22 Sep 2014

Exploring Edinburgh

I was lucky enough to be able to head up to Edinburgh recently to explore the city, go for some beautiful walks and to top it off I got to see my brother perform in the Fringe.

Both Kyle and I had never visited the city before and in turn both instantly fell in love with the place.  My favourite thing about Edinburgh is the proximity to the countryside and whilst most definitely being a big and bustling city, you can still see mountains and the sea which meant that I never once felt penned in or claustrophobic like I do in London.


The architecture is so beautiful and I love the gothic charm.  I could certainly see why such a place could inspire somewhere like Hogwarts!

We walked miles all over the city, dodging in and out of the crowds for the Fringe.  There were street performers, the 'world's tiniest kite', a stormtrooper, Predator and more.  Smells of street food (including haggis pizza of which Kyle enjoyed very much) and sounds of music such as a band combining bagpipes and reggae and laughter spilling out of the pubs and comedy venues.



We strolled along the Water of Leith Walkway which was such a beautiful and unexpected treat to be found in such a big city.  A stunning riverside walk with plants in abundance and a perfect contrast to going to see my brother perform and then a night out.  I loved the pubs and bars in Edinburgh because they came in all shapes and sizes which included interiors of traditional wooden beams and antlers mounted on the walls and also bohemian, extravagant cocktail bars with gilded walls and chandeliers.




Unfortunately we didn't get to explore inside the castle itself, but thoroughly enjoyed all of the views of it from around the city.  It is especially gorgeous at night when it is lit up, in fact all of the city is beautiful at night.




We went for a walk in Holyrood Park which boasted some stunning views and to top it off it didn't rain until we got back to the car, a definite result in Scotland!  In the park is Arthur's Seat which is the highest point atop a dormant volcano.  I would love to return and explore the park fully and make it up to the summit too.

Another place for a pretty walk is along the waterfront by Cramond Island, which has a path where you can actually walk to the island at low tide.  Nearby there is also another beautiful river walk along the River Almond. A great place to get some fresh air just out of the city.


We will definitely be returning to Edinburgh in the very near future as we just completely fell for the place.  I'm not a city person, that much is obvious, but there is just something special about Edinburgh that has left me wanting to explore it more.


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16 comments

  1. Ah this post has made me homesick! I grew up just outside Edinburgh and its one of my favourite cities (just behind Glasgow!). The atmosphere there is just so different isn't it? It just has a different feel about it. The Grassmarket is my favourite area, I love the coloured shop fronts! Can't wait to move back to Scotland now! :)

    PS beautiful photos as usual!

    Lou ~ whiskyandpancakes.co.uk

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    1. Aw I'm sorry to make you homesick! Yeah there definitely is something about the atmosphere, it is just such a fun place to be. Thank you so much x

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  2. Oh, Edinburgh is so lovely! I was there just for the day a little over a week ago. Looks like you had a nice time!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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    1. Such a great place isn't it? Thanks, I had a wonderful time x

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  3. you captured some seriously gorgeous photos here! edinburgh is such a wonderful city. it sounds like you guys had a really good time :)

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

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  4. I LOVE Edinburgh, it's easily one of my favourite cities in the UK. I visited a few times when I lived in London although always had to fly cos it was such a treck by train but now I'm living in Newcastle I can get there in just over an hour which is fantastic. We went on a day trip earlier in the year and had such a great time, Im hoping we can go for a weekend next time!

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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    1. You're so lucky to be so close, it took us about 4 hours. I definitely want to head up for a weekend sometime soon too x

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  5. I am really desperate to visit Edinburgh as it looks like such a beautiful place! Your photos really show this off too :) I think I'll have to visit some day for the Fringe Festival as well :) x

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    1. Thank you I'm glad you like them. You definitely should sometime x

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  6. I've seen so many great posts about Edinburgh and I just want to go!

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  7. Great photos, the fringe festival always looks so good. I must go one day!!

    www.amelialovesss.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Oh you should, it is completely crazy and so much fun x

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  8. I just discovered your blog and I love this post so I immediately follow you :)
    I'm Italian but one of my grand-aunts was Scottish, I would really like to visit Edinburgh, the city she told me when I was a little child. I hope in the future to have the possibility to visit it.
    xx
    Cary
    http://c--makeup.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, that's very kind. If you ever get the chance you should definitely try and visit, it is such a beautiful city. Thank you for following x

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