Edinburgh seriously ticks all the boxes for anyone looking to get swept off their feet. This is one romantic, little city with architecture that will make your heart skip a beat.
We spent three nights in Edinburgh earlier this year. It was relaxing, beautiful and we felt as though we’ve gone back in time.
Where to stay in Edinburgh:
We stayed in the gorgeous boutique, Nira Caledonia hotel in New Town, Edinburgh. We had a lovely room with a beautiful view across New Town.
Not really knowing much about the city we were really happy to learn that this location was perfect! Old Town is an area you have to visit (It’s where Edinburgh Castle is), but New Town is where you want to stay. The area is surrounded by the best restaurants and coffee shops and the architecture is just out of this world.
How to get there:
We left Heathrow after work and arrived back to London via City Airport on the Sunday late afternoon. I recommend flying to City Airport. For such a short flight you really don’t want to spend ages getting through customs. Next time we are hoping to take the fast train to Edinburgh lasting about 5 hours (not much longer than an airport experience) and it takes you to the heart of Edinburgh.
When to go:
Edinburgh gets cold, really cold. However, winter months still have a charm as it’s quite and prices are better. I can imagine that this city must be spectacular in spring in autumn. We got a glimpse of spring and man, was it lovely.
Things to do:
- Visit New Town! If you take a stroll through New Town, Edinburgh you’ll see a variety of restaurants and coffee shops to choose from.
- Take the Hop-on Hop-off bus. It was only £15 and with Edinburgh being a bit hilly we were forever grateful. The tour guide also encouraged us to venture down the alleyways of the famous Royal Mile, which brings me to the third point…
- Don’t just visit the Royal Mile, make the time and walk down as many closes as you possibly can. These are little alleyways and courtyards that are basically a time machine. We discovered a beautiful (almost secret) garden all thanks to our tour guide. Here is a list of all the closes on the Royal Mile.
- Discover the Water of Leith Walkway and walk to Dean Village. This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful walks I’ve taken in my life. The beauty of Edinburgh is that it’s a city yet it’s so intertwined with nature and the river is a big part of that and Dean Village is a little piece of heaven:
- Visit the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. In a city where rain is pretty much guaranteed, it’s important to have some indoor activities planned (other than eating your way through Edinburgh). This museum is perfect for just that. It’s not too big, entry is free and the architecture of the building is as equally impressive as the art.
I hope that you have this city on your bucket list and that you get to visit soon. Remember your umbrella and rain coat!