Edinburgh // Scotland // November 2018
Brock and I were invited to Scotland by some friends, and to break up our journey we decided to stop off at a few locations, one being the Capital City of Scotland- Edinburgh!
In 1995 Edinburgh was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in recognition of the city’s unique architectural heritage and it is clear to see why!
One of the things we loved about this city was the amount of free things to do! The city is full of amazing history, art galleries and great food!
Where to go?
Edinburgh Castle– The Castle is a historic fortress and a famous icon of Scotland being part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site! It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction! It’s £18.50 per adult for a ticket.
Princes Street gardens– This a a public park set in a valley between the New Town and Old Town. It’s the perfect place for an autumn stroll or a picnic and to take a bit of time out of the busy shopping streets.
Royal Botanical Gardens– Well I always have to find a botanical garden to visit when we go away! The gardens are 1 mile away from the city centre and the perfect place to have a break from the busy city by discovering over 70 acres of beautiful landscape. You can take a wonder through the 10 glasshouses including the Victorian Temperate Palmhouse which dates back to 1858 and one of the tallest traditional palm houses ever built! With ten different climatic zones the glasshouses are home to over 3,000 exotic plants from around the world! On the journey to the Botanical Gardens, take a walk through Circus lane, one of the most photographic lanes in the City! The gardens are free but there is a small charge to go into the glasshouses which is £6.50 per adult.
The Scottish National Gallery– The gallery is situated right in the heart of the city and is home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world. Entry is free.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery– Being one of Edinburghs most iconic buildings, it showcases Scotlands past and present through imagery, photography, film and sculpture. Entry is free.
The Old Town– That’s the name given to the oldest past of the city. It’s a labyrinth of cobbled streets, shops and architecture packed full of history. It forms part of the protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
City Art Centre– The Art Centre is for historic and contemporary Scottish visual and applied arts and it includes works by some of the most important Scottish artists. Entry is free.
Calton Hill– The perfect place to watch the sunrise or sunset over the historic landscape of the city!
Where to eat?
Dishoom– Irani cuisine chain. There’s a few Dishoom restaurants in London that we’ve been too and LOVE so we decided to try the one in Edinburgh and it’s no different! They do an amazing Colaba Colada!
Koyama Japanese restaurant– Being the one and only sushi restaurant in Edinburgh with all dinnerware imported directly from Japan!
Ting Thai Caravan– Starting up at the Edinburgh Festival in 2012, and now with two restaurants this Thai family offer authentic Thai street food.
Lovecrumbs– A quirky cafe with mismatched tableware, fancy coffee and a dresser full of homemade cakes made with local ingredients. The perfect cafe to have a slice of cake when visiting the castle.
Cuckoos Bakery– This little Cafe was named in a magazine’s ‘Top 10 places for tea & cake in the UK!’ and won the ‘Best Individual Cake in Scotland’ award in 2017/2018! Do you need any more reasons to go?! Also it’s located close by the Botanical Gardens if you’re in that location.
Where to drink?
The Garden– This hidden gem is a beautiful oasis of greenery and is the perfect place to stop and have a drink while shopping on Princes Street.
Brew Lab Coffee– This trendy coffee-house offers single origin brews and artisanal produce.
Cairngorm Coffee– With two cafes in Edinburgh, they serve their own coffee which is roasted near by in the Cairngorms and profile some of the best roasters in the world.
Where to stay?
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel– There are 4 Apex hotels to choose from in Edinburgh, so we choose to stay at the Waterloo Place Hotel. We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights and we had such an amazing stay! With classic Georgian architecture the building is in the perfect location to explore Edinburgh and just a few steps away from Calton hill, the best place to watch a gorgeous sunrise over the city landscape! They have a spa, swimming pool, bar and lounge and a modern eating area. With spacious rooms, amazing breakfast, and lovely staff we felt like we had everything we needed and more! We would definitely recommend this hotel when visiting Edinburgh and it made our stay in the city perfect.
We found Edinburgh to be very walkable, but Uber is available to use which was handy for places slightly out of the main town like the Botanical Gardens.
If you have any recommendations of places you’ve visited in Edinburg please let us know below!