Friday, 29 December 2017

At the beginning of December, Hannah and I took an early morning train all the way up to Edinburgh. I was so excited to explore such a wonderful city, especially as Hannah had never been before. The night before we went, we made sure to re-watch 'Sunshine on Leith', you know, just in case anybody started to sing any Proclaimers songs.

Where is Edinburgh?
Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city, is located in the South East of Scotland.

Where did you stay?
We stayed in the Cairn Hotel's Windsor Street Apartments. 
The hotel was a good location, not exactly central, but only a ten minute walk away. I would say that if you choose to stay here, try to upgrade to a larger room as the rooms are quite small.

What did you do?
We packed a lot into the two days we were there.
On the first day, we headed straight to Edinburgh Castle. We also managed to hit a few shops on George Street.

That evening, we visited the Christmas Markets for bratwurst and mulled wine before going out for drinks. It was a great, festive way of starting the Christmas season.

The next day we visited The Royal Yacht Britannia. This was really interesting, to learn all about the running of the Royal Family's 'home away from home.' As it was the first weekend of December, they were offering mulled wine and shortbread on board which was a lovely touch.
That afternoon we walked through the city and took a tour of second hand bookshops. A couple of the ones that we found were Armchair Books and Southside Books. Looking for the bookshops let us see the city as well. It is so beautiful.

On our last morning in Edinburgh, we took a free walking tour of the city centre. There are lots of different tours but we went with City Explorers. Our tour guide was called Chris and he was excellent. It is two hours long and you get a great mixture of history and culture from the first settlers in Edinburgh until today. Did you know that JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Edinburgh? There was lots of stops along the tour, pointing out where she got inspiration from.

Food and Drink
The two main places we went for food and drink were George Street and Grassmarket. Some of the places we visited whilst we were in Edinburgh were:

The Dome - so Christmassy but so busy!
Oink - 100% would recommend (NOT if you're veg or vegan though!!)

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