkable. They have a tram system, double decker BLACK buses (which I loved, super classy), and of course taxi’s.
The Royal Mile
We spent a lot of our time on the Royal Mile. It goes from the Edinburgh Castle all the way to the water (which you can see a bit in the picture above). Lots of shops (I hope you are in the market for tartan scarves and kilts!), restaurants, and beautiful architecture!
We stayed at Castle Rock Hostel which was the perfect location as it is literally right across the street from Edinburgh Castle. Their prices were perfect for a three bed private room, they did our laundry (for £5), and the staff were outstanding.
The view from our room
The main event, the reason why we went to Edinburgh was the Castle. It was such a lovely place with great views and rich history. Take the tour! It’s free with cost of admission (£16). You’ll see a 900 year old chapel (!!!!!) and the coronation stone that they still use to this day in London. And if you have sometime, have tea and scones at the little restaurant they have next to the cannons! Fun fact about the cannons, they are actually naval cannons and were placed at the castle after Queen Victoria was disappointed there were none.
My mom and I.
We also had to take a couple of these…because of reasons.
Dancing in the Dance Hall
Lastly, we got tattoos. I like to remember experiences this way and since I love to travel, I got this beaut at Studio 13!
One of these days, I will go back and in the meantime I will bide my time with these wonderful memories and if you ever have the chance, do yourself a favor and go!