In honor of Scotland’s historic vote on September 18th and decision to remain part of the UK, I wanted to share my Edinburgh travel guide. I have always wanted to go to Scotland because as a child, I became obsessed with Mary Queen of Scotts, and I am not going to lie, I was over the moon with a chance to go see the country first hand.
We arrived in Scotland via train, which dropped us in the heart of the city. The trip from London was relaxed and comfortable. I would highly recommend using the railway over the air as a way to gain access to the city center. A small hike up some stone steps and we were in the center of town on the Royal Mile. We stayed on the Royal Mile, and while it was convenient, it was a touch to touristy for me. Kilts, Whiskey, and Scottish souvenirs are being pushed everywhere.
Regardless though, Edinburgh is breathtakingly beautiful. A city draped in green, with the bluffs on one side and the ocean on the other. Built on a hill, it has lots of tiny stairs to climb, cobblestone streets, and beautiful stone houses to gaze at. With two castles, lots of shopping, dining, and amazing gardens there is a whole lot to love.
My Edinburgh Picks (Edinburgh Travel Guide):
Where to Eat:
Urban Angel: an amazing organic bakery, deli, and lunch shop- that was so delicious we visited twice (in four days.)
The Vintage: offering the best charcuterie and draft beer selection I have ever seen. The calamari was the best-fried squid I have ever eaten (seriously).
What to Do:
The Royal Botanic Gardens are perfect for an afternoon walk. With English style gardens, beautiful flowers and a serene environment you can really relax and enjoy the lushness of the Scotland.
Take a hike up to Calton Hill. The views are spectacular!
Check out the art in the Scottish National Gallery. A lovely, quick, and enjoyable museum set in the center of town.
Relax in Princess Street Gardens. Maybe it’s because in Las Vegas, we have no greenery but I spent three glorious hours just relaxing and people watching. LOVELY!